Women Backing Women Investment Summit Scotland

Empowering Women to become Angels and Access Investment

March 28th
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: Hosted by RBS at 36 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh

About Women Backing Women Investment Summit Scotland

This event will bring together both aspiring angel investors and experienced angels to share experience and knowledge on the opportunities to Angel invest in Scotland and with the opportunity to meet some of Scotland’s women led companies looking to raise capital. This Summit offers those who attend a packed agenda of exciting keynotes, fireside conversations, panel discussion and valuable networking opportunities.

The event will include a special keynote from Ana Stewart co-author of the important Pathways Report – A new approach to Women’s Entrepreneurship . Ana will speak about the next stages of implementing the Pathways strategy and what this will mean for women entrepreneurs in Scotland, alongside her own personal perspective on being an angel investor. Panel discussions and conversations will focus on the opportunities for women angels and how we can inspire and empower more women to become angels and invest in women founders.

Currently women represent just 14% of the UK’s business angels and many women are unaware of the routes to becoming an angel or the significant tax breaks. The Women Backing Women campaign’s mission is to increase this to 30% by 2030 through education, shared experiences, good practice and knowledge to help inform policy.

By collaborating and joining forces Mint Ventures, supported by the Scottish Government Ecosystem Fund, partnering with UKBAA, Women backing Women Campaign and RBS are providing this opportunity to support more women founders to increase their access to risk capital.

Attendees will hear from:
  • Women Angel investors who are already leading the way through their own angel investment journey and how they have helped influence or start-up women focused angel investment syndicates to support more equitable focused investment ecosystems
  • Women founders who were able to scale their businesses by accessing investment and the importance for them to have women angel investors
  • Ecosystem funds and how these can make more of a difference to enabling more women founder to access co-investment
Women Backing Women National Conference
Women Backing Women National Conference


10.30 – 11.00am: Arrivals, registration and light refreshments

11.00 – 11.20am: Opening remarks and setting the scene

Jenny Tooth OBE, Executive Chair, UKBAA and Co-Chair, Women Angel Investment Task Force

11.20 – 11.45am: Key Note Address: Ana Stewart, Pathways review of Women in Entrepreneurship in Scotland

11.45 – 12.30pm: Women Backing Women – How Women Angels are increasing and facilitating access to equity for women founders


  • Mary McKenna, UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2023; Co-founder, Awaken Women Angels, NI,
  • Gillian Fleming, CEO MINT Ventures
  • Rhona Campbell, Chair Investing Women Angels
  • Tracey Rob Perera Fractional Strategic CFO/COO for Tech scaleups
  • Moderator: Yvonne Greeves, Director of Women in Business, NatWest Group

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and Founders Investment Showcase

Preselected Founders stands with product information who are scaling and looking to raise finance in the near future (NB this is not a pitching event and will strictly adhere to financial promotions regulation)

1.30 – 2.15pm: Women Founders’ journey to investment in Scotland – two women entrepreneurs speak of the challenges in seeking investment and the impact of women investors on their business growth.

In conversation with two successful Scottish women founders who have accessed Angel and VC investment to grow and scale their business.


  • Danae Shell, Valla
  • Rachel Curtis, Inicio AI
  • Alison Grieve, G-Hold
  • Moderator: Mandy Bailey, Regional Eco-system Manager Scotland, NatWest Group

2.15 – 3.00pm: Scottish Co-investment Ecosystem Funds and how they can support all sectors


  • Kerry Sharp, Director of Entrepreneurship and Investment at Scottish Enterprise
  • David Grahame, Angel Capital Scotland
  • Lorna Kelly, Strategic Development Director at Maven Capital Partners
  • Andrew Noble, Partner Par Equity
  • Moderator: Eleanor Shaw

3.00 – 3.30pm: Q & A – What next for Women Backing Women in Scotland

Jenny Tooth OBE, Executive Chair, UKBAA and Co-Chair, Women Angel Investment Task

3.30 – 3.40pm: Closing Remarks

Judith Cruikshank, Managing Director, Commercial Mid-Market at Royal Bank of Scotland

Please register your interest to attend to include your motivation, places will be limited.


Kerry Sharp
Director of Entrepreneurship and Investment 
Scottish Enterprise

Mary McKenna MBE
Angel Investor of the Year 2023

Gillian Fleming

Gillian Fleming
CEO, MINT Ventures

Rhona Campbell
Chair Investing Women Angels


Jenny Tooth OBE
Executive Chair, UKBAA

Yvonne Greeves

Yvonne Greeves
Director of Women in Business, NatWest Group

Alison Grieve 
Founder G-Hold

Lorna Kelly
Strategic Development Director at Maven Capital Partners

David Grahame
CEO, Angel Capital Scotland (formerly LINC Scotland)

Rachel Curtis
CEO, Inicio AI

Andrew Noble
Partner, Par Equity

Danae Shell
 Co-founder and CEO, Valla

Mandy Bailey
Regional Eco-system Manager Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland

Judith Cruickshank
Managing Director, Commercial Mid Market, Royal Bank of Scotland

Ana Stewart
Partner, Eos Advisory’

Professor Eleanor Shaw, OBE, PhD
Dean, University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School

Tracey Rob Perera 
Fractional Strategic CFO/COO for Tech scaleups and Angel Investor 

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