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Q005 Quinn School School of Business

UCD Belfield

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Female Founders is a conference that brings together women from a range of backgrounds and industries that all share one vital quality in common: they have pursued their own entrepreneurial endeavours and seen massive success in each of their businesses.

Marissa Carter is the founder of Cocoa Brown Tan, the award-winning beauty range that has taken the world by storm and is adored by celebrities including Kylie Jenner. But Carter’s career hasn’t always been so glamorous. When she started her first salon in 2012, she ran it out of the back kitchen of her apartment. In the space of five years, she has built her brand to now be a global phenomenon. Cocoa Brown is stocked by 10,000 retailers including Primark, House of Fraser, Tesco, River Island and Ricky's NYC, with Marissa soon adding US mammoths Target and Walmart to this list.

Susan Spence is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of SoftCo, one of Ireland’s most successful software companies. SoftCo is a leading global provider of finance automation solutions that increase productivity, reduce costs and ensure that organisations meet their compliance obligations. Its customers include Primark, Irish Life, Lloyd’s Bank, Argos, and Bulmers.

Alison Cowzer is the co-founder of the international biscuit company East Coast Bakehouse and investor on Dragon's Den. Cowzer took a now-unusual route into the world of business. After leaving school at 17 she worked for nothing as a young intern in a large PR firm. When one of the partners in that company left to set up a new business, Cowzer was invited along and stayed at the company for six years. She then pursued her own venture alongside her husband, Michael, and has turned it into a business worth millions.

Leonora O’Brien is the founder and CEO of Pharmapod, a cloud-based platform which allows pharmacists to record, analyse and reduce medication error, and improve standards and efficiencies within their pharmacies. Used both here in Ireland and abroad, the platform’s aim is to improve the industry’s knowledge-sharing. Founded in 2012, Pharmapod is now part of Enterprise Ireland’s accelerator programme with a focus on growth and development.

This event will take the form of a panel discussion where each lady will share insights as to her personal journey towards success. A questions and answers section will follow where audience members will have the opportunity to engage. The evening will conclude with a food and drinks reception.
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