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- the first ethical leadership & business acceleration program aimed at women innovators in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Data Science, who are ready to start a venture. 

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WaiACCELERATE 2020 Graduation

Join us in celebrating our WaiACCELERATE founders who have successfully graduated from the program on November 25! The TOP 3 startups recognized as the finalists are:

  • The Ultimate Game-Changer - Food For Gut by Jeanet Lin

  • 1st Runner Up - Nina Space by Ekaterina Stambolieva

  • 2nd Runner Up - Which Plant!? by Kim Taylor

  • Public Favorite - Blue Feniks by Bibi Schmidt

Investor Tour

Are you an investor / VC who is interested to meet / support the founders of WaiACCELERATE?

Become a strategic partner or / and

join the Investor Tour 2021!

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WaiACCELERATE is a novel business acceleration program by Women in AI. This initiative targets women innovators looking to start a business in the fields of AI, Machine Learning and Data Science.


With a focus on promoting ethical leadership and social impact, WaiACCELERATE is designed as a combination of various online modules and educational initiatives aimed at increasing the number of female-led innovative startups that use AI-related technology and are committed to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In a span of 9 months, participants develop, nurture and grow their entrepreneurial dreams into competitive and profitable business ventures.

WaiACCELERATE was initiated by Eve Logunova, Ambassador of Women in AI in the Netherlands, and was executed in 2020 by this dedicated team.


Since its inception in February 2020, the program became highly successful. Piloted for the Netherlands market at first, it attracted participants from across the globe. There were 25 actively enrolled women founders representing Australia, Austria, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, the UK, and the US.


WaiCCELERATE 2021 is organized by 3 teams - Women in AI USA , Women in AI APAC  , and Women in AI Europe.


Meet the Founders (The Class of 2020)


Davar Ardalan


[Washington DC, USA]

Founder of IVOW Inc

[Cultural Intelligence]


SDG Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities


Tracy Cosgrove

[The Netherlands]

Founder of VRHTI


[HospitalityTech / VR]


SDG Goal 1: No poverty; 

Goal 4: Quality Education


Iris Anson


[The UK]

Founder of ETIQ

[DataTech / Bias Mitigation]


SDG Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities


Maria Villanueva



Founder of BeautyQlick


[BeautyTech / HealthTech]


SDG Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being


Become a partner of WaiACCELERATE 2021 and empower women entrepreneurs to make their AI dream a reality!



“Being part of the WaiACCELERATE family has been a game changer for our startup. It’s not just the exceptional experts and workshops they lead that informs our work, it is also the doors they have opened up for us to communicate and engage in collaborative thinking with the likes of IBM, Amazon Web Services and Oracle for Startups, and to meet investors.” 


—  Davar Ardalan, Founder of IVOW (USA)

High-Class Mentorship

Another strategic support to the founders during the development of their AI ideas and for the go-to-market preparation is enabled via the Mentorship track of WaiACCELERATE.


There is no other organization or Accelerator in the field that provides such a highly experienced and engaged cohort of mentors.


Read more about our first WaiDATATHON for Sustainable Future that was hosted in VR on October 9-12, 2020.


Meet the Mentors (2020)


Ankit Chhajer

Head of Artificial Intelligence (Cora Lead Product Owner) at NatWest


Mariella de Koning


Partner at Varso Group & Member of the Rabobank Supervisory Group

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Carly E. Howard, JD, LLM

VP Legal Operations at Fathym




Co-founder & President at Stanford Angels

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Why more women in the startup domain?

The major development in technology is happening within the startup landscape where more small and medium scale businesses are springing up across the world at an increasing rate. Yet, the digital startup ecosystem is highly gender imbalanced where women are greatly under-represented among digital entrepreneurs.


According to the World Economic Forum’s & SAP’s 2020 report, in 2018 Europe had six women entrepreneurs (tech and non-tech) for every 10 men – the lowest ratio among the global regions. The disparity was even greater in tech – only 5% of Europe’s tech founders were female.


The history of data shows mostly men in a leadership seat. Whereas, the latest special report on women and entrepreneurship suggests that significant work remains to be done to encourage and support women entrepreneurs and their ability to build economic security for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. 

Amplifying gloomy projections by the World Economic Forum that at this pace, it could take more than 200 years to close the gender gap globally. Additionally, if we don’t find a solution to improving the gender parity, in particular in the field of AI, the fully automated world of tomorrow will be highly biased causing a great threat to humanity’s existence.


And that is where WaiACCELERATE comes in. Women in AI’s intention and the idea behind WaiACCELERATE is to shift the status quo towards diversity and inclusion and remove biases from AI technology. That's why we work with the best of the best to improve the current gender state of entrepreneurship and remove the limiting factors for women to become more active in the ecosystem.


Meet the Speakers (2020)

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Nancy Poleon

Founder & Owner

of BrandedU