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AccelerateHER Awards 2021
At our live virtual finals on Thursday 25th March, four inspiring and aspirational businesswomen and their companies shared the spotlight as winners of the AccelerateHER Awards 2021.
The awards final unveiled a winner from each of the four key sector categories – CleanTech and Climate; Disruptive Innovation; MedTech and Science; and FinTech, Data Science and Cyber Security – from a short-list of 12 finalists.
The CleanTech and Climate winner was Aslihan Penley of Aberdeen-based wave energy technology specialists ZOEX Power.
St Andrews-based Rebecca Goss of pharmaceutical sector technology innovators, XGenix, was winner of the Disruptive Innovation category.
Kate Cameron of Cytochroma won the MedTech and Science category. The Edinburgh biotech company provides a flexible and ethical source of liver tissue for preclinical testing.
The final category of FinTech, Data Science and Cyber Security was won by Sarah Wernér of Husmus, a technology provider supporting tenants and landlords in the private rental market.
The winners will receive a mentoring package from Investing Women Angels and Barclays Eagle Labs and once again secure a place on a market-building international trade mission to Europe, North America or the Middle East, planned for later in 2021.*
Miss watching the live final? The recording is available below:
Details of the semi-finalists can be found here.
Details of the finalists and the 2021 Rising Star can be found here.
AccelerateHER Rising Star 2021
Sonal Lakhani – Global Head of Innovation Programmes, Barclays
Lindsay McGranaghan – Vice President, Scotland, CGI
Ben Davey – Chief Investment Officer of EFIC1
About the AccelerateHER Awards
The AccelerateHER Awards are a celebration of female founders and their potential to grow their companies and scale internationally. Now in their sixth 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 receive a mentoring package from Investing Women Angels, sponsored by Barclays, and get the opportunity to take part in one of our international market building Missions* to Europe, North America or the Middle East. Winners will become part of the AccelerateHER network and benefit from priceless connections, industry contacts, learning and potential funders.
*International market building missions will only go ahead if it is safe to do so in light of the current global pandemic. If we can’t travel, rest assured we will still put together an amazing prize package to help accelerate your business and make international connections.
Applications for the AccelerateHER Awards 2021 closed on Friday 11th December 2020.