Female Innovator Of The Year crowdfunds £46,000 in 24 hours

Founder and CEO of Clear Returns Brock was named Innovator of the Year at the 2014 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards on Wednesday.

On the same day, she raised £46k for her business when she launched her crowdfunding pitch on Angels Den.

Brock said: “When the crowdfunding pitch went live it was incredibly exciting to see more than £46k of pledges come in on the first day.

“And at the exact same time, I was named Technology Innovator of the Year at the Everywoman Awards.

“So an award, investment and really positive exposure for Clear Returns all in one day. Fantastic!”

Clear Returns is a Glasgow-based technology company that helps retailers cut the cost of online returns through predictive analytics software. Having already raised 92% of their funding target from 5 investors online, Brock hopes to raise the full £50,000 before the pitch closes on Monday, March 24.

Brock added: “I was keen for Clear Returns to work with Angels Den, having pitched at Tech Club and found it a really constructive experience. So when they suggested the crowdfunding platform to me, it seemed like an ideal way to bring together a lot of positive interest.”

Bill Morrow, the founder of Angels Den, said: “Vicky is one of those entrepreneurs who has an infectious passion for what she does, something that woman are so much better at displaying than men.

“In our seven years of experience fewer women than men go looking for funding, but when they do they are disproportionately successful as displayed by Vicky’s stellar performance at our TechClub.

“Pitching is never easy. Our 10-minute presentation to a room of accredited friendly investors is aimed at bringing out the real person behind the deal. If you want more than just the money, and can see the benefit of having experienced entrepreneurs invest in you and who will give you their time/contacts and mentorship, you must be ready to stand up and be real.”