Ex-Apple adviser to meet Scottish business founders

A FORMER Apple adviser is set to meet female Scottish business founders at an upcoming trade event.

Ron Weissman, a former senior Apple executive and adviser to late company founder Steve Jobs, will meet female founders of Scotland-based companies during a virtual trade mission to California next week.

The event will be co-led by AccelerateHER and Gwen Edwards, Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a US-based investor group that supports high-potential women-led businesses.

AccelerateHER is the sister company to Scotland’s first all-female angel investment group, Investing Women Angels.

Jackie Waring said the event would support “Scottish businesses founded by women”. (C) Investing in female angels

The primary focus of the company is to accelerate the growth of female founders to scale businesses, access investments, and be visible to others.

The virtual trade mission itself is designed to provide growth opportunities by sharing current market information, business insights, and opening the door to new connections.

It will give attendees the opportunity to pitch their companies to key business figures and global investors in Silicon Valley.

In partnership with Scottish Enterprise, the event will run from February 7-9 and will feature masterclass sessions with leading figures in the tech industry, including Weissman himself.

Weissman has worked with more than 40 venture capital-backed companies and acted as an advisor to several tech giants, including Microsoft and Apple.

Other speakers include St Andrews-born tech entrepreneur Duncan Logan and Jaclyn Mason, regional director for Silicon Valley at the UK Department for International Trade.

Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women Angels, the group behind AccelerateHER, said: “I am grateful for the support of our partners at Scottish Enterprise who have made this event possible.

“We will work alongside participating founders in our AccelerateHER network to ensure the mission delivers value and ideally attracts additional investment to help them realize their full potential.”

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