Awards target female ‘force for good’ founders – Daily Business

Elizabeth Pirrie: Inspiring Hundreds of Women-Led Businesses

The female founders are once again offered the opportunity to raise their company’s profile and benefit from a package to drive business growth with the launch of the 2023 AccelerateHER Awards.

This year’s awards program is now open to entries from women behind companies focused on being a “force for good,” with four new entry categories: technology; Health; Environment; and cultural. A “Rising Star” award for the founder with the best startup business idea will also be awarded.

Winners will be selected for each category at the final awards ceremony to be held at the new Barclays campus in Glasgow on March 16.

Now in its eighth year, the AccelerateHER Awards provide a springboard for participant growth by opening doors to new opportunities and market development connections through the organization’s global network.

The awards, supported by the Scottish Government, are open to female founders or co-founders of companies based in Scotland or active in Scotland. The winners will benefit from a prize package potentially worth several thousand pounds, including a six-month mentorship program from Investing Women Angels, Scotland’s first all-female business angel group.

Many alumni of the awards have also secured places on AccelerateHER trade missions to Europe, North America and the Middle East, to showcase their company to industry contacts and global investors.

Three of last year’s winners will participate in next month’s mission to California, connecting with moneyless networking opportunities and investors from various global industries. To date, over 5,500 female founders have joined the AccelerateHER community.

Last year’s AccelerateHER award winners, based in Scotland, were Ishani Malhotra, founder and CEO of cancer treatment pioneers Carcinotech; Lynne Darcey Quigley, founder and CEO of fintech innovators Know-it Global; Xiaoyan Ma, CEO of Danu Robotics, a company focused on tackling the global waste challenge; and Danae Shell, CEO of Valla, a do-it-yourself legal platform that helps solve employment issues.

To apply for the 2023 AccelerateHER Awards, entrants will complete a short entry form, which includes a description of how their business is a force for good, and submit a brief video pitch outlining their business, ambitions, growth plans and its international potential. More details can be found at:

The deadline for registrations is Friday, December 9, 2022. Shortlisted companies will be announced at the start January.

Launching this year’s awards program, AccelerateHER CEO Elizabeth Pirrie said, “Over the past seven years, the AccelerateHER Awards have helped inspire and support hundreds of women-led businesses in Scotland and beyond.

It provides an ideal platform for ambitious women to connect with our global network of angel investors, business advisors and other successful business people. The financial impact has also been significant, with companies involved in the AccelerateHER program securing over £45 million in external investment.

“I would encourage women behind growth-oriented businesses that aim to be a force for good to come forward and apply.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP said: “The AccelerateHER Awards are a fantastic way to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in the Scottish entrepreneurial landscape.

“The Scottish Government is working to identify and support other ways to unlock the full potential of Scottish entrepreneurs and, at the same time, close the gap between men and women in entrepreneurship. Gender equality in business is essential for Scotland to achieve its vision of becoming the most entrepreneurial and innovative society in the world.

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