Today – Thursday (29.11.18) – an inspiring group of migrant women entrepreneurs showcase their start-up businesses in Dublin city centre. Broadcaster and businesswoman Norah Casey, Áine Mulloy of GirlCrew, and social entrepreneur Deborah Somorin will speak at the event.
The featured businesses range from artisan vegan cheese production to pharmaceuticals, pet hostels and tech solutions. The entrepreneurs – originally from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Russia, China, the Philippines, Mauritius, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico – recently graduated from a tailored entrepreneurship programme run by DCU Ryan Academy in partnership with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).
Aoife Smith of MRCI said, “Migrant women entrepreneurs face huge barriers in Ireland, from restrictive immigration rules, the lack of access to Irish business networks to racism and discrimination. For almost two decades, MRCI has been working with migrant women, many of whom ran successful businesses before coming to Ireland, but ended up on low paid employment here.”
Smith continued, “This unique project is about recognising their energy, creativity and talent. It is about nurturing migrant women’s entrepreneurial drive and supporting their start up journey so they can focus on growing their businesses in Ireland.”
Niamh Collins of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship said, “We have built up a strong reputation in running accelerator courses for female start-ups. When approached by MRCI, we were delighted to design a programme for twenty five Migrant Women Entrepreneurs. The Academy designed this first of its kind programme to enhance their business and leadership skills, and to create a new network of like-minded female founders.”
Course participant Katja Rybakova, founder of NetTest – helping pharmaceutical companies choose better drug targets – said, “My background is in science. I had only the vaguest of idea of how to create and run a businesses. The course mentors provided great guidance on every aspect of a running a business – from financial planning to sales and marketing. I’ve now been able to successfully test the viability of my business idea and create a realistic business plan. It was inspiring to study alongside so many amazing women and share their passion for entrepreneurship.”
Show case participates available for interview
The event will be held today at 6pm – 9pm, Huckletree D2, 42 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, with colourful showcase of start-ups from migrant women entrepreneurs in Ireland – from pet hostels to tech solutions and from vegan cheese to pharmaceuticals.
The featured start-up founders are all graduates of a tailored entrepreneurship programme for migrant women, the first of its kind in Ireland, run by the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs in partnership with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland is a national organisation working to promote justice, empowerment and equality for migrants and their families
DCU Ryan Academy was set up in 2005 by the late Dr Tony Ryan (founder of Ryanair) with the aim of helping entrepreneurs at the start-up stage to plan their business ambition.
This project is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.