Female entrepreneurs in Ireland invited to take flight-  Ryan Academy programme tackles female start-up challenges

 DCU Ryan Academy invites female entrepreneurs to participate in The High Fliers Programme, a series of workshops and networking opportunities designed to address the gap between the rate of female and male start-ups in Ireland.  Key challenges for women entrepreneurs have been identified as lack of self-belief, developing an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to pitch and influence.

In response to these needs, DCU Ryan Academy has developed three targeted workshops, to be delivered by highly-regarded management coach, Struan Robertson.  Each will address challenges head-on in an interactive and fun environment, challenging, inspiring and motivating participants to realise their full business potential.

The programme is tailored to suit the needs of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, enterprising students and intrapreneurial employees.


19th February                                Be the Best You!

Improve your tenacity, self-belief and resilience.  Be inspired to maximise your performance and operate at 10/10.

6th March                          Think Like an Entrepreneur

Learn how to see opportunities, not problems.  Rediscover your natural curiosity and creativity and open up a whole new world of opportunity.


20th March                       Be a Woman of Influence

Learn how to challenge the way you communicate, forever.  Find out how you can make a massive impact and be really influential in meetings or when pitching your business.


Launching The High Fliers Programme at Weston Airport, Chief Executive of DCU Ryan Academy, Ann Horan said,


“I have been CEO of the Academy for 4 years and in that time I have been increasingly struck by the needs of female entrepreneurs, which are different to their male counterparts.  In Ireland, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report shows that men are 2.5 times more likely than women to set up their own business and in so doing, they are 9 times more likely than their female counterparts to have ambitions to set up a business of scale.  We have so many bright young female graduates from our universities and it is a missed opportunity if they are not to become the entrepreneurs and CEOs of the future.  We plan to use the High Fliers Programme as a launch-pad to establish further programmes to nurture those female entrepreneurs with start-up ideas and create a fund to invest in and accelerate the early growth phase of their companies.”


The High Fliers Programme is supported by The Ireland Funds, Intel, Vodafone Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.


Jordan Campbell, The Ireland Funds

“Female entrepreneurship has tremendous potential to create jobs and contribute to economic growth in Ireland. The Ireland Funds are delighted to support its development through The Amelia Earhart Programme, which challenges and inspires women to realise their potential as entrepreneurs and influencers in business.”


Lisa Harlow, Intel

“Women play a fundamental role in our modern society bringing a diversity of experiences, identities and situations and providing them with targeted supports that encourage their equal participation is crucial. This programme, which specifically gives females a platform to develop their entrepreneurial skills, is a fantastic initiative and one which Intel is delighted to be a part of.”


Claire Reynolds, Vodafone Ireland

“Vodafone Ireland is delighted to support The Amelia Earhart Programme – we are very passionate about startups and helping their businesses to progress, especially in the area of female entrepreneurship, where there has been significant growth in Ireland – the programme provides an innovative way of providing female entrepreneurs with the inspiration and confidence to take that first professional leap into entrepreneurship.”


Julie Sinnamon, Executive Director of Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland

“Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support this exciting new DCU initiative for female entrepreneurs.   Encouraging more women to get involved in starting international businesses is a priority for Enterprise Ireland.  Programmes like this can be inspirational in raising awareness around female entrepreneurship in Ireland and encouraging many more women to start their own business,”


The series of workshops will be hosted in DCU Ryan Academy and an early bird rate is available until Friday 8th February.  For further information, visit www.ryanacademy.ie.