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CitySocialising founder shortlisted as finalist in Red Hot Women awards

Sanchita Saha, founder and CEO of CitySocialising the UK's leading Socialising Network that bridges the gap between online and offline networking, has been shortlisted for Red magazines Red Hot Women awards.

The awards which are in their second year were launched to celebrate the success of women in all fields of work and represent Red's ethos of empowering women and celebrating them in the workplace. With 12 categories in total which are as diverse as charity, media, finance, and fashion to name a few, some of 2010's hottest business brains are on the shortlist.

Sanchita, who founded the Socialising Network in 2007 with a loan from the Princes Trust, has been nominated for 'The Internet Award' which recognises businesses which are run entirely online and last year was taken home by Carrie Longton and Justine Roberts, the founders of Mumsnet. The Red Hot women awards pride themselves on recognising women from all fields of work and 2009's ceremony set the precedent with other winners including Natalie Massenet - founder of net-a-porter, Miranda Cooper - responsible for hits from the likes of Girls aloud and Kylie, and Gillian Tett - assistant editor at the Financial Times.

Sanchita’s nomination comes in recognition of the hard work she has put into the launch and growth of CitySocialising, taking her concept of an events based social networking site and community from zero base to over 100,000 registered users who logon to meet new people in their area. Primarily targeted at 25 - 40 year old urbanites who want to make new friends and socialise with likeminded people in their city, by combining offline social events and activities with online social networking tools and features, CitySocialising successfully bridges the gap between virtual and real world experiences or ‘O2O’ (‘Online 2 Offline’) - a trend which is set to see massive growth across the web.

Sanchita commented:

''It's a great privilege to be nominated for these awards which celebrate the achievements of real women. In the last year in particular, CitySocialising has seen massive growth, both internally and in regards to our member base. We’ve expanded from 19 to 49 cities and with that success comes a lot of hard work, so to be recognised and shortlisted, along with women who I myself find inspiring really is an honour and a chance for me to reflect not only on how much we've achieved but also where we want to be another year from now.”

This nomination doesn’t come as the first to recognise Sanchita’s passion and drive for her business, In the past two years Sanchita has been privileged enough to receive several accolades including:

• co-founder Brent Hobermans’ ’10 European Tech companies to watch in 2010’ as published in the Telegraph Aug 2010
• BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Business award winner 2009
• Top “35 women under 35” British businesswomen to watch by Management Today – the UK’s leading business monthly 2009
• Top 100 UK's brightest business stars - Courvoisier Future 500 list 2009
• People’s Choice winner of voted for by readers
The Judging for the awards will take place on September 7th, with the winners announced later in the month.


For more information about the Red Hot Women awards visit the Red Hot Homepage

About CitySocialising

CitySocialising is the UK’s leading socialising network and community for young professionals to meet people and find new friends with shared interests both online and offline through group social events and activities. Pioneering the convergence of virtual and real world networking, CitySocialising originated in London, and now spans 19 cities across the UK & Scotland with over 100,000 members.

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