Dell has today announced that it is bringing its Women Funding Women global tour to Dublin on the 6th February in order to shine a spotlight on the investments made in women-led companies. The aim is to encourage greater access to venture capital funding and to fuel the scale-up success of female entrepreneurs in Ireland.

A key element of Dell Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (DWEN), the Women Funding Women event will bring together over 100 investors, innovators and influencers in Dublin to create new connections that can increase the representation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs within Ireland’s ecosystem.

Last year Dublin ranked 34th out of a total of 50 cities on the annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities Index, with access to capital one of the main barriers identified to foster the growth of women-led businesses

Delivered in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, the Women Funding Women event will feature Anita Finnegan, the founder of Dundalk-headquartered cybersecurity start-up Nova Leah, and a leading investor behind the company’s recent €2.25m funding round Jayne Brady, Partner of Kernel Capital.

Ingrid Devlin, Director of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, said: “We are delighted to bring the DWEN Women Funding Women event to one of Europe’s leading tech capitals and showcase the vibrant female start-up ecosystem and investment opportunities for growth on this island.

“Despite women’s entrepreneurship rates rising globally by 13% in recent years, access to capital and technology continue to limit the success of our female entrepreneurs in Ireland. By connecting female entrepreneurs and investors, we can accelerate positive change that empowers women-led business growth.”

Aisling Keegan, Vice-President and General Manager, Dell EMC Ireland and keynote speaker at the Women Funding Women event, said: “At Dell EMC Ireland we are committed to increasing the important role that women play in driving business growth. Women share a unique approach to business that can unlock innovation and transformation.

“By bringing the Women Funding Women event to Dublin, we can build on the successful Dell EMC Supper Club Series rolled out in partnership with GirlCrew that is supporting budding female entrepreneurs in the capital to grow their network, share their experiences and to learn from one another. Through programmes such as these, we can give the next generation of female entrepreneurs the power to do more and achieve their business potential.”

The DWEN Women Funding Women event takes place in Huckletree D2, The Academy, Dublin 2 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

To register for the event, please visit: https://wfwdublin.eventbrite.com.

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