130+ female CTOs in Europe: the full list
It’s no secret that there’s low gender parity in tech roles at startups — and it gets worse higher up in the ranks.
According to watercraft, only 5% of leadership positions in the UK tech sector are held by women. not great when about 25% of the UK’s tech workforce is made up of women. The figures are not much better across Europe.
Even once women work in tech, they are disproportionately more likely to face obstacles in their careers compared to their male counterparts. Last year, Sifted reported that most UK scale-ups have a below average gender pay gap — and one report found that women on average value themselves £6,000 less than their male counterparts.
Against all odds, women are still progressing in technical roles across Europe.
Atomico’s 2021 report on the state of European technology revealed that women represent almost a third of the next generation of European technology leaders. Last year Deloitte found that big tech companies steadily increase their female representation.
With the help of our lovely readers on Twitter and Andy Skipper from CTO Craft, we’ve compiled a master list of European female CTOs.
The UK has the highest number of female CTOs, with 38% of the women on this list based in the UK, compared to 20% based in France and 10% in Germany.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive — so actual figures on the number of CTOs from different parts of Europe may differ.
Find our full list of over 130 female CTOs below – but first, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting female tech leaders from across startup Europe. We have selected current female CTOs from the main European ecosystems in startups who have significant experience in the technology industry.
Are there any names we forgot? If a name is missing that you think should be on this list, or if any information is incorrect, please let us know by email. [email protected].
Sam Mountford – Enjoy
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Feast It uses an algorithm to match clients planning events with vendors offering event services, such as catering and photography. And at the top of his technical team is Mountford.
Mountford’s first CTO job wasn’t at Feast It, however – she was previously CTO at Tech Nation Upscale alum, Cornerstone, which describes itself as “the UK’s largest online razor blade subscription”. After her stint as CTO at Cornerstone, Mountford was vice president of engineering at menswear startup Spoke, which raised $10.7 million Series B while she was in the role.
Marta Jasinska – Flower and wild
Jasinska is CTO at Bloom and Wild, another High-end Tech Nation alum. The startup’s main product is its “mailbox flowers” – bouquets of flowers sent to your door in a box. D2C raised a £30m Series D seed round and £20m debt funding last July, at a valuation of £400m.
Prior to joining Bloom and Wild, Jasinska was CTO at Moo, a business card production startup backed by Localglobe and Atlas Ventures.
Lethabo Motsoaledi — Voyc
Customer service is hot by the minute, with startups increasingly expected to take on the burden of take care of their customers.
It’s a valuable niche that Motsoaledi, co-founder and CTO of Voyc, has taken over. The Amsterdam-based startup uses AI to monitor and improve call center quality assurance and has raised $550,000 in seed funding. Techstars and SAP are investors.
Abby Senor — Citibeats
Citibeats is an AI startup that helps people understand societal changes in gender equality, sustainability, and health using natural language processing and machine learning. The company raised a €2m funding round in 2021 and counts Meta, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program among its clients.
This isn’t Seneor’s first CTO rodeo; previously, she was co-founder and CTO of a sports SaaS, Optimi Health. Previously, she was the founder and CTO of BookEscapeRoom, an escape room aggregator and booking platform.
Beatrice Ionascu — imagiLabs
Not only does imagiLabs have a female CTO – the startup has a all-female founding team..
The Nordic startup aims to inspire and educate next generation of tech-savvy women, by teaching young girls to code using a small programmable accessory connected to a mobile phone. ImagiLabs has already raised a €250,000 pre-seed round from angel investors.
This isn’t the first time Ionascu has launched an initiative to encourage young girls to get into tech – in 2016 she co-founded weSTEM, a club for female students in Abu Dhabi to choose careers in STEM.
Gyri Reiersen — Tanso
Carbon accounting The startup Tanso was co-founded by Reiersen, who is also CTO. The Munich-based startup wants to make sustainability accounting as easy as financial accounting, enabling a low-carbon economy. It has already raised $1.9 million from investors including UVC Partners and Picus Capital.
Reiersen says she became interested in space”through his academic work researching the overstatement of carbon offsets through deep learning”.
Emily’s Castles – No Limits
Without Borders has always been emphasized as one to watch, not only as a startup enabling remote work, but also as a Irish startup.
The technology side of the business is led by Dublin-educated co-founder Castles. Previously, she was at Bizimply as Head of Engineering. The startup builds its software using Ruby on Rails and raised a €2.5 million funding round last June from Fyrfly Venture Partners and Ada Ventures.
Bednova is CTO at Cordless, a London-based startup that leverages voice technology for customer service using the best elements of voice and text communication. They went from former Monzo CEO Tom Blomfield and Capital Passion.
Prior to joining Cordless, Bednova was a entrepreneur first cohort member. She also has a long background in software engineering — in fact, prior to EF, Bednova spent three years at Monzo as a senior software engineer.
Lou Fedon — Director of Engineering at 365Talents
Fedon isn’t technically CTO (she’s Director of Engineering) at 365Talents, but she’s one of the few female tech leaders in France that our readers have mentioned outside of Paris.
The AI-powered talent management platform raised a seed round in 2018 and recently raised another €10 million.
Prior to working at 365Talents, Fedon was Head of Engineering at LumApps – another employee experience platform – where she led the frontend, backend, mobile and support teams.
Maria Meier – Phantasma
Meier leads the technical team at Phantasma Labs, a Berlin-based startup enabling safe interaction between self-driving cars and vulnerable road users. The startup raised a funding round in September 2020 and has since doubled its headcount.
Meier, educated in Munich, is another Entrepreneur First alumna and, alongside her role at Phantasma, she is an On Deck Deep Tech Fellow.
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