Since 2015, we’ve trained 50 women with 100% of our first 2 cohorts returning to work within 2 years of starting our course. By July 2022, we hope to have impacted the lives of 1500 women.

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Cohort 3

Joy Foster founded TechPixies in 2015 with the idea that she could help women who had taken career breaks upskill and return to work. After sharing her idea with Tony Hart, one of the Oxford Business Support Network Navigators, she was invited to apply for funds from Better Broadband for Oxfordshire (which was backed by the Government Equalities Office via the Oxfordshire County Council) to launch the first pilot programme.

We are an Award-winning Social Enterprise

In December 2016, Joy was recognised for her work on the TechPixies programme and was ‘Highly Commended’ at the Social Enterprise UK Awards in the Women’s Champion Category. In the same month, Joy secured a £15,000 ‘Grow it’ award from UnLtd, a London-based organisation that supports the work of social entrepreneurs across the country. In September 2017, Joy Foster was a finalist in the Rising Star category for the Women in Business Awards. Most recently, in October 2017, TechPixies won the Female Startup of the Year at the Enterprise Nation Festival of Female Founders.

2017 WINNER Female Startup of the Year

2017 Rising Star Finalist

2016 ‘Grow it’ Award of £15,000

2016 ‘Highly Commended’ Women’s Champion

In September 2017, we set a target of helping 1500 women upskill and return to work by July 2022. In order to hit that goal, the TechPixies team has grown considerably. Many of the women who now work for TechPixies were once TechPixies themselves.

  • Joy Foster – Founder and Managing Director
  • Ben Newton – Chief Technical Officer and Director
  • Shelley Hoffmire – Director
  • Emma Woo – Chief Operations Officer (pre-TechPixie processing) – Cohort 1
  • Helen Moss-Black – Chief Operations Officer (post-TechPixie processing) – Cohort 1
  • Heidi Evans – Graphic Design – Cohort 1
  • Elaine Ford – Manages Instagram for TechPixies, course facilitator and in charge of developing our Half Day Courses – Cohort 2
  • Jill Bartram – In charge of paid advertising and developing our Sparkle Squad – Cohort 2
  • Louise Bailey – Manages Twitter for TechPixies and is in charge of finding and helping to develop partnerships – Cohort 2
  • Linda Liede – Website Development & Support, assists CTO – Cohort 3
  • Tonia Stengelin – Backoffice Operations

Our main course runs in Oxfordshire and London and will be looking to expand further in the coming months. We are currently looking for socially minded investors to help us scale our programme. We also welcome one off and recurring donations as well as business partnerships. You can find out more on our ‘Help us‘ page. If you are interested in our courses, please register your interest or apply. Feel free to contact us if our website doesn’t answer your questions.

In the meantime… here’s what we’ve been up to:

Supporting Careers Opportunities for Women in Need
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Here at TechPixies we are excited to introduce a project run by our friends at Oxfam, designed to help women who are living with, or at risk of poverty, back into work. ‘Future Skills’ will be coming to Oxford in … Read More

TechPixies win national award
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Press Release 26 October 2017 The inspirational founder of TechPixies, Joy Foster, has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned Enterprise Nation’s Female Start-up of the Year 2017 at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs held in Bristol last week.   The … Read More

TechPixies helps London women back to work
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Press Release 20 September 2017 A social enterprise called TechPixies has launched in London to help mums and other women return to work by teaching them top-notch tech skills. TechPixies has formed a partnership with Azoomee, an award winning Shoreditch based … Read More

TechPixies expands to Banbury and Bicester
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Press Release 14 September 2017 A social enterprise that helps women return to work by teaching them new tech skills is branching out across Oxfordshire thanks to two new partnerships that will enable courses to commence in Banbury and Bicester … Read More

Meet our 4th generation of TechPixies!
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We are excited to announce the launch of our 4th cohort. We now have 35 women in the TechPixies family. We are thrilled to announce at the same time that 100% of our first two cohorts now consider themselves working.

Women in Business Awards & 10 Downing Street are on the agenda for TechPixies founder Joy Foster
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Our founder Joy Foster, who was recently shortlisted in the Rising Star Category at the Women in Business Awards, was also invited to spend the morning at 10 Downing Street. Here’s what she had to say about her meeting: “It was … Read More

9 key takeaways from the FoundHER festival of female founders in London
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5am Monday morning, as sun poured through the loft window, I found myself rolling out of bed to get ready for a 6am bus journey from Oxford to London to attend the first of four sessions at the FoundHER event … Read More

Pixies power through crowdfunding target and host PM
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Press Release 23 May 2017 TechPixies announces it has beaten its crowdfunding target to help more Oxfordshire mums return to work, shortly after hosting a visit from Prime Minister, Theresa May. Mrs May met with TechPixies founder Joy Foster and … Read More

Prime Minister Visits TechPixies
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There was an air of excitement at TechPixies HQ on Monday, 15th May as we gathered in anticipation of the arrival of Prime Minister, Theresa May.  The PM was due to hold a private meeting with our founder, Joy Foster, … Read More

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