Irish Women In Euro Top 50
16th February 2015
Two Irish women, Elaine Coughlan and Louise O’Sullivan, have been named on Inspiring Fifty’s list of the ‘most inspiring women in European technology’.
This list was compiled to highlight talent across every country in Europe as Inspiring Fifty is a pan-European programme that ‘identifies, encourages, develops and showcases women in leadership positions within the technology sector’. In the final 50, 16 countries were represented: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.
Elaine Coughlan (pictured) is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Atlantic Bridge Capital, a technology fund providing growth equity and expansion capital to technology businesses in Ireland, Europe and the US. Atlantic Bridge is headquartered in Dublin with offices and staff in London, Palo Alto, Beijing & Hong Kong with over €250 million of assets under management. She also spoke at the WMB Conference & Awards 2014 and was very warmly received.
Louise O’Sullivan is CEO at ANAM Technologies Ltd, which she founded in 1999. Anam Technologies is a technology provider of mobile messaging solutions. Louise left Anam in 2003 to start her family and in 2012 she returned to lead a major restructuring of the company. In the years out of Telecoms Louise also set up and ran a restaurant, a music business and a media company.
This list includes some well known tech giants such as Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter, Chair of British Fashion Council; Martha Lane Fox, Co-founder of lastminute.com, UK Digital Champion, cross-bench peer at House of Lords; and Neelie Kroes, Netherlands Special Envoy for Startups and the former Vice President of the European Commission. Elaine and Louise are in excellent company it seems.