EI client Dr Kate Cameron has won the MedTech and Science prize in the AccelerateHER Awards 2021, for her startup company Cytochroma.
Cytochroma provides ethically sourced, ethnically diverse stem-cell-derived products and tests to accelerate drug discovery.
The AccelerateHER Awards, delivered by Investing Women Angels, are presented to inspiring Scotland-based businesswomen in the four categories of CleanTech and Climate; Disruptive Innovation; MedTech and Science; and FinTech, Data Science and Cyber Security.
The awards final, staged online, unveiled four winners from a shortlist of 12.
The winners receive a mentoring package from Investing Women Angels and Barclays Eagle Labs and a place on a market-building international trade mission to Europe, North America or the Middle East, planned for later in 2021, subject to travel restrictions.
Dr Cameron, who studied at Edinburgh both as an undergraduate and for her PhD in bone biology, launched her company with EI support in 2017 after working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
She is a previous winner of the prestigious Higgs Award at Scottish EDGE, and is currently a BBSRC Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow, hosted by EI.
“I’m really looking forward to the mentoring package, as Investing Women have so much fantastic experience and expertise that I’m sure will be very useful to both me and the business.
“The potential to go on trade missions, even if virtual, is also a great opportunity to establish new partnerships and connections now that we are trading.
“The support from the start from Edinburgh Innovations really helped launch the business and connect me with the fantastic entrepreneurial network that exists in Edinburgh and Scotland.”
– Dr Kate Cameron, Founder and CEO, Cytochroma.
Support for growth
Now in their sixth year, the AccelerateHER Awards are sponsored by Barclays and global IT and business consulting services firm CGI. The awards are also supported by the Scottish Government, through its Women in Enterprise Framework and Action Plan to help female entrepreneurs prepare for investment and growth.
All AccelerateHER Awards entrants are UK-registered companies trading, or intending to trade, in Scotland.
“I warmly congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to further supporting the growth of their businesses as we embark on trade missions later this year to meet with investors and advisors from within our global network.
“The awards programme continues to support Scottish-linked female-founded companies. This year’s participants add to the growing AccelerateHER network which now includes over 5,000 female business founders within Scotland and beyond.”
– Jackie Waring, CEO of AccelerateHER and Investing Women Angels.
The CleanTech and Climate winner was Aslihan Penley of Aberdeen-based wave energy technology specialists ZOEX Power. St Andrews-based Rebecca Goss of pharmaceutical sector technology innovators, XGenix, was winner of the Disruptive Innovation category, while the FinTech, Data Science and Cyber Security award was won by Sarah Wernér of Husmus, a technology provider supporting tenants and landlords in the private rental market.
Photograph: AccelerateHER winners (from left) Aslihan Penley, Rebecca Goss, Kate Cameron and Sarah Wernér.