Scottish businesswomen named finalists for AccelerateHER UK Awards

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This year’s AccelerateHER UK Awards named 12 Scottish finalists in four categories.

The three finalists in the Science and MedTech category are Karen Gardiner of Purple Orchid Health, a reproductive health company that supports women with urological and gynecological conditions; Jodie Sinclair of Theo Health, a health technology company seeking to revolutionize injury recovery; and Ishani Malhotra of Carcinotech, which makes live 3D-printed tumors using patient-derived cancer stem cells.

The FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity finalists are Anne Widdop of The VR Hive, which uses artificial intelligence to provide adaptive learning environments; Charmaine Lo from Actelligent, a platform to help investors act intelligently at every stage of the investment process; and Lynne Darcey Quigley of Know-it, which streamlines the credit-checking process.

Finalists in the CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero category are Katherine Gunderson of Grand Bequest, a real estate technology company; Katie McKinney of ThermaFY Group, a temperature data software company; and Xiaoyan Ma of Danu Robotics, a cleantech start-up.

In the Disruptive Innovation category, the finalists are Danae Shell from Valla, a legal platform that helps people solve employment problems; Mehrnaz Campbell of Cheemia, a cloud-based training platform for pharmaceutical companies; and Janis Roddie of Everyday People, which enables the live events industry to monetize the digital space.

They are among 32 female founders named finalists for this year’s awards, in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs.

Elizabeth Pirrie, Chief Operating Officer of AccelerateHER, said, “We are delighted to announce an incredibly strong shortlist and would like to congratulate all of our 2022 finalists who are some of the most innovative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs operating in the country. .

“The driving force behind the AccelerateHER UK Awards is to showcase dynamic women-founded businesses with major global growth potential – it will be so exciting to celebrate the success of these exceptional talents with our AccelerateHER network when we announce our winners in March. “

Katherine Morgan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, added: “The level of entries for this year’s awards has been hugely impressive and it is exciting to see the number of companies founded by women who are breaking new ground in STEM sectors and driving change in the UK”.

Now in its seventh year, it’s the first time the previously Scotland-only event has expanded to the whole of the UK.

Last year’s four winners are Kate Cameron from Cytochroma, Rebecca Goss from XGenix, Sarah Wernér from Husmus and Aslihan Penley from ZOEX Power.

The winners will be announced during the regional final in March.

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