Irish entrepreneur, Tracy O’Rourke, CEO and Founder of Vivid Edge (www.vividedge.ie), an energy efficiency specialist company, has been named as a finalist of the 2019 Cartier Women’s Initiative.
The Cartier Women's Initiative is an annual global business competition established in 2006 to identify, support and encourage female entrepreneurs who are working to solve contemporary global challenges.
Tracy O’Rourke is the only Irish entrepreneur shortlisted for the Europe Award alongside two other entrepreneurs, one from France and one from Switzerland. Vivid Edge is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.
To date, Vivid Edge, an Enterprise Ireland HPSU company, has secured the backing of a large European energy efficiency fund with an initial €30 million project funding facility and has completed projects with private and public sector organisations, generating a multi-million euro revenue stream.
The winners of the 2019 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards will be announced at an Awards ceremony which takes place in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Centre for Arts and Culture on 2 May.
Each of the 7 regional Award winners will receive US$100,000 in prize money, with the remaining 14 finalists each receiving US$30,000. All 21 finalists will also receive personalised mentoring, media visibility, networking opportunities as well as a place on an executive INSEAD programme.
Speaking this month, Founder and CEO at Vivid Edge, Tracy O’Rourke said, "I am delighted to be one of only 21 female entrepreneurs from around the world, who are all working to tackle a range of global challenges, to have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative. I am now looking forward to meeting all the other finalists during the Awards week in San Francisco commencing at the end of April."
She added, "We have an exciting sales pipeline reaching into Europe, Middle East and Africa. We help organisations, in Ireland and around the world, to mobilise energy efficiency projects that may not otherwise happen. We help ensure they make commercial sense and have a positive economic and environmental impact. This is thinking smart, thinking global and thinking of the next generation."