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TBE Female Founders Club Launch

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Runway East Moorgate

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This October, we are launching the TBE Female Founders Club which is a community of exceptional female founders looking to grow their enterprises to the next level. We are kicking off the first TBE Female Founders Club event on October 18th where we will be hearing from high profile female entrepreneurs as well as giving you the opportunity to meet other interesting female founders.

''This is a fabulous initiative to help build more female founders - I hope it flies.'' - Martha Lane Fox


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Annoushka Ducas MBE is one of the country’s leading fine jewellery designers who since 2009 has founded and run her eponymous jewellery company – Annoushka. Having trained at The Sorbonne her rise to prominence has been unconventional and in the late ‘80s a pair of fish cufflinks that she made for her Mother’s fish business, grew into a ground-breaking idea and global luxury brand – Links of London which was founded by Annoushka and her husband John Ayton. Links of London was one of the greatest success stories of the ‘90s – for the first time making luxury jewellery – predominantly in silver, widely available and in 2006 when they sold the business, it was available in 25 countries.

With her new venture – Annoushka – who is passionate about jewels and colour – is determined that the same piece of jewellery can be formal or informal. There should be no boundaries in wearing diamonds with jeans and she understands that women look more and more for jewellery to be an expression of their personal identity. In 2012 Annoushka was awarded an MBE for her services to British jewellery, she takes an active role in developing new and emerging talent and has four children. Annoushka has two standalone stores in central London and is in every major department store.

Emily Brooke thought up the idea of her lazer bike light after realising, whilst cycling next to a lorry, that he couldn't see her and that if he turned left she would be "squished". In response to this problem, Brooke created a front bike light which projects a green laser image of a bicycle 5m (16ft) ahead in order to warn motorists that there is a cyclist in their blind spot. This idea was her main university project and in a year after graduating from Brighton, she launched Blaze in London.

She does not consider herself an entrepreneur, despite winning investment from the family of Sir Richard Branson. Instead she describes herself as "a crazy, optimistic and driven person, fortunate enough to be making her vision a reality". Solely through positive word of mouth, Brooke was able to raise a wapping £55,000 via crowdfunding website Kickstarter, almost three times its £20,000 target. This investment was enough money to agree a final design and for production to start officially in 2014. Since then Brooke has continued to grow her business and is now working on engineering a rear bike light. It's tough and she has made a lot of personal sacrifices, however she says "I never get that Monday morning hump. This is my life and I'm lucky to be building something I believe in."

*To attend our launch event, there is a £10.00 registration fee, which will make you a pre-registered TBE FF Club Member. Please visit www.tbeclub.com for more details. More details will be sent to you by email once you have booked your ticket.

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