Raremark founder joins Silicon Valley trade mission

Julie Walters, founder-CEO of Raremark, an investee company of the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, will join 15 of London’s fastest-growing female-led tech companies in Silicon Valley next month. The international trade mission has been organized by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK).

The 15 female entrepreneurs, who are leading businesses that are growing at an average rate of 115 per cent annually, will travel to the Valley on June 19 in a bid to learn from US founders about scaling businesses globally, drumming up investment, developing new networks and identifying new customers in the Bay area.

Women-led companies are growing rapidly in the UK. According to research produced by Founders4Schools, businesses led by women added over £3billion to the UK’s economy in the last 12 months.

The three-day trade mission will be led by Rajesh Agrawal, chairman of London & Partners and Sherry Coutu CBE, co-founder and chair of SVC2UK.

Rajesh said: “London is one of the world’s most successful tech ecosystems, and shares many strengths with Silicon Valley: Creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship. These female tech pioneers personify these qualities. I look forward to helping them maximise their investment and networking opportunities in North America, contributing to London’s economic prosperity.”

About SVC2UK

Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is a not-for-profit volunteer-led invitation-only series of events. SVC2UK brings together early-stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students and alumni with leading serial entrepreneurs and investors, to discuss and debate how and why they have come to create and fund today’s most disruptive technologies that aim to change our world.

It was founded eight years ago by Ellen Levy (investor, adviser and tech company exec) and co-chairmen Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn) and Sherry Coutu CBE (serial entrepreneur and angel investor) to support the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the UK. It is now run out of London & Partners.

About Raremark

Raremark’s goal is to transform one million lives in rare disease. Our community managers connect families worldwide with up-to-date scientific information, community insights and research opportunities. Raremark is privately funded and headquartered in London, UK with an office in Boston, US. The company was founded by entrepreneur Julie Walters after seeing first-hand the isolation experienced by families affected by rare disease. Revenues come from patient-led market research, providing anonymized patient data to inform drug development and providing information about research.