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DCU Ryan Academy showcases Female High Fliers

DCU Ryan Academy showcases Female High Fliers start-ups

The ten start-ups from the Spring 2016 Female High Fliers programme completed their final showcase event at the DCU Ryan Academy, Citywest when they presented to a network of investors and entrepreneurs on Thursday, June 2nd.

Start-ups with products in digital, science, security systems, beauty and food presented their company to potential investors and entrepreneurs at the event attended by the Commissioner for Start-Ups Niamh Bushnell.

Female High Fliers is a 12-week programme which aims to address challenges facing female entrepreneurs across all industries and support Ireland’s leading early stage start-ups in fast tracking their business to achieve scale and create employment. Applications are now invited for the Autumn intake of the Female High Fliers programme. Each selected company works with the DCU Ryan Academy and panels of experienced mentors through a series of practical workshops and tailored training sessions.

Commenting at the Female High Fliers Showcase,Commissioner for Start-Ups Niamh Bushnell said: “I'm delighted to support the Ryan Academy's Female High Fliers programme. These women are ambitious, tenacious, creative and confident risk takers. These qualities along with the support of a great programme like this, ensures that they're set up to succeed.”

Speaking about the Female High Fliers Programme Chief Operating Officer, DCU Ryan Academy Niamh Collins said: “Supporting female entrepreneurs is not just a good thing to do - it's the smart thing to do. DCU Ryan Academy has established a fantastic programme for female founders of innovative start-ups that have proven there is huge talent in Ireland that hasn't found a home in other start-up programmes.

We are delighted to continue to work with Enterprise Ireland to find Ireland's next cohort of amazing entrepreneurs and businesses that are female-led.” ENDS Notes to editors: Female High Fliers Showcase Day, June 2nd, DCU Ryan Academy Check out the Ryan Academy for more information on Female High Fliers

The Spring 2016 Female High Fliers were as follows:

Colourstick Lizzie Distributors is an energetic and dynamic Irish company which specializes in the creation, sale and distribution of new hair care products. Colourstick is a root touch up for covering grey roots and is stocked in Pharmacies Nationwide and available online at Programme Participant: Jenny Tully

Cook It Kids is an online e-commerce platform that offers subscription based family meal kits that help to teach kids to cook and information on cooking, food and nutrition for kids and families. Programme Participant: Jillian Stout

Cyc-Lok Ltd is an Irish company established in 2014 to develop a Europe-wide and, later, global network of secure bicycle parking facilities in response to the dramatic surge in cycling for recreation and especially for transport in urban commuter zones. Cyc-Lok will be the first product to market with a publicly accessible, real-time app-based, pay for use locker designed uniquely for cyclists. Programme Participant: Louise Murphy

EC Charging is Ireland’s only electric vehicle (EV) charging station manufacturer specialising in the development of advance EV charging solutions. Programme Participant: Theresa Keady

Elaine Madigan Cashmere offers luxury high end garments, which have been designed and manufactured exclusively in Ireland. Elaine designs the collections and manufacturers the garments at her studio and through outsourcing within Ireland. Her collections are available at her retail store in Naas, Co Kildare. Programme Participant: Elaine Madigan

GirlCrew GirlCrew is an online and offline community for women to make new friends, expand their professional network, and share advice, support and local knowledge. With almost 25,000 members in 44 cities worldwide including Dublin, New York, Melbourne, Toronto, San Francisco, Glasgow and Brussels. Programme Participant: Pamela Newenham

Aroma Bump are 100% natural body products that address common discomforts that women can face in pregnancy. The products include bath and massage oils, body balms and body bars and are formulated using plant oils and butters, which are organic. Programme Participant: Lisa Heeney

SciencePOD is Science Prose On-Demand and is a content creation platform designed to help raise the profile of its clients. The platform relies on narrative approaches to turn complex scientific, medical and technological concepts into compelling stories produced in accessible language. Programme Participant: Sabine Louét

VideoDoc is a web portal and mobile application that allows doctors and patients to connect. The VideoDoc has been created by clinicians for clinicians, built with the support of a leading telecommunications partner, with the ability to deliver the right solutions to doctors and patients. Programme Participant: Mary O’Brien

SAXA is a Fashion Portal providing women around the world with the ultimate style-fix through an exclusive range of high-end ethical made design. SAXA work with ethical designers committed to providing high quality products that privilege craft, with transparent and responsible production. Programme Participant: Valeryana Allemand

3rd June, 2016