Find out more about the AccelerateHER team

female founders association

Jackie Waring FRSE

Founder & Chair
Jackie is a pioneer of women angels and diversity in investment. An active and experienced angel investor herself; she established Scotland’s first all-female angel group, Investing Women Angels, whose members have invested over 90% of their funds in highly innovative female founded companies.

Jackie is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping other entrepreneurs. It was this passion which inspired her to establish AccelerateHER; creating a channel and direct help for female founders going for scale & investment. Publicly recognised by Scotland's former First Minister, she is a major player in shaping Scotland’s enterprise eco-system. AccelerateHER now operates UK wide, running female founder accelerators, awards, workshops, mentoring and many other forms of support. This is achieving tangible impact, boosting the volume of investments in Scotland's female-founded companies by 700% since 2015. She has also nurtured strong international partnerships leading to regular AccelerateHER missions to Silicon Valley and the USA, Germany and Dubai.

Jackie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Non-Executive Director of CPI, a leading independent technology innovation organisation whose multiple centres include the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

She was formerly an Advisory Board Member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women in Washington DC.

Elizabeth Pirrie


Elizabeth is a dynamic professional operating within Scotland’s entrepreneurial sector and a determined advocate for female-led businesses in the UK.

As CEO of AccelerateHER and COO of Investing Women Angels, Elizabeth moves the dial to create more opportunities for and awareness of female founders. AccelerateHER’s programme of events, annual awards, and engaged network enable female founders to accelerate growth, scale their business, and access investment.

With a background in finance, business support and entrepreneurship, her experience covers a multitude of expertise – from funding sources to international market expansions.

Elaine Bone

Elaine Bone has a well-established career history in event management and in 2000, set up her company Brightstar – focussed on events and association management.

Alongside her Brightstar associates, Elaine provides operational and strategic support to the AccelerateHER team and its wider female foudners association, working closely with Elizabeth and Jackie to create meaningful and valuable events for female founders.

As well as working with female founders and Investing Women Angels, Elaine has enjoyed many successes in business herself – valuable experience which she uses to inform her work with the AccelerateHER and IWA teams.

Alison Jones

Alison Jones supports AccelerateHER. Her background includes marketing, events design, governance and business management. A graduate of Political Science and Political Communication, she has a keen interest in policy, female empowerment, economic development and strategic communications.

She works with AccelerateHER providing operational and executive support, working and supporting high growth founders and collating angel investment.

Caroline Mitchell

Caroline Mitchell is part of the support team for AccelerateHER and Brightstar colleague of Elaine and Alison.

Caroline’s professional background lies within marketing, digital communications and project management, specifically with start-up businesses and within the mixed-use property sector. With a specific interest in entrepreneurship, Caroline is delighted to be working with the rest of the team to support, enable and amplify the terrific work of female founders.

Hollie Bruce 

Hollie supports AccelerateHER and our wider network with digital communications.

Hollie has a professional background in politics, journalism and life sciences with a focus on digital strategy, and is an Associate at strategic communications agency Message Matters. 

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