The 16 semi-finalists (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)
The 16 semi-finalists (joined by Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women who is in the centre, standing)

Ambition category winners announced for 2018 AccelerateHER Awards

Six up and coming businesses led by Scottish-based female entrepreneurs have been honoured in the Ambition category of this year’s AccelerateHER Awards.

The women receive a £500 cash prize for their business and a complimentary place at the Ambition & Growth conference, being held on the 8th of March in Edinburgh on International Women’s Day. 

The Ambition category winners are Anya Roy of gynaecological health company, Syrona Women; Lily Asch of Real Talk, a business focused on promoting positive mental health; Anna Devitt, founder of comedy and confidence workshop provider Direct Devitt; Isatou Njai, co-founder of high fibre health beverage Drink Baotic; Rachel Jones of IP protection business SnapDragon Monitoring; and Raquel Wing of The Clean Hub, the world’s first accelerator program for clean beauty companies. 

There were over 100 entrants for the Ambition category award with the six winners chosen by an independent judging panel. They were selected for showing passion in their business, underlining its market opportunities and demonstrating a strong understanding of both running costs and sales potential.

The news comes a week before the winners of the AccelerateHER Awards Growth category, for more established female-led companies, will be announced at next week’s Ambition & Growth conference.

The short-listed Growth category companies are: My Diabetes My Way; Cascade Water Products; Little Rio uFraction8; TeqNox, Craft Design House; IntelliDigest; Sustainably and CogniHealth.

The winners in this category will secure a place on an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai in April or to California in September.

Now in their third year, the AccelerateHER Awards, organised by Investing Women and sponsored by Skyscanner, are open to businesswomen whose companies demonstrate strong growth potential. The competition provides an ideal platform for participants to attract investment into their businesses.