Scots women visit Berlin’s world-renowned startup scene

Women from leading and emerging digital companies in Scotland are visiting the creative hubs of London and Berlin this week.

Now in its fourth year, the Special Edition programme seeks to address the under-representation of women at board level in the Scottish digital sector.

Run by TRCMedia, it is funded by the BBC, Channel 4, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland and supported by the Wire agency in Glasgow.

Through a series of monthly sessions focusing on themes ranging from boosting confidence and improving entrepreneurial skills to expanding professional networks, it aims to set participants on a career trajectory that ultimately leads to senior management and the boardroom.

This year’s delegates come from a range of disciplines from some of Scotland’s top digital and tech agencies, including The Leith Agency, Whitespace, Signal and accounting software success story, FreeAgent.

The international trip is the culmination of a six-month programme, allowing the digital professionals to put their training into practice.

Meetings scheduled across the week-long trip to London and Berlin will give the delegates the opportunity to meet some of the UK and Germany’s most pioneering women in digital, amongst them Cilla Snowball CBE and Doteveryone CEO, Rachel Coldicutt, along with market leaders such as Google and Soundcloud.

There will also be the opportunity for promotion of Scotland’s thriving digital and technology industries, as four of the delegates will be speaking at a special ‘Scotland’s Top Women in Digital’ edition of Berlin co-working space Betahaus’ weekly community breakfast event.

Caroline Newson, project manager of the Special Edition programme, said: “Berlin is a new territory for TRC, but it seemed like an obvious choice given the city’s world-renowned startup scene and growing reputation as a hotbed for tech and digital entrepreneurship.

“We’re delighted with the high calibre of meetings lined up for our Special Edition delegates and look forward to forging new partnerships in Berlin, working towards future collaborations between Scotland and the ‘Silicon Valley of Europe.’“

It is the first of three international field trips this year organised by TRCmedia, a leading provider in the UK of training for the television and digital industries.

In March, delegates of the Cross Creative programme will be flying to Silicon Valley in San Francisco to meet with some of the world leaders in the tech and digital communities.

And a group of Scotland’s leading independent television executives will be taking an international field trip to New York and Washington to meet with American commissioners as part of TRC’s International Development Programme.