Sept '11: When You Step Up To The Next Level...


Passion, Balance and Discipline.


to the September 2011 edition of the Ogunte Micro-Magazine.

"If you don't like how the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time." Marian Wright Edelman.

If it means we have to educate ourselves a bit more to say the right things, at the right time, in the right place, and to the right people, to make more waves, we will do it.
Over and over again.
But we will do it together. So this month, invite another woman to join you on this co-learning journey or sponsor one to step up to the next level.

Keep up the good work,

Servane Mouazan

1- Make a Wave: Who are the winners?
2- Make a Wave: 1st two hosts: the Social Business Trust and ASTIA
3- Special Event: Want to meet 300 influential women in 1 room?
4- Bonus Video + E-book: Why are Women Less Funded than Men?

Click on the logo for more info on the Make a Wave Programme


Make a Wave - 1st Pre-Incubator Programme

The judges have given their verdict

and the 12 candidates to be accepted on the 1st Make a Wave pre-incubator programme are:

Theresa Burton from Buzzbnk.
Jo Manuel from The Special Yoga Centre.
Rioch Edwards-Brown from MLC London.
Bernie Morgan from Wizzmoni Ltd (Ex CEO CDFA).
Amanda Palmer-Roye from Eco-Actif Services CIC.
Sian Slater from Kandu.
Laura Willoughby from Sprung.
Milena Bottero from The Settlement.
Dr Kate Reynolds Learning Plus UK.
Lauren Craig from Thinking Flowers.
Sharon Cannings from Ermine Street Project CIC.
Jo-Anne Godden from RubyMoon Design CIC Ltd.

A big thanks to Cassie Robinson, Hayley Collen, Sherine Mahmoud, Bonnie O Wong and Servane Mouazan for the selection.
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Adele Blakebrough - CEO Social Business Trust

Discover the 1st two "Make a Wave" Hosts in September.

Adele Blakebrough - CEO Social Business Trust

Adele is the CEO of Social Business Trust. Prior to joining Social Business Trust, Adele was the co-founder and Chief Executive of CAN, one of the UK's leading organisations for the development and promotion of social entrepreneurs.
Adele was also the CEO of the nationally renowned Kaleidoscope project in Kingston-Upon-Thames, a voluntary organisation working with 350 heroin users daily. She holds a masters degree in Theology and is a trained Baptist minister. In 2005, Adele was awarded the prestigious BITC Sieff Award for engaging business for social benefit and in 2006 she was awarded an MBE for services to social enterprises.
Adele's home is in Wales where she sits on the Welsh Assembly Social Enterprise Ministerial Advisory Group. She is also a non-executive Board Member of Impact International (a leadership training organisation) and a trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council.

The Social Business Trust

Launched on 9th December 2010, this independent charity is wholly dedicated to helping established social enterprises scale-up their operations regionally and nationally. The founders of Social Business Trust, Adele Blakebrough and Damon Buffini, have worked together since 2005, helping to accelerate the growth of UK social enterprises through the provision of growth capital and business expertise.
The Social Business Trust is particularly interested in ventures with an asset lock.
Look at the Social Business Trust's application criteria here.


Sarah Ryan, Astia European Board member

Sarah Ryan, Astia European Board Member

Sarah is an active business angel, evaluating, negotiating, and executing investment opportunities. She currently serves on the Board of two portfolio companies, where she assists management in growth strategy and financing alternatives, and manages a multi-family property investment portfolio. She also serves as Associate Director, Finance Careers at London Business School where she advised MBA and Masters in Finance students and alumni on careers in finance. Previously, she was the former Director of International M&A for LexisNexis and Thomson Financial. In these roles, she led transaction due diligence and structured complex deal terms globally, including deals in the Middle East, Russia, China, India, South Africa and Europe.
Sarah began her career at Merrill Lynch in Mergers & Acquisitions, where she advised companies in a myriad of sectors on strategic alternatives, and in Equity Capital Markets, where she marketed, priced and allocated IPOs, secondaries and convertible bond offerings.
Sarah also has extensive mentoring, interviewing and teaching experience. She serves as a business mentor in the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Scheme as well as for Astia, a non-profit that advises high-growth start-ups on financing alternatives. She is active with Duke and Wharton recruiting and alumni initiatives and has taught investment banking analyst training programs, as well as MBA-level accounting and marketing courses.


This global organization has a distinct focus and mission – to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Astia’s network of over 1,100 advisors, including investors, entrepreneurs, C-level executives and more, are committed to accelerating the growth and success of companies with female co-founders or executives. Since 2003, over 60% of Astia Portfolio companies have received funding, totally over $1 billion raised with 21 exits and 2 IPOs. With year-round programming, customized advisor matching, leadership training, investor connections and a strong peer-to-peer network, Astia supports companies at all stages of growth. We provide the tools and guidance for identifying, focusing and accelerating towards key milestones to drive success. The on-ramp to the Astia ecosystem is the entrepreneur program held several times a year in Silicon Valley, New York and London. The program enhances the entrepreneurs’ ability to grow her businesses, attract funding, and build meaningful business relationships to achieve both.

Astia - Where Women Innovators Succeed
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A special thanks to Simonne Brummelhuis, ASTIA Vice-President Europe and CEO of the Next Women, for making this session possible!



Step Up to Your Next Level in November!

Dr Samantha Collins, CEO of Aspire, 'One of the Top 200 Women to Impact Business and Industry" and Ogunte Social Leadership Award winner, challenges 10 women among the OGUNTE network (YES YOU!!!!) to step it up this November.

• Meet 300 potential customers, investors, funders, role models and mentors from global corporations around the world.
• Intensive development from 30 expert speakers with latest strategies and extraordinary stories.
• Contribute to changing the lives of 1 million women and girls. 25% of conference revenues go to business training for women survivors of war.
Servane Mouazan and Dr Samantha Collins will run a special complimentary pre-conference coaching call for the 10 women attending to maximise your conference confidence, networking and results!

Date: 29th and 30th November 2011, London, UK.
Register HERE for a Highly discounted rate of £150.00 (normal price £495) for 10 Ogunte Members Only. Places on a ‘First Come, First Served Basis’.
The Aspire Leadership for the Future Conference ‘Life, Work, World’ is realised in partnership with Women for Women International.


Click on the image for further info and to buy the ebook (at $2.99 only - Under £2!)

RESOURCE: Why are Women Funded Less than Men?

The indispensable ebook by @Pemo Theodore, Online Entrepreneur & Startup Coach

This ebook contains 120 embedded short video clips of interviews with 29 venture capitalists, 18 female founders & 7 others in the industry.
This book, as with the video interview project from which it arises is an attempt to bring human faces & voices to the issue of the lack of female entrepreneurs that are successful raising venture or angel capital & also the lack of women venture capitalists & angel investors in comparison with men. "Why are Women Funded Less than Men", a truly crowd sourced conversation.


"Pemo interviews across the spectrum: VCs, entrepreneurs, those who have succeeded, some that have failed, all that have learned and share their experience with you. It's a terrific resource if you are raising money from venture capital, plan to do so for your next brilliant idea or are a VC yourself wanting to unlock higher quality deals by tapping into the female advantage. "
Penny Herscher, CEO First Rain

For further info and to buy the ebook (at $2.99 only - Under £2!) click here.



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