Tuesday 23 October 2018

Are you Ireland's top female entrepreneur? Applications open for High Fliers accelerator

GirlCrew co-founders Pamela Newenham, Aine Mulloy and Elva Carri
GirlCrew co-founders Pamela Newenham, Aine Mulloy and Elva Carri
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Ireland's ambitious female entrepreneurs are being encouraged to apply for a place on Dublin City University’s prestigious Female High Fliers accelerator.

The 13-week tailored programme, run by the DCU Ryan Academy, attracts around 130 of the country's most promising female-led startups every year.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the accelerator helps these businesswomen develop their leadership skills and scale up their company quickly.

"Having designed and delivered this programme for the past four years, we understand the specific challenges facing female-led startups in Ireland today and recognise the frequently under-supported opportunity they present," Niamh Collins, Programme Director & DCU Ryan Academy COO, said.

"We have a proven track record in supporting these businesses achieve their objectives and deliver tangible results."

Ten selected participants on this year's programme will have access to networks for startup founders and experienced entrepreneurs. They will also address their ambitions and challenges through a weekly workshop, and their business plans will be challenged through pitching opportunities with potential investors.

"We have managed to create an alumni network so that each participant will have an opportunity to create powerful and long lasting relationships with like-minded people, with whom they can share valuable lessons along their start-up journey," said Ms Collins.

Previous graduates from Female High Flier include GirlCrew's Pamela Newenham, Ciara Garvin, the founder of Work Juggle (2017) and founder and CEO of Theya Healthcare Ciara Donlon.

Applications are now being accepted from female founders or co-founders of Irish startups less than five years old.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday January, 23, 2018. For further information visit http://ryanacademy.ie/portfolio/female-high-fliers/

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