Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Global Stars to Descend on Dublin to Discuss Women in Tech

Some of the most successful women in tech will be in Dublin next Monday, 30thJune 2014, to attend the Female Founders Forum, organised by Silicon Republic, Ireland’s leading technology news site.

The Forum will take place from 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin 8.  It will focus on the future of investment in female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland.  After the Forum, a special reception celebrating 100 Top Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) will take place at the Storehouse, commencing at 6pm

Speaking in advance of both events, Ann O’Dea, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, said: “The role of women in the tech sector is a huge issue globally.  International research shows women-led tech companies are more successful than those led by men, achieving 35 per cent higher return on investment.  Despite this, women are still under-represented in tech, and there’s a perception that the sector isn’t female-friendly.

“At the same time, some of the most successful start-ups of recent years – such as Eventbrite and, closer to home, Viddyad and Pharmapod – have been founded and are led by women.  Our events next week are focused on highlighting the immense contribution women are making to tech and the sciences in Ireland and further afield.  We want investors to realise that backing women-led start-ups pays off, and we also want more young women to consider the opportunities offered by careers in STEM.” 

Keynote addresses at Silicon Republic’s Female Founders Forum will be delivered by:

·         Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the software platform that has raised a total of US$200 million in funding, with the most recent funding round valuating the company at US$1 billion; and
·         Anne Ravanona, founder and CEO of Global Invest Her, which focuses on getting women entrepreneurs funded faster and increasing gender diversity at work.

Other speakers will include:

·         Sonya Lennon, co-founder of Frockadvisor.
·         GrĂ¡inne Barron, CEO and founder of Viddyad.
·         Lenora O’Brien, founder of Pharmapod.
·         Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland.
·         Dr. Helen McBreen, NDRC Investment Committee.
·         John O’Sullivan, Director, ACT Venture Capital.
·         Geraldine McCarthy, Online Sales and Operations, Dropbox.
·         Ena Prosser, Partner, Fountain Healthcare Partners.
·         John Kenny, Delta Partners (London).

Guests at the evening reception to celebrate 100 Top Women in STEM will include: Bethany Mayer, one of the most senior figures in HP’s global operations, who will address attendees, as well as Louise Phelan, Vice-President at PayPal;Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland; Anne Kelleher, Vice-President at Intel; and many of the other women included on Silicon Republic’s recently-published list of 100 top women in STEM.

Tickets for Silicon Republic’s Female Founders Forum sold out, but a limited number of tickets have been added, priced at €125, and available at  The evening reception to celebrate 100 Top Women in STEM is invite-only.  Media are welcome to attend both events, but must register in advance (to register, contact DHR Communications using the contact details below).