Inspiring women profiles

Find out about women spinout founders and their companies

Daniela Paredes Fuentes

Company: Gravity Sketch
Position in company: Co-Founder and Director 
Academic background: Bachelors in Industrial Design, Diploma in Industrial and Product Design, MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and MA Design from Royal College of Art

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“Gravity Sketch is one of the fastest-growing 3D creation start-ups that has raised more than £2.2m.”

Sheana Yu

Company: Aergo Ltd
Position in company: Founder and CEO
Academic background: BA Product Design from Central Saint Martins, joint MA/MSc in Global Innovation Design from Imperial College London and Royal College of Art

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“Aergo Ltd is a MedTech company, developing inclusive solutions to empower people living with disabilities to live to their fullest potential.”

Professor Lucy Donaldson

Company: Exonate Limited
Position in company: Founding Scientist
Academic background: Dentistry BDS, Neuroscience BSc (Hons) and PhD Pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh

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“Exonate is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule drugs to address diseases of high unmet medical need.”

Dr Agnieszka Brandt-Talbot

Company: Lixea
Position in company: Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder
Academic background: BSc and MSc from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany and PhD in Chemistry and Life Sciences from Imperial College London

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“Lixea is an Imperial College spin-out company developing an innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost ionic liquids.”

Dr Liisa van Vliet

Company: Drop-tech Ltd
Position in company: Managing Director and Founder
Academic background: BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Bowdoin College, MPhil Biochemistry and PhD Biochemistry from University of Cambridge

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“Drop-Tech is a spin-out company resulting from a scientific collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London.”

Professor Joanne Martin

Company: Biomoti Limited
Position in company: Non-Executive Director
Academic background: Medic qualified from Cambridge and the London Hospital PhD from the University of London and a Masters in Leadership

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“Biomoti Limited are engineering cancer therapeutics to ensure more effective treatment with fewer side effects.”

Professor Charlotte Williams

Company: Econic Technologies
Position in company: Chief Scientific Officer
Academic background: BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

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“A pioneering chemical technology company, Econic creates new value from waste CO2 for the plastics industry.”

Dr Joan Condell

Company: ActionSense Ltd
Position in company: Co-Founder, Director and former CEO
Academic background: BSc Mathematics, Statistics and Computing at Ulster University, Msc Industrial Mathematics University of Strathclyde, PhD in Computing and Theoretical Mathematics Ulster University.

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“ActionSense has developed a state of the art technology-infused glove that, by analysing movement of the hand, detects and measures joint stiffness.”

Carolyn Hicks

Company: Brill Power
Position in company: Co-founder, CFO/COO
Academic background: BASc Civil Engineering University of Toronto, MASc Civil Engineering University of Toronto and MBA University of Oxford

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“Brill Power aims to make batteries more intelligent to increase the lifetime performance of lithium-ion battery packs.”