Investing Women launches roadshow

Hepburn supports more women in STEM

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Jackie Waring (photo by Terry Murden)

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training, has voiced his support for more women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in advance of a key event being held by Investing Women in Aberdeen.

Mr Hepburn said: “Improving gender equality in STEM is a priority for the Scottish Government and we are working hard to address the under-representation of girls and women in STEM subject courses and in careers.

“This is why we are investing up to £1.5 million over the next three years in a programme of equality projects across Scottish colleges and universities.

“Scotland is a Can-do nation and I look forward to continuing to work with and supporting the efforts of many agencies and organisations, including Investing Women.”

The minister’s support has come in advance of Investing Women launching a roadshow of Scottish Government backed events for innovative entrepreneurs and women investors across Scotland.

The events run through to March, taking in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Oban with more in the pipeline.

Founder and chief executive of Investing Women, Jackie Waring said: “The past 12 months have been very exciting for Investing Women.

“Not only did we have the success of the inaugural Ambition & Growth Conference and AccelerateHER Awards, but we have also now financially backed six innovative companies in deals totalling £2.26m of new investment.”

She added that 59 jobs, two-thirds being top end science based roles, have been created as a result. This was before these companies continue their expansion internationally.

“Scotland is so rich in innovation and talented entrepreneurs; we are delighted to be introducing new women angels and new investment to the mix.”

Other key speakers include top scientist and entrepreneur Dr Caroline Barelle of award winning company Elasmogen; a spin out from Aberdeen University which is developing sight saving therapies for patients that suffer with an inflammatory eye disease called Uveitis.

Jacqueline Law, managing partner at Aberdein Considine will also talk about backing innovation in the North East in particular; as well as highlighting the opportunity for many more women to be involved in angel investing.

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