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Alice Bentinck

Alice originally worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Having been exposed to technology businesses in this role, Alice realised how technology was fundamentally changing the way we work, live and play, and knew she wanted to be part of that world. She left her job and built the first UK-wide start-up accelerator for graduates, Entrepreneur First, in 2011.

The firm takes talented graduates straight out of university and helps them build their own tech start-ups. In its first year, Entrepreneur First helped build 11 companies that are now valued at over $90million. In January 2016, it was announced that the start-up accelerator is expanding to Singapore taking on the Asian market.

However, noticing a lack of women taking up the opportunity, Alice branched into starting a second business to help address the need for more women in the technology sector.

She is a strong advocate for young women in tech, evidenced by her starting Code First: Girls in 2012 – a free part-time course which introduces young women to web programming, and has seen fantastic results.  More and more girls have gone on to become software developers and are starting tech businesses as a result of the programme.

Alice has recently been featured on the BIMA (British Interactive Media Association) Hot 100 2014 and The Drum’s “Women making waves—30 under 30” in 2013.

Alice was featured in Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2015.