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As the Women of the Future Awards 2013, in association with Shell, are set to get underway tonight at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square, we take a look at who the shortlisted entrepreneurs are this year.

The Women of the Future Awards are a platform to celebrate successful young women in Britain today. Now in their eighth year, the awards aim to unearth and recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors.

“The Women of the Future awards give a platform to women achieving great things, and they show why young female talent must be given all possible opportunities,” says awards patron Cherie Blair. 

“Celebrating these women will encourage others to follow in their footsteps, to pursue their dreams and, at the same time, help to break down barriers.”

This year’s entrepreneur category, supported by Visa, is strong, with women who have created their own business in a range of sectors: creative, healthcare, fashion… the shortlist is a veritable cross-section of Britain’s best young female talent. 

This year’s Women of the Future – Entrepreneur category shortlist:

Jess Butcher, CMO and co-founder, Blippar
As co-founder and chief marketing officer of visual discovery/augmented reality business Blippar, Jessica Butcher is a pioneer in UK technology. In essence, Blippar has the power to convert any physical image in the real world into an instantaneous, interactive content experience, simply by “looking at it” through the camera of the device. With significant venture capital backing, Blippar has been used by more than three million consumers and by many of the world’s major media businesses.

Sara Davies, founder and sales director, Crafter’s Companion
Sara Davies is founder of Crafter’s Companion, an international business that designs/manufactures craft-related products. She is head of the board of directors at the Craft Hobby Association UK, an investor with Gabriel Investors, a director at sports brand Natural Hero and a mentor with Entrepreneurs Forum and the UKTI’s Catalyst group.

Jenny Griffiths, founder and CEO, Snap Fashion
Jenny Griffiths is the founder and CEO of Snap Fashion, a digital platform whose pioneering technology is changing the way we shop. Jenny is a computer science graduate who invented the visual search algorithms that power Snap Fashion, and has grown Snap from a bright idea into a business with more than 160,000 users.

Melissa Morris, CEO, Network Locum
Having learned first-hand that flexible staffing could improve the services that GP practices provide to patients while reducing the cost, Melissa Morris – an ex-McKinsey & Co management consultant – left her high-flying job to launch Network Locum, an online platform that connects locus doctors and GP practices. Already, almost 900 GP practices have signed up and monthly revenues are soaring.

Natasha Rufus Isaacs & Lavinia Brennan, founders and directors, Beulah London
Beulah London was created in 2009 after founders Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan worked at the Atulya – an aftercare home in the Delhi slums. Having witnessed the harrowing effects of human trafficking and the sex trade, they started their luxury English womenswear brand that uses fashion to raise awareness of these issues. This is fashion with a heart.

The Women of the Future Awards 2013 are being held tonight, November 13, at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. Who will win the entrepreneur award? Find out first thing tomorrow, right here on RealBusiness.co.uk, or follow @WomenOfFuture on Twitter for live updates.

The Women of the Future awards are supported by: Asda, Ceridian, Cisco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, KPMG, Mishcon de Reya, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Visa, CNBC, the Financial Times, London Business School, Huffington Post and MWB Business Exchange. 

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