Raremark Wins Best Investment in a High Growth Woman Founder Award 2016

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UK Business Angels Association

15 July 2016

Raremark has won the UKBAA Best Investment in a High Growth Woman Founder Award 2016.

This award, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, is aimed at celebrating the importance of high growth potential businesses which are led by a woman founder, or co-founder, and recognises the role of the investors who backed them.

Raremark’s win was announced by Kiki Loizou, Small Business Editor of The Sunday Times, at the UK Angel Investment Awards 2016, held at the Dorchester Hotel on 5th July 2016. The award was presented by Stephen Pegge, Competitive Markets and Business Policy Director for Lloyds Banking Group (pictured, right).

The eight finalists were:

Big Couch
EduKit
FundingXchange
mush
Raremark
Receptive
SalesGossip
The Dots

The shortlisted businesses have all demonstrated the role played by women as leaders or decision-makers in scaling the business, and have identified the role played by angel investors, especially women investors, in supporting the women leaders to achieve further growth of the business.

Speaking of the founder and CEO of Raremark, Julie Walters, the judges acknowledged she had shown exceptional leadership in setting up and growing the business and focusing on the challenge to support families affected by rare diseases whilst pioneering new access to data and analysis from the pharmaceutical industry. Julie has shown her capacity to effectively mobilise both angel, VC and equity crowdfunded investment, notably drawing on the skills and support of key women investors with expertise in the healthcare sector.

Funding Xchange’s co-founder, Katrin Herrling, who won the One to Watch award, was commended for demonstrating strong leadership through building the FCA authorised platform to empower small businesses to access alternative sources of finance. The team, with strong female representation, have gathered a wide group of investors, including female angel investors, to support their path to high growth.

UKBAA look forward to following both female founders and their respective companies over the year ahead.

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