Scale Ireland supports, represents and advocates for greater diversity and inclusion within the tech start-up and scale-up companies in the sector.
By Joining the 30% club, we are committing to incorporating diversity ambitions within our Scale Ireland strategy and will continue to exceed the target minimum of a 30% gender balance at the most senior levels in our organisation.
Scale Ireland hosted a special all-island webinar with RDI Hub (Kerry) and the Awaken Hub (Derry) to mark and celebrate International Women's Day. The theme of the event was #WomenRising and it was supported by InterTradeIreland. The special guest speakers included four female founders including Áine Kerr, Dr. Susan Kelly, Lizzy Hayshida and Dr. Patricia Scanlon.
A new report by TechIreland has found that Irish Female Founders raised more than €100 million in funding during a twelve-month period (2020) for the first time.
However, Scale Ireland is concerned that just 16% of all indigenous tech start-up companies (listed by TechIreland) have a female founder. Separately, just 18% of the 262 tech start-up companies that raised funding last year have a female founder.