Elizabeth Varley – Keynote Speaker

Founder and CEO of TechHub

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Specialist Subjects

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Starting-up and scaling-up business
  • Building and strengthening ecosystems and clusters
  • Supercharged communities
  • Leadership: being your authentic self
  • Innovation
  • Diversity


  • English


Elizabeth Varley is a professional asker of the right questions.

Sometimes those questions are wondering how to create a more successful tech company or why some businesses fail when others thrive. It can be questions that dive into the heart of a person’s experience – whether reviewing their whole career, examining what they care about, or an understanding of why they’ve created a new product, and for whom.

From asking the right questions, Elizabeth Varley built two businesses. One asked companies what they wanted to communicate, and the other: what was needed to build a global ecosystem of successful innovative technology companies. Both businesses dug out the answers and then delivered on them. Both created valuable communities where there were none.

She can help you ask the right questions too.

As both an industry leader and innovator and a leader within companies, Elizabeth helped catalyse the London tech startup boom through recognising and addressing the unmet needs of early-stage digital tech companies. Working with local founders, she then repeated this in cities in Europe, India and the US, growing ecosystems and connecting cities to further the global technology boom.

Most recently, as the founder and CEO of TechHub, Elizabeth spent the last decade devoted to leading the charge in building London’s technology ecosystem, including working with industry-leading companies like Google, BT, Telefonica and Pearson. TechHub created the commercial startup support sector in London and established it as a business category, and the strongest tech community in the UK and other cities around the world.

Elizabeth Varley deeply understands the digital technology industry and its growth by both leading the industry and responding quickly to its needs. She’s advised organisations like Silicon Valley Bank, Number 10 and Imperial College as the voice of early-stage and fast-growth technology businesses.

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