START-UP centre The Oxford Foundry is launching a programme to nurture women business leaders.

The base for Oxford University entrepreneurs was opened by Apple CEO Tim Cook in October.

Now a new programme, L.E.V8 Women, is being launched to help women take on leadership roles in industry.

The programme has been launched by centre director Ana Bakshi.

She said: “Being taken seriously as a woman in a board room or in investor meetings is definitely still a challenge.”

The programme includes learning workshops and guidance and advice from a number of different mentors.