Supporting female founders in tech

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The tech sector still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality. While progress has been made over the years, women in tech face hurdles such as discrimination and outdated hiring processes. All of this works to drive women out of tech and uphold ingrained, sectoral biases.

Female founders come up against these same challenges time and time again, which robs the industry of innovative firms and stems the flow of progress. For a more diverse sector, more work needs to be done on initiatives to support the next generation of women in tech.

In this episode, Jane and Rory speak to Laura Hutton, co-founder and chief customer officer at Quantexa, to discuss women in tech and the role leaders can play in improving equality throughout the sector.


“This isn't, you know, women fighting for equity and full equality on their own. We are only going to be successful in this when we have allies in equal numbers to those who are directly affected. And ultimately, it does directly affect all genders, all nationalities, all races in the working world.”

“We need to identify early those female entrepreneurs, those female startups and give them the relevant support so that they know how to approach this world in the right way. And actually, if they are pitching to people who are different to themselves, how do they pitch in a way that attracts the investment level?”

“My view is anybody can code, I didn't learn to code until I was 22. I didn't do any in my degree [and] didn't do anything at school, I was taught in my first job. If you are a logical thinker, then there is no reason why you can't upskill in some of these areas. So there are opportunities to go in and be a pure technical coder, but I think there are opportunities to come into that upper management, where you have a much broader commercial knowledge of how businesses work.”



Rory Bathgate
Features and Multimedia Editor

Rory Bathgate is Features and Multimedia Editor at ITPro, overseeing all in-depth content and case studies. He can also be found co-hosting the ITPro Podcast with Jane McCallion, swapping a keyboard for a microphone to discuss the latest learnings with thought leaders from across the tech sector.

In his free time, Rory enjoys photography, video editing, and good science fiction. After graduating from the University of Kent with a BA in English and American Literature, Rory undertook an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at King’s College London. He joined ITPro in 2022 as a graduate, following four years in student journalism. You can contact Rory at or on LinkedIn.