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Scottish Female Founders Trailblazing In Tech

Scottish Female Founders Trailblazing In Tech

Gender inequality is still rife across British business, with the technology sector being particularly skewed.

With this in mind, AccelerateHER was created to support the re-balancing of technology in favour of women and to secure an inclusive future across all businesses.

Founded and run by Investing Women, the annual awards aim to celebrate the best of female businesses, with future scalability and growth.

The winner will receive a Barclays mentoring package and a place on an international trade mission to Europe, North America or the Middle East, which is planned for later in 2021 – subject to rules over foreign travel and social distancing in light of the global pandemic.

The awards were open to applications across four categories: MedTech and Science; FinTech and Cyber Security; CleanTech and Climate; or Disruptive Innovation.

A winner for each category, as well as a Rising Star, for the female founder with the best early stage business idea, will be announced at a virtual event on 25 March.

We’ve spoken to the Scottish nominees to find out more about their trailblazing technology.

Photo of Know-it Founder & CEO Lynne Darcey Quigley, AccelerateHER Finalist

Lynne Darcey Quigley founded Know-it in 2019 after 25 years’ experience working in the credit management industry, with more than 14 years running her own commercial debt recovery business.

Know-it controls the credit control process of checking, chasing and collecting money from customers in one platform, in order to stop companies making mistakes that could potentially cost their future.

The venture has been funded by Quigley out of her own personal funds, but she is hoping that after launching in April to attract outside investment.

She is aiming to attract small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and has secured trademarks in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Quigley said: “The platform will ensure businesses have a robust credit management process regardless of the size or industry – we want to help businesses save money on subscriptions on multiple platforms and credit referencing services.

“We also believe that SMEs should have the same access to these tools as large PLC’s do – balancing the playing field.

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