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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. Publicly recognised by Scotland's First Minister, she is a major player in shaping the ScotCanDo eco-system. The AccelerateHER Awards, workshops, mentoring and other support are achieving tangible impact, boosting the volume and investment in Scotland's female-led companies. She has also nurtured strong international partnerships leading to regular AccelerateHER missions to Silicon Valley, Dubai, Germany; and more recently Boston and New York in partnership with Founders Forum.
Jackie has previously run three companies, including 10 years CEO of a business/economic development organisation in Scotland. She has been an external policy advisor to the UK government; leading on the access to finance or women entrepreneurs agenda. Jackie was also the first UK Advisory Board Member for the Washington DC based Global Banking Alliance for Women.
Elizabeth brings with her over 20 years of accounting experience including 10 as Finance Director of what was one of Scotland’s largest, independent care home providers. For the past six years she has worked in economic development in Scotland supporting start up and growing companies across several sectors including life sciences, technology and tourism.
Elaine and Brightstar associate, Alison Jones, provide operational support to the AccelerateHER team and its wider network.
She works with AccelerateHER providing operational and executive support, working and supporting high growth founders and collating angel investment.