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#LDNTechWeek: 23% of London tech startups have no women on the board

Almost one in four London-based tech companies have no women on their boards, according to a Tech London Advocates membership survey conducted for London Tech Week.

With 23% of London tech companies admitting to having no women at board level, a further 15% have no women in their senior management team, while 39% said that women hold less than a fifth of senior management roles.

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, said: “For a sector identified with disruption and change, these figures are very disappointing.

“We live in a city with a global reputation for diversity yet our most exciting industry fails to reflect this in its most senior positions.”

Baroness Martha Lane Fox, who will be hosting a Tech London Advocates Women in Tech working group meeting at the House of Lords this evening, added: “There is a greater proportion of women in the House of Lords than British tech companies.

“We must accept the scale of this problem and work together to put women at the heart of the technology sector. Mobilising a currently unused resource will have huge benefits for the digital industry, the economy and UK PLC.”

The survey of 131 members of the tech networking group found that 59% believe the Capital’s technology companies do not reflect the diversity of the city, which is 50% women, according to the Greater London Authority.

Despite these findings, 46% of those surveyed said they think London’s tech companies are more accessible than in other cities.

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