Talk with a Legendary Female Entrepreneur: Dame Stephanie Shirley

Wework Moorgate - 1 Fore Street London, EC2Y 5EJ London
Thu, May 31, 2018, 6:00 PM (BST)

Check out what happened

About this event

Dame Stephanie Shirley (84) arrived in Britain in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee from Nazi Europe. She took her maths degree at evening classes.

She is now the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She founded a pioneering software house back in 1962 as a company of women, a company for women. Its eventual flotation led to 70 of her 8,500 staff becoming millionaires, and the company was co-owned by the staff with a value of around $3bn when it was acquired in 2007.

Her entrepreneurial zeal and zest also led to four sustainable notforprofits: The Oxford Internet Institute (which focuses on the internet’s social, economic, legal and ethical aspects) and three in the field of autism (her late son’s disorder): Autism at Kingwood (support services), Prior’s Court Foundation (education) and Autistica (medial research).

This ardent venture philanthropy has involved social investments totally £68m to 100 projects, many of which she also initiated.

Her TED Talk has already been viewed two million times and filming starts on her memoir Let IT Go next year when she will also celebrate her diamond (60 years) wedding with her physicist husband.


  • Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Shirley Foundation

    Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

    Dame Stephanie Shirley is a highly successful entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started what became Xansa on her dining room table with £6 in 1962. It grew to over £370 million in revenues and a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange before it's acuqisition by Steria in 2007.

    Read More
  • When

    Thursday, May 31
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (BST)


    Wework Moorgate
    1 Fore Street LondonEC2Y 5EJ

    Brought to you by

    • Marian Gazdik

      Marian Gazdik

      BrainTrust | IPM Growth | Startup Grind

      London Director

      View Profile
    • Tim Elder

      Tim Elder

      Startup Grind

      London Co-Director

      View Profile
    • Efrat Rassin

      Efrat Rassin



      View Profile
    • Petar Savic

      Petar Savic

      @SupremeFactory @StartupGrind

      London Co-director

      View Profile
    • Antonio Cervo

      Antonio Cervo


    • Loreley Bombis

      Loreley Bombis

      Startup Grind


      View Profile
    • Elizur Nathan

      Elizur Nathan


      Startup Grind Ambassador

      View Profile
    • kane avellano

      kane avellano


      View Profile