Since the beginning of the financial crisis, governments have taken great pains to promote entrepreneurship as a means to create wealth and jobs.
In Dell's "Gender Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index" published in 2013, the U.K. came sixth out of 17 countries in terms of fostering high-potential female entrepreneurship.
The gap between men and women going it alone remains wide, although it is starting to narrow.
Here are some of the British women who took the risk in starting up a technology business and are now reaping the rewards.
By CNBC's Alice Tidey.