Supporting the tech entrepreneurs of the future

Lisa Marena, Head of Enterprise IT, Just Eat

As a business, our growth has been driven by the power of technology. But growth doesn’t happen without people. And our people are at the heart of everything we do.

Our platforms, which today host 48 million customers and over 155,000 restaurants in 24 countries across the world, were built by young, bright minds motivated by a process of trial, error, and trial again. Over the years, our team has got a whole lot bigger and today we operate one of the largest online food delivery networks in the world.

In line with this, we want to ensure we’re doing all we can to inspire and give back to the young talent of today, and return to our roots in fostering the innovation of tomorrow.

Since launching our STEM programme in 2018, we’ve made non-stop progress. Over the past two years, we’ve built an award-winning team of more than 100 STEM Ambassadors. We’ve worked with 55 schools and organisations, reaching more than 26,000 young people to inspire and educate them about careers in technology.

We recognise that we as a business, and other technology companies like us, have a responsibility to open up opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to groups who have been historically under-represented in these fields.

This is why our STEM programme has had a particular focus on preparing pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds for careers in the digital sector. We want to ensure the door remains open for everyone; no matter who you are or where you come from.

Clearly the Coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting lockdown, has led to new challenges not just for our business but for wider society in general. With research suggesting that the closure of schools in recent months has led to a widening of educational disparities, we know that this is no time to take our foot off the pedal. Over the last few months, we’ve worked really hard to move our STEM programme online.

For the first time, we’re hosting a series of virtual STEM panels in partnership with STEM Learning, to encourage students to consider a career in the world of tech. As part of this, we hosted a webinar on International Women in Engineering Day where we had some of our fantastic female colleagues from the UK and Canada sharing insight into their own career pathways and providing tips to young women who are also looking to build careers in technology.

In addition to this, we’ve continued to work together with organisations to support and run virtual projects. We were honoured to support and judge Code First: Girls’ hackathon competition. Elsewhere, we took part in an online panel with Stemmettes, aimed at young women intending to make their first steps in this field and many of our ambassadors have also continued to run online mentoring sessions with students through Career Accelerator.

Looking ahead, we will be planning and executing more exciting initiatives in this space to encourage young people to progress further in STEM subjects and help nurture the next generation of tech talent.

To watch our fonline STEM panels and find out more about working in tech visit:

To read more about STEM learning click here