Who deserves to be crowned most inspirational female entrepreneur in technology?
Each year, the Natwest everywoman Awards aims to identify and highlight the most inspirational female entrepreneur across all industries, including technology.
Here, we take a look at the finalists who will be battling it out to claim the top prize in their categories.
1. Emily Brooke of Blaze (Laserlight)
Emily Brooke, 28, is the founder and CEO of Blaze, which manufactures an innovative bicycle light called the LaserLight, which projects a light and a green laser image of a bike symbol six metres ahead that is visible from all angles to help keep cyclists safe on the roads.
A physicist by training - Brooke read Physics at Oxford University - she founded Blaze in 2012 after doing a product design course at Brighton University. The LaserLight was the product of her final year project.
Brooke is in the running for The Iris Award, which is sponsored by IBM and recognises female technology entrepreneurs who product technology that ultimately enable a 'smarter planet'.
2. Joanne Smith of The Consulting Consortium
Joanne Smith, 46, is the CEO of The Consulting Consortium.
She has worked in financial services for over 20 years, and founded The Consulting Consortium in 2000 to provide compliance services and resources.
She created RecordSure, a technology that records every conversation between customers and advisors and stores all the information to help businesses with their compliance requirements.
Smith is in the running for The Iris Award, which is sponsored by IBM and recognises female technology entrepreneurs who product technology that ultimately enable a 'smarter planet'.
3. Juliette Denny of Growth Engineering
Juliette Denny, 42, is the founder and managing director of Growth Engineering, which provides online training courses in a “less dull” format, by using gamification techniques.
Trainees are encouraged to apply their own real-world work experiences to the e-learning courses.
Denny is also in the running for The Iris Award.
4. Nina Devani of Devanisoft
Nina Devani, from London, is up for The Artemis Award, which is sponsored by Salesforce. The award recognises female business owners aged under 25.
Devani founded IT services and solutions company DevaniSoft when she was 14 in 2012.
She set up the company to create innovative apps for tablets, mobile and PCs.
Apps she has launched include Prompt Me Now and Prompt Me Nina, which are password prompt applications for business and consumers, respectively.
5. Last year’s Iris winner – Rebecca Bright, founder of Therapy Box
Rebecca Bright, the brains behind apps that enable people with disabilities to communicate through mobile devices with a puff of breath, was crowned winner of the Iris award last year.
Bright, a Londoner aged 33, launched Therapy Box with its first smartphone app, Predictable, in 2011 based on her experience as a speech and language therapist.