Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Female Founders

Some of the most successful women in tech were in Dublin  to attend the Female Founders Forum, organised by Silicon Republic, Ireland’s leading technology news site.

The Forum took place from 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin 8.  It will focus on the future of investment in female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland.  After the Forum, a special reception celebrating 100 Top Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) will take place at the Storehouse, commencing at 6pm

Keynote addresses at the Female Founders Forum will be delivered by:

·         Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the software platform that has raised a total of US$200 million in funding, with the most recent funding round valuating the company at US$1 billion; and
·         Anne Ravanona, founder and CEO of Global Invest Her, which focuses on getting women entrepreneurs funded faster and increasing gender diversity at work.

Other speakers will include:

·         Sonya Lennon, co-founder of Frockadvisor.
·         GrĂ¡inne Barron, CEO and founder of Viddyad.
·         Lenora O’Brien, founder of Pharmapod.
·         Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland.
·         Dr. Helen McBreen, NDRC Investment Committee.
·         John O’Sullivan, Director, ACT Venture Capital.
·         Geraldine McCarthy, Online Sales and Operations, Dropbox.
·         Ena Prosser, Partner, Fountain Healthcare Partners.
·         John Kenny, Delta Partners (London).

Guests at the evening reception to celebrate 100 Top Women in STEM will include: Bethany Mayer, one of the most senior figures in HP’s global operations, and founder of the Women’s Innovation Council in the US, who will address attendees, as well as Louise Phelan, Vice-President at PayPal; Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland; Anne Kelleher, Vice-President at Intel; and many of the other women included on Silicon Republic’s recently-published list of 100 top women in STEM.

Speaking in advance of both events, Ann O’Dea, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, said: “Women are significantly under-represented throughout the global tech industry.  In Ireland, it’s thought that only about 25 per cent of those working in research, tech and science are women.  And that falls to single figures when it comes to certain roles, such as developers and programmers.

“However, Ireland is small enough, nimble enough and flexible enough to make change quickly.   I believe we could lead the way in ensuring gender equality in tech and the wider STEM sectors.  Tomorrow’s events will be addressing this topic, as well as celebrating the fantastic achievements of women already working in STEM, and encouraging the investment community to pay more attention to female-led start-ups.”