Female-led Business Wins Facebook-Sponsored Competition

Laura McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Drink Botanicals Ireland, has been named as the winner of a Facebook-sponsored elevator pitch competition in Dublin. The competition was part of the Fuelling Ambition ‘Lead and Succeed’ Roadshow event in Facebook, Dublin organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Entrepreneurs Academy. The event was attended by businesswomen and entrepreneurs from the East region.

The Dublin Roadshow was one of a series of free-to-attend events taking place across the country during March and April which aimed to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs nationally. The Elevator Pitch competition offered a cash prize package sponsored by Facebook worth €2,000 at each location, as well as additional prizes worth up to €1,000.

Guest speakers at the event included Julie Currid, co-founder and COO of Initiafy, and Aisling Teillard, co-founder and CEO of Tandem HR Solutions. Representatives from Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland were on hand to discuss the range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The event also provided an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business people.

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Pictured above: Rachael James, Female Entrepreneurship Manager, Enterprise Ireland; Laura McCarthy, Founder and CEO Drink Botanicals Ireland and Helen Creegan Walsh, President, Network Ireland Dublin Branch