Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

We keep an eye out for all the meetups we think our community might be interested in, so this schedule represents a range of third party sessions as well as showcasing our own events. If you have something you'd like to share, do get in touch.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is one of Enterprise Nation’s flagship events. 2021 marks ten years of the festival and we are so excited to celebrate with you, in the beautiful city of Bristol.

It brings together some of the most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and brightest start-ups, leaving you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a day of expert and practical insight on how to start and grow your business.

The event, supported by TSB, Square and Dell Technologies, will be streamed live from a Bristol city centre location for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home or office.


50 VIP guests will have the opportunity to join us live in Bristol, check out the exciting ticket options below.

Ticket options:

In-person VIP ticket

Join us live in Bristol for a full day event! Enjoy lunch with an alcoholic beverage, in-person networking, expert advice and, a luxe goody bag filled with items made by local small businesses.

Virtual ticket

Grants you access to the event via a streaming on Hopin. Tune in from the comfort of your own home or office. Meet sponsors virtually and network 1-2-1 with attendees online.

Exciting agenda to be announced!

Female Start-up of the Year 2021

We will be crowning, Female Start-up of the Year 2021 winner live on stage in Bristol. They will receive amazing prizes to help them and their business flourish and grow. We created the accolade in 2015 to shine the spotlight on an early stage start-up entrepreneur who is excelling in their industry. Whether it's creating an innovative product or disrupting a traditional marketplace, you'll have a clear vision for the direction of your business as well as ambitious plans for growth. Your company will be less than five years old and have a maximum of 10 employees.

Applications open from August 2021

Speakers confirmed so far:

Priya Downes, co-founder, Nudea

Priya is the founder and CEO of Nudea, a fit-focused underwear brand that offers contemporary and sophisticated essentials at an aspirational price point. Prior to founding Nudea, Priya spent nine years working at luxury brands like Burberry and Chanel. She also spent a few years working at the World Bank helping to drive the sustainability agenda in the fashion industry, which she is now bringing to her own brand through the use of recycled fabrics and ambitious 3-year plan to source all componentry in Nudea's bras from recycled and sustainable sources. Priya holds an MBA from INSEAD and is passionate about entrepreneurship and driving female leadership in the business world.

Alissa Khan-Whelan

Alissa Khan-Whelan is co-founder of Happy Yolk, an integrated social, PR and design agency, born out of turning a picture of an egg into the most liked image on Instagram and a Super Bowl mental health campaign. Alissa is a creator, strategic thinker and an expert in building online audiences for brands, handling everything from strategy to influencers to end-to-end campaign execution.



Rhea Freeman, founder, Rhea Freeman PR

Rhea is an award-winning social media and PR expert, helping small businesses, solopreneurs and influencers promote themselves better with little to no budget. Rhea is a dedicated Enterprise Nation adviser, lead Facebook trainer and accredited #SheMeansBusiness trainer.


Molly Masters, founder, Books That Matter

Molly founded Books That Matter in 2017, whilst still in her second year at university studying English Literature. Hugely passionate about women’s writing, feminism and activism, Molly created the subscription box company as a way to raise up the voices of women writers and creatives (inclusive of transgender and non-binary persons), and to create a platform for social change and empowerment.

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