Dr Carol Gibbons tells the Inspirefest audience that Enterprise Ireland is moving in the right direction when it comes to supporting women-led start-ups.

Out of 128 start-ups that joined Enterprise Ireland’s programmes last year, 63 were women-led businesses, said Dr Carol Gibbons, director of ICT programmes at the State agency, to the audience at Inspirefest 2017.

This is up from 43 women-led start-ups in 2014, and an increase on the overall total of 104 companies that same year.

“We did it. How? If there was a lack of role models, we brought them. If there was a lack of networks, we created networks. If there was a lack of ambition, we pushed forward and asked for that investment that you know will make a difference,” Gibbons said.

Words by John Kennedy