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Month of events to celebrate trailblazing women

Trailblazing Women is a month of events to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month this March, raising money for Brighton Women's Centre.

A series of virtual events celebrating trailblazing women will be held by innovation hub Plus X Brighton this March.

Panel events, masterclasses, interviews and digital content will celebrate women who are innovating for social, environmental, and political good, to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Created in partnership with female founders’ network Found & Flourish and BRITE, the £10.5million programme helping Sussex businesses scale, Trailblazing Women brings together speakers from investment, technology, politics, and the creative arts. Each is on a mission to deliver positive change through their work.

Plus X – Sarah Ticho & Olga Hopton

Delegates will meet other female entrepreneurs, learn from inspiring success stories and discuss how to help purpose-led businesses thrive and inspire change.

The events are part of Spring Forward, Brighton’s largest celebration of women in digital culture, set up in 2016 to encourage women to step into tech-focused careers.

Read more: Women in digital and creative industries tell their stories at International Women’s Day event

Tickets to Trailblazing Women can be purchased on a pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds going to local charity Brighton Women’s Centre. Each ticket holder will be entered into a raffle to win a month’s free desk space at Plus X Brighton on Lewes Road.

Programme highlights include:

Trailblazing Women | Innovating for Good

A panel chaired by Lara Sheldrake, founder of Found & Flourish, exploring ways of using technology and innovation to meet social and environmental goals.

Speakers include:

  • Erika Brodnick – Sky News’ resident parenting expert, founder of software companies Karisma Kidz and Kami, and board member of the APPG for Entrepreneurship

  • Deepali Nangia – angel investor, advisor to female founders, and co-founder of Alma Angels, a company set-up to democratize and demystify angel investing

  • Lucy Hughes – designer and founder of MarinaTex, a biodegradable material that serves as an alternative to plastic film that’s transforming our approach to plastic pollution.

Trailblazing Women | Serious About Games

An interactive talk with two female founders running businesses on the BRITE programme for high growth enterprises. Expect immersive activities, presented by Sarah Ticho, founder of Hatsumi, and Hazel Reynolds, founder of Gamely Games.

Sarah and Hazel will also discuss their journeys, the lack of women in gaming tech and what the future looks like, as well as demonstrating their creations.

Sarah Ticho VR demonstration

Interactive masterclass

The final event taking place on March 26 will be an interactive masterclass hosted by a local leader in the creative arts.


Olga Hopton, managing director of Plus X Brighton, said: “Plus X is already home to some exceptional female-led start-ups and scale ups – boosted by the launch of the BRITE programme last year. Collaborating with like-minded organisations in our community – like Found & Flourish and Spring Forward – on the inaugural Trailblazing Women has been a real pleasure, and a natural step for Plus X as we look to support Sussex women in business as the world opens up post-COVID.”

Olga Hopton

Lara Sheldrake, founder of Found & Flourish, said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to share this wonderful celebration of trailblazing women with PlusX and Brite to mark International Women’s Day.

“Every day we see women underselling themselves and holding back from building businesses for fear of failure or simply because they don’t know where to start. From sharing experiences, we can learn practical lessons and insights to empower us on our entrepreneurial paths. Crucially, storytelling de-risks entrepreneurship so we believe it is an essential pillar in closing the opportunity gap for womxn entrepreneurs.”

To find out more about the events, visit

Bex Bastable
Bex Bastable
Bex is a journalist and the co-founder of The Women's Work Collective.


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