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Karen Stenning
Co-Founder at InvestHer


With a passion and commitment to diversity and equality, Karen has set up several initiatives that tackle and confront matters related to injustice and to create a fairer world. In 2015, Karen set up Absolute Alchemy, with the main objectives of the organisation, to bring together communities and partner with impact organisations to create change and take positive social action on societal and environmental issues.

Since its origination, Karen and Absolute Alchemy have collaborated with organisations such as Hatch Enterprise, Creators Club, Now Live Events, Pioneers Post, pebble magazine, The Canvas, Funds Inc, Prime Advocates and This is Calmer. Karen has created a large network of good speakers and facilitators who she can get involved to speak and collaborate to make impactful events that make a difference.

In 2017, Karen joined the Hatch team as Manager of the Female Founders Accelerator programme, assisting women entrepreneurs to build on their existing businesses and develop a community of female leaders. Whilst working with the female entrepreneurs, she saw an opportunity for the need for more female investors in the investment marketplace. The underlying belief is that if more women had the confidence, the skills and the know-how to invest in early stage businesses, then they will hopefully back more female-led businesses. With that in mind, she set-up investHER with Marla Shapiro in 2018.

Karen has been a trustee on the boards of several charities and is currently on the advisory board of Market Orders, an online marketplace helping independent retail jewellers. Karen is a trained Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner, that embeds all the facilitation and community building that she does, offering a creative and innovative approach to putting on events.