Exceptional female founders named in AccelerateHER UK awards shortlist


32 inspiring female founders have been named as finalists in this year’s AccelerateHER UK awards in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. The influential women have been shortlisted for their aspirational work across the fields of Science and MedTech; FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity; CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero and Disruptive Innovation.

AccelerateHER COO, Elizabeth Pirrie said:

“We’re delighted to be announcing an incredibly strong shortlist and want to congratulate all of our 2022 finalists who are among the most innovative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs operating in the country.

“The driver behind the AccelerateHER UK awards is to showcase dynamic female founded businesses with major global growth potential. It will be so exciting to celebrate the success of such exceptional talent with our AccelerateHER network when we announce our winners in March.”

Katherine Morgan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, added:

“The standard of entries for this year’s awards has been hugely impressive and is exciting to see the number of female-founded businesses innovating in STEM sectors driving change in the UK. We commend all of this year’s entrants for their dynamic approach to entrepreneurship and wish all the finalists the best of luck for the finals in March.”

The finalists for 2022 are:



CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero

● Katherine Gunderson, Grand Bequest

● Xiaoyan Ma, Danu Robotics LTD

● Amanda Pickford, ThermaFY Group


FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity


● Charmaine Lo, Actelligent

● Lynne Darcey Quigley, Know-it Global

● Anne Widdop, The VR Hive


Science and MedTech


● Karen Gardiner, Purple Orchid Health Ltd

● Ishani Malhotra, Carcinotech Ltd

● Jodie Sinclair, Theo Health


Disruptive Innovation


● Mehrnaz Campbell, Cheemia Limited

● Janis Roddie, Everyday People Ltd

● Danae Shell, Valla


South England

CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero


● Molly Allington, Albotherm

● Claudia Gwinnutt, C Avanti Ltd

● Zhixuan Wang, Algreen Ltd


FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity


● Katrin Herrling, Funding Xchange

● Alex Harris, Adadot

● Jessica Mendoza, Monadd


Science and MedTech


● Emma Amoscato, Smile

● Grace Gimson, Holly Health

● Lucie Hayter, The Gut Feeling


Disruptive Innovation


● Lynsey Cowlishaw, Heroine Media

● Nina Jane Patel, Kabuni

● Stella Smith, Pirkx Limited


Wales, Northern Ireland and North England

● Ans Aspden, Stable Resources Ltd (Wales)

● Georgia Aubrey, The Social Commerce (Wales)

● Lottie Hawkins, Earthly Biochar (Wales)

● Karen McDonald, Farm Compare Ltd (Northern Ireland)

● Sinead Welsh, Informed Minds Training & Consultancy (Northern Ireland)

● Olivia Dovernor, The Student Bubble (North England)

● Jennie Johnson, My First Five Years Ltd (North England)

● Aranzazu Carmona Orbezo, Parallel Carbon (North England)

Now in their seventh year, this is the first time the previously Scotland-only event has extended UK-wide. Last year’s four winners include Kate Cameron from Cytochroma, Rebecca Goss from XGenix, Sarah Wernér of Husmus and ZOEX Power’s Aslihan Penley.

The awards are delivered in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. The Scottish Government and global IT and business consulting firm CGI have been instrumental in supporting the growth of the awards in Scotland; ensuring over 700 female founders to date have accessed tangible expert help to prepare for investment and growth.

The winners will be announced at the Regional Finals in March 2022.


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