Candace Widdoes Plug and Play

Candace Widdoes

Chief Operating Officer

Candace is the COO at Plug and Play, responsible for overseeing, defining, and executing strategic partnerships and accelerator programs worldwide. Candace is one of the founders of Plug and Play’s themed innovation platforms and has grown the programs from zero to 130+ corporate partners.


Her initiatives at Plug and Play include developing and running over a dozen themed accelerators worldwide, including the Internet of Things, Mobility, Brand & Retail, FinTech, Insurance, Startup Autobahn (in collaboration with Daimler in Stuttgart), 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.