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'High Fliers' at DCU targets female entrepreneurs

'High Fliers' at DCU targets female entrepreneurs

'High Fliers' at DCU targets female entrepreneurs

Lisa Harlow, Intel; Claire Reynolds, Vodafone Ireland; Jean OSullivan, Enterprise Ireland; Ann Horan, CEO, Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs; Jordan Campbell, The Ireland Funds

DCU Ryan Academy is starting a programme called The High Fliers aimed at addressing the gap between the rate of male and female start-ups in Ireland.

Key challenges for women entrepreneurs have been identified as lack of self-belief, developing an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to pitch and influence.

In response to these needs, DCU Ryan Academy has developed three targeted workshops, to be delivered by management coach Struan Robertson. 

The programme is tailored to suit the needs of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, enterprising students and intra-preneurial employees.

“I have been CEO of the academy for four years and in that time I have been increasingly struck by the needs of female entrepreneurs, which are different to their male counterparts,” said chief executive of DCU Ryan Academy Ann Horan.

Men 2.5 times more likely to start a business

“In Ireland, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report shows that men are 2.5 times more likely than women to set up their own business and in so doing, they are nine times more likely than their female counterparts to have ambitions to set up a business of scale.  

“We have so many bright young female graduates from our universities and it is a missed opportunity if they are not to become the entrepreneurs and CEOs of the future.  We plan to use the High Fliers Programme as a launch-pad to establish further programmes to nurture those female entrepreneurs with start-up ideas and create a fund to invest in and accelerate the early growth phase of their companies.”

The High Fliers Programme is supported by The Ireland Funds, Intel, Vodafone Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

The workshops are on 19 February, 6 March and 20 March. More information can be found here.