Three female entrepreneurs from Cork and Belfast will attend tech giant Dell’s global Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) this week.
It is the first time that any female entrepreneurs from Northern Ireland or the Republic have been invited to attend the prestigious business summit.
Over 150 women entrepreneurs from 20 countries will attend the eighth annual event, to be held in San Francisco this week.
Kate Hyde, managing director of tech company Glencove, the Cork firm behind Henparty.ie and a host of bespoke travel tech software solutions, will attend, as will Julie Brien and Dr Roisin Molloy, co-founders of Trimedika, the Belfast-based medical-device firm.
Aisling Keegan, vice-president and general manager for Dell EMC Ireland, said the ability to exchange ideas and share success stories and challenges with other women was invaluable.
“With so much activity in the entrepreneurial space in Ireland right now, it is appropriate that we have successful female entrepreneurs attend DWEN to share an overview of the business environment and opportunities that exist,” she said. “We also continue to support the development of female entrepreneur networks here in Ireland through the Dell EMC Supper Club, which we launched last month in partnership with Girl Crew.
“While not everyone can travel to San Francisco for DWEN, our local dinner gatherings are creating opportunities for founders to get together to share ideas and challenges and to support each other as they build their respective companies.”
Ms Hyde, whose company is on target to exceed €4m (£3.5m) turnover this year, said she was proud to be among the first entrepreneurs from Ireland to attend the summit. “I’m over the moon, it’s like going to the business Olympics,” she said. “It can be lonely at times being an entrepreneur. To continue growing means there is a constant knowledge gap. To be invited to DWEN to meet fellow entrepreneurs, major companies and those have been there before me is a huge honour and opportunity.”
Topics of discussion at DWEN include the changing US and global political landscape, alternative finance methods and emerging technology trends, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and cloud computing.