“You’re on a desert island with your fellow dragons – which one do you eat first?”
Jenny Campbell, Dragon’s Den’s newest member and headline speaker at last night’s Investing Women awards dinner, laughed.
“We’d probably all work together and eat lizards,” she countered.
Damn. I had been looking for a line. My fellow journalists at the table shrugged – ‘good try!’ they offered.
Luckily it wasn’t a day short of stories. I was in heaven chatting to all the female entrepreneurs during the Ambition and Growth Conference which preceded the awards dinner.
One of the first women I spoke to was Monika Tomecka – she explained how to use the taps in the ladies. (When did taps get so complicated? Why do you have to do Tai Chi to turn them on?)
She’s a scientist who’s invented a filter that doesn’t use centrifuge – the first innovation in this space for a good ten years. I filmed two soundbites with her (check out @sbnn_national for all the chat and I instantly liked her. She’s warm and intelligent and I’m always impressed by people who are multilingual.
Fittingly for International Women’s Day, there was a truly international feel to the conference. Amongst all the accents, were two American ladies – one east coast and one west. They were bonding by the bar (drinking water) and I interrupted to interview them.
Raquel Wing – from California – has The Clean Hub (see her interview here) and Lily Asch (originally Connecticut) is founder of The Real Talk Project.
Raquel Wing from The Clean Hub brings some California sunshine to proceedings – she’s very complimentary about the Scottish ecosystem and our networks pic.twitter.com/zF9ZmYdvYx