DCU Ryan Academy launches women only accelerator programme

By: January 17, 2014
Pictured (l to r) are: Lisa Harlow, Intel; Jean O’Sullivan, Enterprise Ireland; Ann Horan, CEO, Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs; Claire Reynolds, Vodafone Ireland and Jordan Campbell, The Ireland Funds Pictured (l to r) are: Lisa Harlow, Intel; Jean O’Sullivan, Enterprise Ireland; Ann Horan, CEO, Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs; Claire Reynolds, Vodafone Ireland and Jordan Campbell, The Ireland Funds

The DCU Ryan Academy for entrepreneurs has launched a women only accelerator programme.

The Ryan Academy is now actively looking for “10 women-led start-ups to help fast-track their businesses, develop leadership skills, achieve scale and create employment”.

The Academy says female entrepreneurs face a number of challenges including lack of role models, low self-confidence, low levels of risk-taking, lack of technical expertise and limited access to appropriate networking opportunities.

“We must give [women] a better understanding of themselves and the skills needed to achieve their full potential plus the knowledge and tools to create exceptional business models,” says Ann Horan, CEO of DCU Ryan Academy.

How to apply
The Female Propeller for High Fliers is open to female founders of Irish or international start-ups less than five years old. All companies must be led by women.

Applications should be submitted no later than Monday, 27th January at 5pm.