Julie Sinnamon tells John Kennedy of her ambition to see women entrepreneurs make up 50pc of HPSU founders.

Last year, 35pc of all high-potential start-ups (HPSUs) backed by Enterprise Ireland were women-led. For CEO Julie Sinnamon, this is not enough.

Sinnamon was speaking with Siliconrepublic.com at Enterprise Ireland’s annual Start-up Showcase in Croke Park recently, where it was revealed that about €31m was invested in Irish start-ups in 2017.

181 promising start-ups received support from Enterprise Ireland, out of which 55pc were from outside of Dublin.

“Many people are holding their breath, saying that the job is done. The job is not done. The key thing is that we keep that momentum going. I see the 50pc as a figure that is on my horizon and above it. So, to me, it is a work in progress and we look forward to attracting more female founders to work with them to grow.”


Words by John Kennedy