Ambitious entrepreneurial female-only network launches in Exeter with resounding success in first-quarter
Newly launched entrepreneurial women’s membership community Six Degrees may be in its infancy, but has already welcomed 70 members within its first quarter.
Born out of a desire from co-founders Sarah Jepson, Linda Horner and Louise Glanville to create a female-only networking group, Six Degrees was created to combat the lack of representation locally for ambitious business women within networking organisations across Devon.
With a purpose to cultivate meaningful, mutually beneficial business relationships and breed new friendships along the way, Six Degrees is receiving increasing numbers of membership enquiries, and is already in discussions to expand into Bristol and London later this year due to high demand.
For the founders, it was really important from the outset to build a community that, despite coming from all walks of life, share a friendly, collaborative, engaging and no-nonsense approach to networking. After speaking to colleagues and friends to gauge an appetite for such a group, the founders determined that it was most definitely their moment to band together and help like-minded business women achieve more and become more together.
Co-founder, Sarah Jepson, said: “We are beyond thrilled to have gained such a large amount of members in such a short period of time, and that these business savvy members are as receptive as we are to the creation of the community.
What we’ve loved the most is hearing about how members who have met at a Six Degrees event have already started collaborating – which is truly inspiring considering we’ve only had a small number of events. We’ve also witnessed people reconnect having not seen each other for a number of years and it’s great to be able to provide a space that offers these kinds of opportunities.
All of our members have become cheerleaders for everyone else in the group, and our members can’t help but thrive in such a positive, welcoming and engaging club.”
Keeping things super informal, Six Degrees offers a variety of local events from breakfasts, lunches and evening soirées. These range from guest speaker events, exercise-themed sessions, open table discussions and much more. The variety of options means that members are free to slot in events that suit their work-life balance, “nobody needs more calendar organisation stress!” adds Sarah.
Most events are run completely free of charge due to the generosity of the membership community and Six Degrees has also announced its first official sponsorship deal with wealth management company, Prydis, which will enable the group to host larger events in the near future.
Liz Andrews, Director of Prydis, comments: “We are very excited to be supporting Six Degrees; collaborating to share ideas and resources for collective growth is core to the Prydis Group and this is precisely what Sarah, Louise and Linda are seeking to achieve with this community.”
With a strong philanthropic core running through the organisation, sponsorship will also allow the group to support both its chosen charity of the year – SAFE, a charity providing vital, therapeutic trauma led recovery services for those affected by domestic violence and abuse, as well as assisting members wherever possible.
Sarah explains: “Any funds generated by the group will be used for the good of the membership community and our nominated charity. Our ambition is to allow members access to the Flourish Fund – a pot of money set aside to help members fulfil their potential. This fund could be used to help financially contribute towards an Open University course or even counselling, or we may donate money towards a particular charity project.”
Members are also donating any unwanted clothes to a national charity that helps women access work attire before returning to work.
As well as events, members of Six Degrees receive exclusive benefits such as discounts across various retailers, mentoring, and the ability to tap into a vast range of expertise within its membership community.
Recently, the group has also launched an investors circle, whereby female entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to high profile members across various leadership roles and a breadth of industries. First to do so were The Boutique Hair & Beauty Academy, who, since presenting, have gained invaluable feedback to fine-tune their proposition ahead of seeking investment.
Now heading into its second quarter, Six Degrees is itching for even more members to join their tribe and is creating sponsorship packages for those who would like to support them. Any business out there looking to get in front of a forward-thinking club of entrepreneurial, go-getting business women need look no further.
Want to enquire about becoming a member? Six Degrees welcome referrals or can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.