AccelerateHER Awards organisers staging virtual trade mission across Europe

Organisers of the AccelerateHER Awards are staging a virtual trade mission across Europe next week for members of their female company founder network – aiming to provide a springboard to growth.

Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women, which organises the AccelerateHER Awards. Picture: Neil Hanna.

The three-day, market-building endeavour takes place from March 15 to 17, and is supported by the Scottish government and Scottish Development International in Germany.

It is open to 15 AccelerateHER Awards programme participants, who can use it to showcase their companies to key business figures and globally-focused business angel investors from Germany and other German-speaking countries, as well as those from Poland and The Netherlands.

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Participating company founders include Ishani Malhotra of Roslyn-based biotech Carcinotech. Picture: contributed.

The participating company founders include Ishani Malhotra of Roslyn-based biotech Carcinotech; Rachel Jones of Edinburgh-based tech firm SnapDragon Monitoring; and Aslihan Penley of wave energy technology specialists ZOEX Power, which is located in Aberdeen.

The event follows other AccelerateHER Awards trade missions to Germany, California, New York, Boston and Dubai in recent years, which have resulted in new investment leads and extensive new business for participants’ companies. This is the first to take place online.

Jackie Waring, chief executive of Investing Women, which is behind the AccelerateHER Awards, said: “While the pandemic has created major travel restrictions, we’re delighted to be staging this three-day virtual trade mission where we will introduce some of our highly aspirational female company founders to leading European business figures and global investors.

“The event will provide an ideal platform to promote many Scottish-based companies within new markets.”

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