The AccelerateHER Awards were first launched in 2015 as a nation-wide pitch contest for female entrepreneurs, with winners presented at the annual Investing Women ‘Ambition & Growth’ Conference. Following two increasingly successful years, the awards are now entering their 3rd year.
Designed to inspire and support more women in to business and to encourage those with ideas and the ambition to succeed to take the next step; we want to help female entrepreneurs:
Year 1 and 2 overview
The competition was run in partnership with local universities with a sole focus on “passion and enthusiasm” this being the first time the competition had run we were astounded by the response – 105 entries with start-ups ranging from the idea stage to investor ready, from the central belt to the highlands. We were amazed and encouraged by the number of women who wanted to enter this female only competition.
In the second year we decided to break the competition into two categories. Ambition, and growth. Ambition would be the category for ideas and very early stage businesses and growth would be the category for those looking not only to grow but to expand internationally. We received 30 entries to the Ambition category and 55 to the Growth category. Thanks to sponsorship we were able to select not 1 but 11 winners from the Ambition category. Allowing 11 early stage businesses to attend the conference and make use of the workshops, seminars and networking that will help drive their ideas forward.
The Third Year – This Coming Year
This year we have decided that Ambition will be split into the categories which you can view on the Entry Categories and Criteria page >>