Ryan Academy Searching For Female StartUps

15 Jul 2016 | 03.32 pm

Ryan Academy Searching For Female StartUps

University provides mentoring and expertise to grow business

15 Jul 2016 | 03.32 pm

DCU Ryan Academy is looking for Ireland’s female led startups for their Female High Fliers programme, which commences this September at Citywest. This will be the third year of the programme, which received an ‘Internationally Recognised Best Practice in Women’s Entrepreneurship’ award by the European Training Foundation in 2015.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Female High Fliers programme equips participants with the information, guidance and tools to turn their ideas into a profitable business. It is the first accelerator programme designed exclusively for start-ups founded and run by female entrepreneurs. There are only 10 places available on the programme, which attracts hundreds of applicants since it launch in 2014.

Niamh Collins (pictured), the Academy’s COO, commented:  “The Female High Fliers programme responds specifically to the challenges facing female founded startups. Research has shown that while female led start-ups excel to a far greater level than their male counterparts, in many areas, including tech, they are still less likely to receive investment. Also, and perhaps most worryingly females are more risk averse than their male peers.”

All successful applicants will work with business experts at the Ryan Academy for one full day per week, for 13 weeks, which will involve pitching to mentor panels, 10 customer interviews per week and online tutorials. Participants will then pitch to a panel of investors at the end of the programme.

The closing date for application is Thursday, August 11th.

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