Thursday 13 December 2018

Showcase: Female migrant entrepreneurs behind start-ups

Success: Ana Rodrigues of Bespoke Cake Toppers at the showcase. Photo: Mark Condren
Success: Ana Rodrigues of Bespoke Cake Toppers at the showcase. Photo: Mark Condren
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

From artisan vegan cheese to pet hostels and pharmaceuticals, migrant women behind start-ups have showcased their business ideas.

The entrepreneurs - originally from a range of countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, China, Mauritius, Colombia and Mexico - have graduated from a tailored entrepreneurship programme run by DCU Ryan Academy in partnership with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).

Broadcaster and businesswoman Norah Casey, Áine Mulloy of GirlCrew, and social entrepreneur Deborah Somorin spoke at the event at Huckletree D2, Dublin.

Aoife Smith, of MRCI, said: "Migrant women entrepreneurs face huge barriers in Ireland, from restrictive immigration rules, the lack of access to Irish business networks to racism and discrimination. For almost two decades, MRCI has been working with migrant women, many of whom ran successful businesses before coming to Ireland, but ended up on low paid employment here."

Irish Independent

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