Search underway for Scotland’s top women-led firms

Jackie Waring of Investing Women. Picture: Contributed

Jackie Waring of Investing Women. Picture: Contributed

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Scotland’s only pitch competition for female entrepreneurs was set to launch its second annual contest today at Edinburgh Napier University.

The 2017 AccelerateHER Awards, which are open to “entrepreneurial women-led businesses” based in Scotland, presents an opportunity for growth aspiring businesswomen to showcase their companies before an audience that includes angel investors, commercial advisers and fellow entrepreneurs. At least two finalists will secure a trip to California next April.

Entrants will initially be asked to submit a video pitch via the Investing Women’s website outlining their business, its ambitions, growth plans and investor potential.

Jackie Waring, chief executive of Investing Women, said: “The tremendous response we had for the inaugural 2016 awards, where we attracted an impressive 105 entrants, shows just how much dynamism and passion there is within Scotland’s female entrepreneurial community.

“The awards also provided a great platform for so many of the women who participated with four of the six finalists in March having gone on to secure over £2 million worth of growth financing between them since their involvement in the programme.”

The 2017 awards are also being supported by business angel network LINC Scotland, whose executive director, David Grahame, added: “We are keen supporters of the AccelerateHER Awards which help uncover and promote some of the great female entrepreneurial talent in Scotland.
“While the Scottish business angel market continues to be more buoyant than most, the efforts of groups like Investing Women in encouraging and supporting more businesswomen to thrive provides a huge benefit to both the individual entrepreneurs and the wider Scottish economy.”

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