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AccelerateHER Awards Partner with Barclays Eagle Labs to go Nationwide

David Paul

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The traditionally Scotland-only event is expanding its reach to recognise inspiring female leaders across the UK.

The AccelerateHER awards, working alongside Barclays Eagle Labs, is expanding across the UK this year for the first time.

Now in its seventh year, the awards, which recognise the success of inspirational female founders, will be expanding to take in the entirety of Britain.

The awards focus on several topic categories in each region, including science and medtech; fintech, data science and cybersecurity; cleantech, climate and net-zero; and disruptive innovation.

Announcing the partnership, Chief Operating Officer for AccelerateHER, Elizabeth Pirrie said: “Taking the awards UK-wide is testament to the success of the programme and we’re delighted to have secured the support of Barclays Eagle Labs to help us expand beyond Scotland.

“This is an exciting time for AccelerateHER as we launch the 2022 awards to find the inspirational, dynamic female founders who play a leading role driving strong global growth potential in their companies.”

The awards are sponsored by Barclays and global IT and business consulting services firm CGI.

The Scottish Government has also been instrumental in supporting the awards in Scotland through its Women in Enterprise Framework and Action Plan; ensuring over 700 female founders to date have accessed tangible expert help to prepare for investment and growth.

Katherine Morgan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, added: “We’re excited and honoured to be supporting the AccelerateHER awards.

“Celebrating and boosting the strength of female entrepreneurship in the UK is close to our hearts at Barclays and we hope that the awards will celebrate female entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation.”


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Over the last six years, the awards have been providing access to growth for finalists and winners by giving opportunities to make new connections through the global AccelerateHER and Barclays Eagle Labs networks.

Previous AccelerateHER Award winners have accessed high-level, market-building missions to California, New York, Boston, Berlin and Dubai – resulting in new investment leads, new business and an extended network that includes top industry leaders.

Commenting on success from the awards, last year’s CleanTech winner Aslihan Penley from Zoex Power said: “AccelerateHER Awards gave me the prestige and credibility that my clean tech start-up was missing.

“Alongside it, the connections, the mentoring and the whole AccelerateHER family has been fascinating!”

Entries open on 28th October with the winners announced in March next year.


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David Paul

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