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November 18, 2015

Demystifying the Dark Art of Funding

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“One of the biggest challenges for female entrepreneurs at early-stage business is access to funding, with men 70% more likely to gain access to funding than women”.

DCU Ryan Academy, in partnership with Global Invest Her, aims to demystify the process and help Irish women entrepreneurs become investor ready and get funded faster. This event will take place in the DCU Ryan Academy on Thursday 26th November and is supported by the Welcome Project.

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Participants will gain high value, practical insights and tips about how to look for funding whilst been given an opportunity to network. Successful female founders, Leonora O’Brien of Pharmapod and Helen Flynn of Konnect Again, will share their funding journeys while a panel of investors who fund early stage start-ups will be on hand to advise  on what they look for and how best to approach them.

Supported by Startup Europe, the event also marks the launch of Global Invest Her in Ireland and will provide a live experience of what members will be able to do on the portal itself.

Key speakers:

  • Anne Ravanona, CEO, Global Invest Her
  • Leonora O’Brien, Founder & CEO of Pharmapod
  • Helen Flynn, CTO & Co-Founder of KonnectAgain
  • Brian Caulfield, Partner, Draper Esprit
  • Debbie Rennick, Director, ACT Venture Capital
  • Ian Lucey, Director& Investor, Lucey Fund
  • Mary McKenna, Angel Investor & Board Member of IIBN
  • Sarita Johnston, Manager Female Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland
  • Niamh Collins, COO, DCU Ryan Academy & Manager of Female High Fliers Programme


Morning: 9:00 – 12:00

  • 9:00 – 10:00   Registration & Networking
  • 10:00-12:00:
    • Introduction to Global Invest Her, Jargon Buster
    • Real Funding Journeys of Leonora O’Brien & Helen Flynn
    • Live Q&A session with each Entrepreneur
  • 12:45-13:30:  Lunch and Networking

Afternoon: 13:30 – 16:00

  • What Investors are Looking For – Investor Panel & Q&A
  • What more do I want to know about Funding? interactive session
  • Enterprise Ireland supports for Female Founders – Sarita Johnston
  • Competition results
  • Announcement – Female High Fliers Programme 2016 – Niamh Collins, DCU Ryan Academy
  • 16:00 – End of Event

Places are limited to 100 people so Register now, so as not to be disappointed!

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