Cameron Graham, CEO and founder of StoriiCare, has won the first fully funded place on We Are The Future’s 2017 Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme
A Scottish entrepreneur whose disruptive care home software is helping people with dementia has become Scotland’s only tech firm to land a place on We Are The Future’s 2017 Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme.
Cameron Graham, who is the CEO and founder of StoriiCare, an innovative care sector platform described as ‘the Facebook for care’, has won a fully funded trip to San Francisco following a successful pitch to a panel of judges which included head of IBM Ventures Deborah Magid, Scottish Investment Bank CEO Kerry Sharp, Rocketspace founder Duncan Logan, and Scott Abrahams, head of A&E Payments at Mastercard.
Graham, who started coding as a teenager and made his first £10k by the age of 16, will be flown off for a week-long trip to Silicon Valley in April to help boost his business.
He is currently the only Scottish entrepreneur set to embark on the trip and will join five others who are yet to be selected from across the UK.
Graham said: “I’m ecstatic to have won a place on the Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme; it couldn’t have come at a better time for us.
“I’m hoping to learn from the global ecosystem and see how things are done out there. I’d also like to chance my arm and see if I could pitch to influential investors.
“It will be good to put Scotland on the map for both care and tech and get the chance to meet a few people I have really looked up to in the start-up world.
“Above all, it will really benefit our business to target investment, raise brand awareness and build contacts.
“I’m hoping to take the whole team out to Silicon Valley to experience the tech start-up ecosystem when I have the cash!”
Bruce Walker, founder and CEO of Edinburgh-based We Are The Future, will jet off to Silicon Valley with Cameron and the five other winning tech entrepreneurs, who will be selected either through partner organisations or following submission of their applications for review.
This will be Walker’s fourth Accelerate trip to Silicon Valley after running the programme for the last three years.
He said: “Cameron did a fantastic job to win the first place on the programme – battling his way through the various rounds of applications and pitches to finally present to nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs in the room and an illustrious panel of judges. That’s not an easy task.
“I’m really excited that Cameron is joining us on the programme and look forward to helping him on his journey.”
As part of the programme, Graham will be introduced to the Silicon Valley ecosystem, meet with world leading accelerators and have access to high profile investors, as well as insight into some of the most successful tech companies in the world.
Graham will benefit from a wide range of opportunities and support, including mentors from the SendGrid Accelerate Programme and IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme, as well as a high-growth tech advisor from KPMG.
We Are The Future is a global entrepreneurship programme which, each year, launches a search to find the UK’s very best technology entrepreneurs to take them to Silicon Valley and meet some of the world’s tech giants.