Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs

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UL’s Nexus Innovation Centre and Kemmy Business School are hosting an event for aspiring female entrepreneurs interested in developing and growing a business. The “Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs” event will take place in CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing Centre on May 30th at 5.30pm. Aimed at women in senior corporate positions, as well as those with doctoral and post-doctoral qualifications, or females seeking a change of direction, the event will focus on tapping into the entrepreneurial potential of female professionals.


At the event leading female founders will share stories that inspire connection and a journey towards a career in entrepreneurship. The evening will showcase the “Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs” initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, the flagship programme which aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurial capacity among women, grow their network, expand their knowledge and gain access to a wide range of supports. Chaired by Paula Fitzsimons, who leads the award-winning ‘Going for Growth’ and ‘ACORNS’ programmes, the panel will include Leonora O’Brien founder of Pharmapod, Jennifer Corley founder of EquiTrace and Dr Tara Dalton, CEO of Altratech and founder of UL spinout Stokes Bio.

Following the discussion, a networking event will take place, providing an opportunity to connect with one another, share ideas and meet the founders

Refreshments are available from 5.00pm

Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs


Leonora qualified as a pharmacist and worked in pharmacy practice, regulation and policy development in Ireland and across the European Union. She founded Pharmapod in 2012, having noticed a gap in the market for inter-pharmacy interaction in respect of the reporting of critical incidents. Pharmapod developed a global software platform to reduce medication errors and deliver safe effective clinical services for patients worldwide. With Leonora as CEO, Pharmapod was widely adopted across 10,000 pharmacies and Long Term Care facilities by corporate clients such as Pillpack by Amazon in the US, CareRx in Canada as well as independent pharmacies and Pharmacy regulators. Pharmapod launched in multiple international markets including US, Australia, UK and Ireland, and secured over 65% of the Canadian market. In 2021, Pharmapod was acquired by Think Research in Canada and Leonora is now pursuing other business and charity interests. Leonora has won numerous awards for business, pharmacy practice and innovation, including Laureate for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, and the Tatler Woman of the Year Award for Entrepreneurship.


A graduate in veterinary medicine, Jennifer went on to complete an internship in large animal medicine in Canada, then became a Thouron scholar in Equine Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her specialist training as an equine surgeon, Jennifer went into private practise in Co. Kildare. Jennifer is co-editor of the Equine Hospital Manual and has published widely in the veterinary field. After an accident ended her career as a surgeon, Jennifer set up her first company Veterinary Advances to share her specialist knowledge with Apps for veterinary surgeons. Veterinary Advances Apps are now used by all members of the British Equine Veterinary Association and Equine Veterinarians Australia. In 2018, Jennifer established a second company EquiTrace and led a successful funding round with HBAN for €1.25 million to establish the company’s growth. EquiTrace is a digital health record and traceability platform designed to bring the horse industry into the digital age. EquiTrace are commercial partners with Merck in the USA, produce software for the US Trotting Association, and are helping to monitor the health of over 26,000 horses worldwide.


Dr Dalton is a faculty member in the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick, and a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers. She is one of the founders of Stokes Bio – a spin-out company that was sold to Life Technologies that developed high throughput microfluidic instruments for PCR. She is currently the CEO of Altratech – a start-up developing molecular diagnostics for point of care applications and on the board of several scientific start up companies. Her research interest is in the development of microfluidic devices for biological assays. She has graduated 20 PhD Students, published over 100 refereed papers and has over 50 granted patent and patent applications.


Steven Galvin

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