Final call for Female High Fliers accelerator – €50k investment potential

20 Mar 2015

Winners Aoibheann Daly (left) and CEO Emer Daly (right) of FabAllThings, with Shay Garvey of Frontline Ventures

Female-led start-ups have been reminded that the final call for the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs’ Female High Fliers accelerator has been made.

Last year’s winner was Love & Robots, which won the overall title and €50,000 investment for its innovative business. 

The programme aims to address challenges facing female entrepreneurs of early stage businesses and help develop key business skills, achieve scale and create employment.

On completion of the 13 week Female High Fliers Programme, participants will take part in a showcase event day at which each company will pitch to a network of investors, mentors and corporates.

Female High Fliers is open to female founders of Irish or international startups less than 5 years old. All companies must be led by women and will be selected on the basis of their growth and export potential as well as team strength. To learn more go here

“We ran a hugely successful progamme last year with 12 young businesses chosen from 135 quality applications,” said Niamh Collins, chief of operations at DCU Ryan Academy.

“All of these businesses left with a better understanding of themselves and the skills they needed to achieve their full potential plus the knowledge and tools needed to create exceptional business models. I would encourage any female-led business out there, less than five years old and interested in fast-tracking their business, to get in touch with us before 31 March.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years