Ireland’s first all-island women founders summit takes place in Co Fermanagh on May 20th-21st. ‘SheVentures’ will pull together over 200 women founders, investors, entrepreneurs, and their supporters in Ireland, say Awaken Hub, the organisers of the event.

The summit offers “unparalleled access to inspiring Irish and international women leaders, including some who have never spoken at an Irish event before,” says Awaken Hub chairperson, Mary McKenna. Speakers include Silicon Valley’s Ann Hiatt who worked directly for Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; Lorna Conn, CEO of Cpl, and entrepreneurs’ champion; and Samantha Barry, Global Editorial Director for the Americas at Glamour magazine.

Mary McKenna says SheVentures offers an “opportunity to hang-out with your tribe of women founders and investors in a friendly and informal setting for a couple of days. But get yourself investor-ready,” she advises. “You might even bag an angel investor or two!”

The summit is being held in the breathtaking and cosy location of Lusty Beg Island, Fermanagh. Sponsored cabins on the premises will offer Master Classes and discussions on challenging themes like Investment, Sustainability, US Market Entry, Sales, Storytelling and Marketing, and Commercialisation. McKenna says these are an ideal chance to learn from experts at first hand. Inis Communications director, Trish Hegarty, will lead a Masterclass in PR on the first day of the summit.

“She Ventures is not just about offering great speakers. It’s about giving participants access to these speakers and experts for informal chats and discussions throughout the two days. It’s also about extending women founders’ networks of key players, contacts, and investors as they grow their business.”

The summit is being supported and sponsored by the Shared Island Initiative. Tánaiste Micheál Martin said he was delighted that the Shared Island Civic Society Fund has been able to support the work of Awaken Hub and the SheVentures summit. “The Shared Island Civic Society Fund aims to promote practical cooperation and interaction in civic society on this island and the SheVentures summit is a stellar example of the Fund supporting people to come together and make real connections.”

The 2-day event is being MC’d by BBC and TG4 presenter Lynette Fay, and other contributors lined up to take part include the Positive Economist Susan Hayes Culleton, and US and global expert on women’s access to networks and Venture Capital, Kelly Hoey.

There’s accommodation on and off the island and boat/bus transport to shuttle participants back and forth. The summit starts at 9AM on Monday 20th, closing at 4PM on Tuesday 21st. You can book tickets online at: