The team of ambassadors from Central Dublin Business Women Can held the first event of 2016 on 3rd March in Dogpatch Labs in CHQ. Hosted by Margaret Brett, Sinead Ryan and Cathy Murphy from College Green Business Centre, the event was entitled Participation of Women in Technology & Start-Ups personal and professional insights from Business Women Leaders.
Ulster Bank partnered with legal firm Philip Lee for the event, which was at full capacity. Our three speakers for the event shared their own experiences and provided some inspirational words of wisdom to the audience.
Niamh Bushnell, Dublin’s first Commissioner for Start-ups, gave a really interesting overview of her personal experiences, as an entrepreneur and owner of start-up businesses. Niamh talked about her new role as Start-up Commissioner, where she is working with Dublin City Council, Enterprise Ireland, Dublin’s universities and Local Enterprise Offices to promote and maximise the potential of the city’s start-up ecosystem. Niamh spoke about her mission to develop a voice, an image and a platform for Dublin as a great start-up city, nationally and internationally. She advised the audience to think about how you can proactively network to build your own and your companies’ brand.
Not Going the Normal Route
Helen Flynn is the Co-founder and CTO of KonnectAgain. Helen talked about her journey from her final years in University College Cork, graduating with a Business Information System degree in 2013. She described the realisation that the normal route of work wasn’t for her. Having previously created an application which allowed universities to connect their alumni, she talked about the evolution of KonnectAgain and realisation that she and her co-founder could develop a more commercial offering, used to connect ex-employees back with their companies around the world. She has gone on to raise money from some amazing angel investor and Enterprise Ireland, grow its team to 9 people in 2 offices, Dublin and San Francisco.
She described how they turned down some funding and business opportunities, because they felt they weren’t right for their business. Helen spoke very passionately about the need to find strong mentors and the tenacity she and her business partner displayed to get the right funding. Helen’s advice to the audience was to find the thing you are passionate about, and success will follow.
Our final speaker for the event was Majella Crennan. Majella is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Department of Philip Lee. Majella focused on very practical advice for those in Start-ups and technology businesses regarding Data Protection and particularly requirements for those gathering customer data. Majella gave a very entertaining overview of the key issues and areas of compliance, as well as upcoming changes in Data Protection legislation.