Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Off the Rails' stars share in €600,000 grant

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

AN ONLINE shopping service founded by the stars of RTE's 'Off the Rails' is just one of twelve female-led companies to secure an average of €50,000 each from Enterprise Ireland.

The businesses have been awarded a total of €600,000 under a government fund targeting women entrepreneurs.

Frockadvisor, founded by stylists and RTE stars Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney (pictured) is just one of the recipients. Dublin-based Frockadvisor, founded shortly after the pair launched their clothing line LennonCourtney, gives independent retailers an online platform to provide a personalised service to shoppers.

Other grant recipients include jewellery company Coldlilies; medical technology businesses Medxnote; Idoneus Medical Services and Dia Nia Technologies, and design marketplace Fab Studio.

The others are small business software provider Cloud KPI; digital textbook company Apperbook; web-based exam provider Test Reach; business diagnostics tool Market Finder and two others, Vac Travel and It's Beside You.

There was a 100pc increase in the number of female-led high potential start-ups in 2013, Enterprise Ireland said.

The grant body is also launching an online networking site aimed at connecting female entrepreneurs.

Irish Independent

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