AccelerateHER and Techscaler to deliver Female Founders Hackathon

21/08/2023
AccelerateHER and Techscaler to deliver Female Founders Hackathon

A ‘FEMALE Founder Hackathon’ delivered by AccelerateHER and Techscaler will be taking place in Edinburgh on 5th October, with applications now open.  The partnership between AccelerateHER and Techscaler was announced last September, and the October hackathon builds on the success of the first hackathon event in March.  

The full day event welcomes female and non-binary founders to explore technical solutions to business challenges alongside some of Scotland’s most insightful female tech founders including Criton founder Julie Grieve, Dialexy CEO Monica Camino Moreno, and Valla CEO Danae Shell.  The hackathon will see participants explore ideas and creative problem-solving, gain expert technical input, engage in product development, and review minimum viable product (MVP) requirements, all in a carefully curated collaborative space. 

Elizabeth Pirrie, CEO of AccelerateHER, said: “AccelerateHER exists to maximise the potential of women and non-binary founders, and we know a big barrier to their participation in entrepreneurship is a feeling of not belonging. The hackathons and tech clinics are just part of the work that we are doing with Techscaler to create a safe space for women to demystify the landscape, build knowledge, and strengthen networks.”

Audrey Opdycke-Barnes, VP of Pathways at CodeBase, which runs the Techscaler programme, said: “We’re encouraging as many women and non-binary founders to apply, and to know that these are not one-off events, rather that they lead to community building, a community where you will have ongoing support, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, and access to the kind of resources you need throughout the startup journey.”

Janani Prabhakaran, Founder of mobile luggage storage company Unbaggaged, who participated in the previous hackathon in March, said: The hackathon ecosystem was a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship – where collaboration breeds disruption and innovation. The opportunity to connect with fellow women-led companies and experienced mentors was truly priceless. We had the chance to share our stories, discussing the hurdles we’ve overcome and the triumphs we’ve celebrated. Collectively, these shared experiences and insights have fortified our position for the journey ahead. We’re moving forward with renewed strength, thanks to the robust network we’ve established through this experience.” 

Applications are now open to founders from all industries who want to explore how tech can solve problems and present opportunities for their business. For more information and to apply visit: https://accelerateher.co.uk/about-us/learn/hackathon/

The AccelerateHER-Techscaler partnership is also rolling out meetups across Techscaler’s seven regional hubs – in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen, South of Scotland, and Inverness – between July and November.  The ‘AccelerateHER + Techscaler Meetup’ series is designed for women and non-binary founders and prospective founders, with the organisers describing the target audience as individuals “working on a fledgling idea for a startup, or already in the thick of scaling their tech enterprise, because having a community of folks to connect with, share knowledge with, and generally find support amongst is invaluable.”

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