Thursday 22 February 2018

Female Founders Forum: World's top tech women descend on Dublin

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

SOME of the world’s leading women in the tech arena are in Dublin today, to discuss the future of female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland.

Amongst those attending the Silicon Republic’s Female Founders Forum (STEM) at the Guinness Storehouse will be Julia Hartz – co-founder and President of Eventbrite – the software platform that has raised US$200m in funding and who recently made Fortune’s list of Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs.

Hartz will be delivering a keynote address, alongside Global Invest Her founder, Anne Ravanona.

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamo, Dr Helen McBreen, venture leader at the National Development Research Centre, Geraldine MacCarthy, online sales and operations at Dropbox and Sonya Lennon, co-founder of Frockadvisor will also be there.

Ann O'Dea, CEO and editor-at-large of Silicon Republic, said the role of women in the tech sector is a huge issue around the world, with international research showing women-led tech companies are more successful than those led by men.

"Despite this, women are still under-represented in tech, and there's a perception that the sector isn't female-friendly," she said.

Sonya Lennon
Leonora O'Brien, Pharmapod CEO, photographed on Saturday, 18 May 2013. Photography by Brendan Duffy.
Silicon's Republic's Ann O'Dea
Louise Phelan
New Intel vice presidetn Ann Kelleher.
Regina Moran CEO of Fujitsu Ireland who has recently been appointed President of Engineers Ireland at the Airside Offices.

"We want investors to realise that backing women-led start-ups pays off, and we also want more young women to consider the opportunities offered by careers in STEM."

Guests at the invitation-only evening reception to celebrate 100 Top Women in STEM include Bethany Mayer, HP's senior vice-president and general manager of Network Functions Virtualisation Business.

Louise Phelan, PayPal's vice-president of global operations for EMEA; Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland; Ann Kelleher, vice-president of Intel's technology and manufacturing group and co-general manager of Fab/Sort Manufacturing; and many of the other women included on Silicon Republic's 100 Top Women in STEM will also attend the reception.

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