Candace Widdoes

Chief Operating Officer, Plug and Play

Candace is the COO at Plug and Play, responsible for overseeing, defining, and executing strategic partnerships and accelerator programs worldwide. Candace is a founder of Plug and Play’s corporate program and has grown it from zero to 280+ corporate partners. The corporate program has become an integral part of Plug and Play’s business model and investment strategy.

Her initiatives at Plug and Play include co-developing and running over a dozen themed accelerators worldwide, including the Internet of Things, Mobility, Brand & Retail, FinTech, Insurance, Supply Chain, Startup Autobahn (Stuttgart, Germany), Fashion for Good (Amsterdam) and others.

Prior to Plug and Play, Candace worked in the financial services industry as a broker, mutual fund wholesaler, and loan counselor. She has previously held Series 7, 63, and 66 certifications for her roles at Charles Schwab and Old Mutual. Candace holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.