TechTonic, a network aimed at empowering, supporting and celebrating Oxfordshire’s women in the technology sector, has asked four successful women from Quantum Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, Space and Digital Health sectors to share their entrepreneurial stories and the top three solutions for succeeding in business. Join us and them for a breakfast session at the Venturefest Oxford event on the 12th of September to get inspired, learn from one another, and to network with other inspirational women in Oxfordshire.
- Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes , CEO, Latent Logic
- Ilana Wisby , CEO, Oxford Quantum Circuits
- Holly Baldwin, Independent Consultant, Oxford University Innovation
Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes , CEO, Latent Logic
Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes is an experienced automotive entrepreneur.
A graduate of New College Oxford, where she read Classics, Kirsty spent her early career at leading strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman. She then joined the UK’s Automobile Association as Director of Ventures to lead the strategy post IPO. Whilst there she launched several successful start-ups in the future mobility ecosystem, including the AA’s multi award-winning Connected Car product Car Genie, and lobbied for road safety improvements through the AA’s Charitable Trust. This work convinced her of the positive societal benefits autonomous cars could bring to UK roads: Latent Logic brought the opportunity to help make that a reality.
Latent Logic is a spin-out from the Computer Sciences department at Oxford, founded by Professor Whiteson. Its mission is to use state-of-the-art deep learning to develop autonomous systems which can imitate complex human behaviours. The immediate focus for this powerful technology is on developing virtual reality environments to test autonomous car safety: the “Driving Test” for driverless cars.
Ilana Wisby , CEO, Oxford Quantum Circuits
Ilana has both an academic and commercial start-up background. She gained a PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London, spending most of her PhD as a student in industry at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. Ilana then entered the start-up world working between a number of start-ups – before settling on a software-development University of Surrey start-up company, Snap Out Ltd. The work at Snap Out focused on creating ‘innovative digital products’ – with product focus on artificial intelligence, computer vision and bot technologies. Ilana quickly gained experience and worked as product director and COO.
Ilana is now merging both her quantum and start-up worlds as CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), an early stage Oxford University spin-out company founded by Dr Peter Leek. Ilana is helping OQC is build the heart of a quantum future: employing simple, elegant approaches to provide real-world, near-term solutions using quantum computing.
Holly Baldwin, Independent Consultant, Oxford University Innovation
Holly Ann Baldwin is the CEO Designate for a potential spin out organisation from Oxford University. Academic teams have developed two unique digital platforms for better engagement, recruitment and consent practices in the life science and clinical trial marketplace.
Holly started her career in the medicine in the US Army and specialised in cardiac diseases and transplant. After 10+ years in patient care, academics and clinical trials, she transitioned to medical device companies (Medtronic & HeartWare). Holly spent 11 years in commercial roles within sales, clinical trials, quality, and manufacturing; including high profile projects supporting a company exit of $1B in 2016.
Holly attended Rutgers University (BSc), Seton Hall University (MSc) and Henley Business School (MBA).
Holly’s primary goal is to take the two market ready products and transform the clinical trial space with ethical digital technologies focused on data-sharing frameworks, governance and best practice. She seeks to raise £1M to spin out from Oxford University, hire talent to deliver to eagerly waiting customers.