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World's top tech women for Dublin event

Wednesday, June 25 11:15:27

Some of the most successful women in tech will be in Dublin next Monday for the Female Founders Forum, organised by Irish tech news site, Silicon Republic.

The Forum will take place from 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin 8. It will focus on the future of investment in female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland. After the Forum, a special reception celebrating 100 Top Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) will take place at the Storehouse, commencing at 6pm.

Speaking in advance of both events, Ann O'Dea, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Republic, said that 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," said Ms O'Dea.

The keynote address at Silicon Republic's Female Founders Forum will be delivered by Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, the software platform that has raised a total of USD200 million in funding, with the most recent funding round valuating the company at USD1 billion.

Anne Ravanona, founder and CEO of Global Invest Her, which focuses on getting women entrepreneurs funded faster and increasing gender diversity at work will also deliver a keynote speech.