AccelerateHER Awards 2022 
in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs 

Applications closed: Wednesday 22nd December 2021

The AccelerateHER Awards in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs celebrate women excelling in their sector and are split across five regions - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North England and South England - with four categories in each region: Science and MedTech; FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity; CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero; and Disruptive Innovation.

In just six years, the awards have quickly developed a reputation for providing a springboard to growth for finalists and winners by opening doors to new connections and opportunities through the global AccelerateHER and Barclays Eagle Labs networks.

Previous AccelerateHER Award winners have accessed incredible top-level market building missions to California, New York, Boston, Berlin and Dubai - resulting in new investment leads, extensive new business and a much extended network of top industry leaders and finance community ‘movers and shakers’.

The category winners in each of five regions will receive a mentoring package from Investing Women Angels and get the opportunity to take part in one of our international market building missions* to Europe, North America or the Middle East. Winners will become part of the AccelerateHER network and benefit from priceless connections, industry contacts, potential funders and learning.

In addition to becoming part of the AccelerateHER community, you are eligible to receive support and access to the Barclays Eagle Labs and Barclays network. Eagle labs is committed to helping their members and wider entrepreneurial ecosystem grow and scale, through their network of co-working spaces, mentors and learning tools, as well as their events, programmes and workshops for ambitious businesses.


Find out more: 

*International market building missions will only go ahead if it is safe to do so in light of the current global pandemic. If we can’t travel, rest assured we will still put together an amazing prize package to help accelerate your business and make international connections.

Dates for the Diary
  • Thursday 28 October 2021 – Showcase launch and open for entries
  • Wednesday 22nd December 2021 – Close for entries
  • Monday 24 January 2022 – Announcement of finalists. If you have been successful, you will have to then submit a one-page executive summary by the 11th of February.
  • Thursday 17 and 24 February 2022 – Pitch practice sessions available
  • Week commencing 21 March 2022 – AccelerateHER Finals, regional finals per morning.
    • Monday 21st March – North England,
    • Tuesday 22nd March – Northern Ireland,
    • Wednesday 23rd March – Wales,
    • Thursday 24th March – Scotland,
    • Friday 25th March – South England

Our vision

We believe in female founders. We believe teams that include female founders perform better. We believe there is huge potential for more female founders to scale their companies internationally.

Awards 2022 Categories

The AccelerateHER Awards 2022 in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs are split across five regions - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North England and South England. Each region has four categories: 

Science and MedTech

This award recognises life changing innovations through unparalleled creativity in science or medical technology. If your business is at the forefront of your sector, pushing scientific boundaries with anything from medical devices to life changing apps, then this is the category for you.

CleanTech, Climate and Net Zero

This category is for companies using technology to tackle the climate crisis. No matter what field you’re working in, if you’re on a journey to Net Zero by developing solutions to reduce emissions and combat global warming, this is the award for you.
FinTech, Data Science and Cybersecurity

This award celebrates businesses that are changing the face of financial services and data science. If you’re embracing the open banking revolution through financial technology; providing cybersecurity solutions to protect the most vulnerable of data; harnessing data to extract and harness knowledge then this category is for you.

Disruptive Innovation

If you don’t fit into one of the other three categories but your business is trail blazing with technological innovation and brilliance, then you could be our Disruptive Innovator for 2022. We want to hear from businesses who are disrupting their sector with new ideas.

Awards 2022 Regions

We are delighted to be expanding the Awards UK-wide for 2022. Please see below details of the five UK regions. 


● Aberdeen
● Edinburgh

Scotland regional sponsors:


● Cardiff

Northern Ireland

● Belfast

North England

● Cumbria
● Hull
● Liverpool
● Manchester
● Isle of Man
● Leeds
● Lincoln
● Newcastle
● Sheffield

South England

● Bournemouth
● Brighton
● Oxford
● Birmingham
● Jersey
● Southampton
● Cranfield
● Cambridge
● Stratford (Plexal)
● Guernsey


If you would like more information or have questions about the AccelerateHER Awards 2022 in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs,  contact:
Elizabeth Pirrie on
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram