The AccelerateHER Awards Final took place live on Youtube on Thursday 26th March 2020. Joined by expert judges Ben Davey, Barclays Ventures; Kirsty Ramsey, CGI and Kate Ho, Skyscanner, the twelve AccelerateHER Finalists pitched live to win their category.
A public event to declare this year’s winners was set to be held at Barclays Eagle Lab within Edinburgh’s Codebase but, due to concerns about Coronavirus, organisers developed an alternative solution to their planned face-to-face gathering.
Twelve aspirational female company founders were shortlisted as finalists in the AccelerateHER Awards 2020 from four specific categories: Disruptive Innovation; CleanTech and Climate; FinTech and CyberSecurity and MedTech and Science. The finalists and winners are (in order of pitching):
- Chantal Epp, ClicknClear
- Fiona Gillies and Christine Hartland, SMASH Media
- Tersha Willis, Terrible Merch (Winner)
CleanTech and Climate
- Jacqueline Morrison, Cedeco Contractors
- Aslihan Penley, Nomad Engineers
- Elaine Galston, Tubular Sciences (Winner)
FinTech and Cyber Security
- Sheila Hogan, Biscuit Tin Planning (Winner)
- Dr Tayyaba Nafees, CyberShell Solutions
- Kiran Bhagotra, ProtectBox
MedTech and Science
- Diane Harbison, Decipher Analytics
- Claudia Freigang, Hearing Diagnostics
- Lise Pape, Walk the Path (Winner)
Each winner will secure a free slot on a market-building mission to Europe or North America to showcase their business to industry contacts and global investors.
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At our semi-finals on Tuesday 25th February, we announced the winner of the AccelerateHER Rising Star Award, supported by Aberdein Considine and mha Henderson Loggie. Monika Ohashi, CIO of Edinburgh-based fintech business PolyDigi Tech was named as this year’s Rising Star, which recognises a female company founder with a great early-stage business idea.
More information on the AccelerateHER Awards
We believe in female founders. We believe teams that include female founders perform better. We believe there is huge potential for more female founders to scale their companies internationally.
AccelerateHER Awards 2020
The AccelerateHER Awards are a celebration of female founders and their potential to grow their companies and scale internationally. Now in their fifth year, the awards have provided a springboard to growth for finalists and winners by opening doors to new connections and opportunities through the global AccelerateHER network.
Previous AccelerateHER Award winners have accessed incredible top-level market building missions to California, New York, Boston, Berlin and Dubai – resulting in new investment leads, extensive new business and a much-extended network of top industry leaders and finance community ‘movers and shakers’.
One winner from each category will get the opportunity to take part in one of our international market building Missions and benefit from priceless connections, industry contacts, potential financiers and learning.
AccelerateHER Awards 2020 Categories
This year, we split the awards into four categories with a winner being selected from each category.
Medtech and Science
Medical devices, cures for infectious diseases and life changing health management apps are just some of the ideas we would expect to see in this category. We are looking for businesses with life changing innovations for humans or animals.
FinTech and Cybersecurity
Do you have a platform that will change the face of banking and wider financial services? Have you developed a tool that will protect the most vulnerable of data from hackers? Then this category is for you.
CleanTech and Climate
This category is for companies that have found a way to replace plastic, reduce emissions or helping save the planet using technology.
If you don’t fit into one of the other 3 categories but you have a technology or service innovation that is set to disrupt your sector, then this category is for you.