At Inspirefest 2015, Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek said that, consistently over the past 15 years, just 5pc of venture capital in Silicon Valley has gone to women CEOs.

She warned that a hidden bias exists in Silicon Valley. “Men and women in society are in separate business networks. In order for us to change the dynamics, we need to get more women into executive suites. We must do business with the opposite gender.

“Organisational leadership should bring men and women in as peers,” Vosmek said.

“If we value inclusive innovation, men and women are integral to high-performing teams.

“Stop trying to fix women – we want access and opportunity. And first and foremost we want investment.”