Women’s Tech Hub/Founders working with WIST

CTO role

Women’s Tech Hub were recently introduced by one of our allies to a group from ‘out of town’ called We in Social Tech (WIST) which is an accelerator that supports female social tech founders.

“The We in Social Tech growth accelerator programme has been created to support 85 ambitious women-led social tech businesses over two years.

Whether you’re starting out or are already established, the most important thing is that you’re passionate about making a positive impact with your business.

The accelerator is delivered by Nwes, the largest not-for-private-profit enterprise agency in the UK, and supported by Deutsche Bank, through its social enterprise programme Made for Good.”

They are currently running with a cohort of new start-ups who are the ideas people behind some great solutions but do not necessarily have the tech knowledge and are essentially looking for a mix of CTO’s and freelancers to help get their companies onto the next stage.  

We believe that we have many women in our network who do have the knowledge and tech skills to step into these roles and as such we are looking to advertise their needs and also offer a training overview of what the CTO roles require, and look into arranging additional skills training if required.  We know that most CTO’s generally step into the role through starting up a tech business or are promoted into the role and do not have formal training, this takes confidence and drive.  We do know there’s a lack of women in the role and think that this is a great next step for many of our members looking to move up in their careers, moving into more ‘tech for good roles’, especially those who hadn’t previously considered CTO roles as accessible to them.

There are options also to work on a freelance basis and move into a CTO role once the companies are ready and you have proven yourselves ‘in the job’.

If you are interested in talking to us about the opportunities please contact us on info@wthub.org – we will put out blogposts on each of the opportunities to describe them better.  There is also the opportunity to work remotely and also flexibly so please don’t let the fact that they are not locally based startups put you off!

 The companies looking currently are:


A community of sustainable business creators” are looking for a freelancer with an opportunity to move into a CTO role


social enterprise that is fighting to lower the financial barrier of entry into journalism” are looking for a freelance CTO

I am the world

“bring back the beauty and wisdom of travelling while creating a lasting impact for a better world” are looking for a CTO and

Republic of Hugs

embraces immersive and interactive technologies to create wellness and entertainment experiences” are looking for a CTO and in future some Web and Software Developers (hence no website link or logo yet)

We’ll follow up with some further details on the companies but for now, we are interested in members who may be interested in an initial chat on what options are available. There’s no major signup, just contact us on info@wthub.org and we can discuss what the companies are looking for, discuss whether you believe it may suit you and then set up an intro.

Made Tech Academy 2020

Made Tech Logo

This is the best opportunity to learn and get paid for the pleasure, that we have seen and we suggest that you get in quick. It’s perfect for juniors wanting more experience, home upskilled, and basically, anyone wanting to get into Tech. It comes complete with a Job at the end so what’s not to love?

The Made Tech Academy is a 12-week programme for those who want to start a career in software engineering or have been learning to code but haven’t had the opportunity to gain any commercial experience working within the tech industry.

The programme is led by our full-time engineers and ex-Academy students and gives participants the skills they need to join one of our project delivery teams while getting paid a full salary of £22,500 – 25,000 (depending on location) from day one.

The 2020 Academy programme will begin as a remote experience with participants from London, Manchester and Bristol and will be starting in early September.

The closing date for applications is the 30th of June 2020.

View our Academy page for more information and to apply! (you can mention that you heard about it from us)


Here is a selection of blog posts written by ex-Academy engineers describing the programme:

Our Brilliant Candidates

Robot searching for a job

We set up our candidates page recently to support our members looking to further their careers and we have some brilliant members coming through. The full details are available on our candidate page here. We do charge based on trust but also look for companies with a good culture, the monies are to enable us to continue to support the women for free so please contact us on info@wthub.org if you want an informal chat about the candidates as we are happy to consider options especially for struggling businesses and SME’s.

We will be moving these blogs onto our tech3shed.org super inclusive jobs fair site in future when we get a spare second due to not running the events currently. We’ll advertise the members here though too.

A couple of our members set up websites to use for portfolios which we think are brilliant and what better way to show off your design skills.

Check out some great job hunting ideas

Gabs#1 (she’s just got a job though but we love her site)

Another one Gabs#2 made with React and Javascript

Other candidates include…

Juniors because its their first job after graduation or they are moving their career into tech or returners after a break

  • MSc Robotics; BA in Agricultural Mechanization and Automation
  • Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering;Bachelor Degree in Education;Six Sigma Yellow Belt from ASQ; Maths Teacher;Senior Chemical Engineer (product safety, quality process and production);
  • B.E. in electronics & telecommunication;Diploma in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering; Completed Software Testing course from SEED Infotech, Pursuing Data Analysis Certification from Udemy;
  • Bachelor Degree in Illustration;Level 2 C&G Diploma – Web Design and IT;CPD Certificate in User Experience Design
  • Senior Technical Project Management Consultant;Computer Information Systems Bsc (2 years); Bsc Psychology and Philosophy
  • M.Sc. Electronic Engineering; Batchelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering; Management of Electronics Devices and Circuits; lecturer in Electronic Devices and Circuits, Digital Electronics;

Mid Level, some experience in the industry that we belive should be treated as such:

  • PhD in Composite Design and Manufacture (UOB), MEng Materials Science (Oxford), Supply Chain and Purchasing Management, Associate Developer
  • 8 years Project Programme Management in IT within Manufacturing & Media. 4 years within Organisational Design & Strategy Delivery
  • 2 years system analyst, 10 years web dev/graphic design, also 2 years + pixel artist
  • 20 years industry experience in Information Management and Business Processes
  • Information Management MSc, DevAcademy, Full stack developer course, Mathematics and Computer Science Teaching (7 years), Automation Testing course
  • Women in Cyber Academy Bootcamp, Information Management MSc, Psychology BSc, PGCE Secondary, Social Anthropology & Comparative Religion BA
  • Senior Production Manager, Content Manager & Office Management, PA and Marketing Assistant
  • MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering;
  • B.E(Bachelors in Engineering); Oracle certified Associate.
  • 3+ years as a test engineer
  • BA Medical Sciences & Psychology (Cambridge);MA Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Sussex)

Senior Level – the serious experienced ones – pervious is too long so just the job titles!

  • Project/programme Management/BA
  • Experienced Assurance Manager working in Safety Critical systems
  • Experienced Head of Talent, Learning & Development
  • Experienced Design Engineer with lots of Rail Experience including AutoCAD design.
  • Finance-raising for tech companies
  • BA/Digital Marketing/CMS management

We also have… (no charge here)

The University of Bristol has started a COVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The scheme provides paid work experience of 4 weeks for current students within Bristol based SMEs. Organisations taking part in the scheme will receive a grant per internship to cover their intern’s full wages of £1149.40.

The full details can be found here: https://engage.bristol.ac.uk/Uploads/Attachments/Internships-guide-for-employers-COVID-19-FUND.pdf

I am currently a PhD student in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at the University of Bristol. I specialise in photonics with a particular interest in Telecommunications, which is my background. Prior to starting the PhD I was a Optical/IP Transport Engineer at Vodafone NZ for a number of years, and last year completed an internship with Ciena in London.

I am well versed in various coding languages, data analysis, modelling, and report writing; among other skills (www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-davidson-5b029192)

Day 7 in the Big brother house

Cabin Fever

Anybody who wondered what the Big Brother house was like to be in? At least you don’t have an audience of people watching and commenting on your every mood swing so that has to be good – right?

There’s obviously not a lot going on and to be fair the phone autocorrected a word to be webinarse – and we can’t say we blame it so are making it the word of the month. Catching up with reading old fashioned books is working well and keeping us away from the screen, which is like a breath of fresh (or rather house) air.

Things to Like!

Some things that we’ve spotted that are now pretty accessible are:

The artificial intelligence festival – there are free tickets to limited talks or only $99 for access to all areas, remote of course! It’s running from June the 8th til the 12th.

Support Folding@home It is a project focused on disease research. The problems they’re solving require so many computer calcul­ations – and need your help to find the cures! Be part of a bigger solution with your time and compute power (you don’t need to be a genius)

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Time to upskill

Home learning

You have probably already gotten through all your boxsets and caught up on all your reading/housework/DIY this week so we’ve decided to put some activities together to keep you all busy during this time of self isolation.

Being a glass half full lot we think that if we actually had the time on our hands to do stuff during this time then what better way than to use the time to upskill. For companies closed or struggling with reduced workload its the perfect chance to upskill your staff. For those who are in other industries who are in shutdown currently – take a look at the free or affordable online training options.

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