Leading women in technology will be visiting Dublin next week to discuss their role in the sector and the future investment in female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland. The Female Founders Forum, organised by Silicon Republic, will take place on Monday 30th June 2014 at 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St. James’ Gate Brewery, Dublin 8.
Speaking about the event, Ann O’Dea, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, said: “The role of women in the tech sector is a huge issue globally. International research shows women-led tech companies are more successful than those led by men, achieving 35 per cent higher return on investment. Despite this, women are still under-represented in tech, and there’s a perception that the sector isn’t female-friendly.”
“At the same time, some of the most successful start-ups of recent years – such as Eventbrite and, closer to home, Viddyad and Pharmapod – have been founded and are led by women. Our events next week are focused on highlighting the immense contribution women are making to tech and the sciences in Ireland and further afield. We want investors to realise that backing women-led start-ups pays off, and we also want more young women to consider the opportunities offered by careers in STEM.”, she added
Irish Computer Society CEO Jim Friars believes women in technology should be recognised more for their successes: “This event recognises successful women in the tech sector who set an example for young people.”
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the software platform that has raised a total of 200 million dollars in funding, with the most recent funding round valuating the company at 1 billion dollars and Anne Ravanona, founder and CEO of Global Invest Her, which focuses on getting women entrepreneurs funded faster and increasing gender diversity at work.
Tickets for the event are sold out, but a limited number have been added, priced at €125, and are available here.