Our Leadership Team


Andrea Sommer Founder & CEO

Andrea is an experienced technology strategist with over 12 years experience. She is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, increasing the number of women represented in both, through diversity, from entry-level to board-level. She has spoken at numerous conferences on technology, the mobile industry, entrepreneurship, raising start-up finance, investing, being a female founder and women in technology.

Andrea has been featured in press publications such as The Financial Times, Forbes as well as in the book The MBA Entrepreneur.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Reed College in Portland, US and an MBA from London Business School.


John Wood CTO

John is a technical leader with over 13 years commercial experience in computer science, software engineering and product development. He has worked extensively with startups from very early stage through to revenue generation as both a hands-on engineer and technology leader.

He has experience of a wide range of technologies including Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.

John holds a first class Master of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Bristol University.


Francesca Durante CFO

Francesca is an international versatile professional with 15+ years experience in investment banking, and start-ups.

Francesca has recently worked as CFO at a number of start-ups in the finance space. Before this, she was a Director at BNP Paribas, where she was responsible for origination and execution of Acquisition Finance and Structured Finance Transactions for Italian firms of all sizes.

She has a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from Universita degli Studi di Cagliari, an MBA from St John's University and a Masters in Leadership and Management from London Business School.


Erin Anderson CMO

Erin is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 15+ years of international experience in the tech industry. Her career spans working in several startups and multinationals, both in San Francisco and London; as well as experiencing a successful IPO and two acquisitions. Upon moving to the UK, Erin furthered her career with management stops at Workshare Technology, Google UK, and George P. Johnson Experience Marketing.

Erin is passionate about high-growth marketing, content strategy and creation, user experience, demand generation; and is committed to increasing the growth and presence of female leaders in the tech industry.

She holds a B.A in Psychology from Davidson College and postgraduate business certifications from the University of California, Berkeley.

Our Advisors

John Bates

John Bates
Chairman & Lead Investor

John is the founder & director at Sussex Place Ventures, London Business School's in-house venture capital fund manager. John is also a former Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School.

For over 10 years, John has led LBS' practical initiatives in developing entrepreneurial firms, including 20 million euros in 'pre-seed' and 'seed' venture capital funds and various networks of entrepreneurs, advisors and private investors associated with London Business School that have supported over 60 alumni founded or supported companies. John is an active angel investor and Limited Partner in SPVs £30m fund.

John has a Bsc from Nottingham University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Audrey Mandela

Audrey Mandela
Board Member

Audrey Mandela is chair of Women in Telecoms & Technology (WiTT), a networking group for women in the sector. She also runs Mandela Associates, which provides market research and consulting services for select clients in the telecom, internet and geographical information sectors.

Audrey was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers, where she acted as the company’s corporate counsel and marketing director, and was a board director. Multimap was sold to Microsoft in December 2007.

Audrey is also a member of the steering committee for the Global Board Ready Women initiative; a board director for Wedu, a charity that mentors and supports young women leaders from underserved communities in Southeast Asia; a member of Angel Academe, an angel network that focuses on investments in women-led businesses; and an NED at Clear Returns, an award-winning and innovative retail returns intelligence platform.

She holds a BA from Wellesley College.