DCU Wants Top Female Entrepreneurs

16th December 2015

Posted In: FYI

The DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs has issued a call to female-led startups nationwide to apply for its Female High Fliers Programme 2016

The 12-week accelerator programme aims to address challenges facing female entrepreneurs across all industries and support Ireland’s top early stage startups in fast tracking their business to achieve scale and create employment.

Due to increased demand, 20 companies in total will be selected for the 2016 programme, double that of previous years. Each company will work with the DCU Ryan Academy and panels of experienced mentors through a series of practical workshops and tailored training sessions. On completion of the programme, participants will take part in a showcase event day at which they will pitch to a network of investors, mentors and corporates.

Niamh Collins, DCU Ryan Academy Chief Operations Officer, commented, “The accelerator programme has gone from strength-to-strength over the past two years and we are delighted to be in a position to support double the amount of companies in the forthcoming year. We have been part of an incredible journey for so many businesses in the past and we look forward to working closely with those selected this year to further develop their skills and business understanding in order to take them to the next stage of development.”

The Female High Fliers programme was officially launched in 2014 and provides a range of supports specifically targeted at women-owned businesses including training, mentoring, and networking designed to help these businesses flourish. It is open to female founders of Irish or international startups less than five years old. All companies must be female-led and will be selected on the basis of their growth and export potential as well as business idea and team strength.

For further information visit www.ryanacademy.ie