Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs

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Are you a woman who is considering a change in career or interested in exploring the world of entrepreneurship? Technological University Dublin is hosting an event for Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs 2024 for women who are interested in exploring the possibility of an innovative entrepreneurial career. Taking place on Thursday, February 1 · 6 – 8:30pm TU Dublin, St Laurences’ Church, Grangegorman Campus.

The Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs initiative, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, is designed to introduce the possibility of an entrepreneurial career to particular groups of women that may not have considered it previously and where there is untapped entrepreneurial potential – women in senior corporate positions, those with doctoral and post-doctoral academic qualifications, professional women, women seeking a change in their life, among others.


The following Inspiring Women will share their entrepreneurial stories:

Louella Morton

Following a degree in computer science, Louella gained deep knowledge and experience in the education technology sector. She saw a gap in the market to provide a full end-to-end online exam management system, with in-built proctoring. TestReach was founded in 2014, by Louella Morton and co-founder Sheena Bailey, to provide a complete online assessment solution.

Today, TestReach employs 120+ people directly, plus over 200 exam invigilators. TestReach’s main markets are professional bodies, educational/training organisations, and corporations, particularly those in highly regulated sectors like financial services, pharma and aviation. Over 80% of their business is currently from export markets.

Fidelma McGuirk

Fidelma has over 18 years’ experience in international business. Having worked in Irish telco Eir in HR, she later led as Director of International Operations and as CEO. Fidelma studied for her Bachelors in Business & German and Masters in Business in Trinity College, Dublin & University of Regensburg, Germany.

Fidelma is founder and CEO of Payslip, the leading global payroll control platform harmonizing global payroll operations through integration and automation for today’s global businesses. Founded in Westport, Payslip enables multinational organizations to consolidate global payrolls, achieve centralised reporting compliance and data protection, and deliver strategic insights and real control to the business. Payslip clients are multi-national employers, growing aggressively in more than five countries.

Derya Sousa

Derya Sousa is the CEO and co-founder of Kianda Technologies, a business process automation company focused on Health and Safety, offering EHSwise software that empowers EHS leaders to easily manage their EHS records to ensure compliance and a safe workplace. Derya moved from her home in Portugal to Ireland with her husband in 2007 and has participated in TU Dublin’s New Frontiers Programme.

Derya has over 18 years of experience as an IT Consultant, specializing in user experience, and has worked across multiple industries, acting both in an advisory role and hands-on in the technical build of solutions. In 2021, she was awarded the Women in IT Entrepreneur of the Year in addition to Kianda Technologies securing an investment of €1.5 million. She is a leading role model for women in tech and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

Steven Galvin

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