Young Irish Entrepreneur women

Young Irish women in business, where art thou?

There are few things I love more than blogging, but sometimes I leave the den to socialise…

It would be awesome to go to a place where you could mingle with women in business.

Why women? Places that aren’t woman-only, tend to be >80% men, something I learnt from experience. It’s not always conducive to making good connectons.*

So I went for a google for local female entrepreneurial stuff. It spat out a whole list of places. The websites scream empowerment through networking, in bright pink. One even offered good vibes. In bright pink. A bit like Ann Summers.

I also came to learn that women in business more often than not means C-suite employees of large corporations. Fair enough. Even here, with 1-2 exceptions, it is similar.

What I notice is that the average age is ~40. Also fair enough.

What I had been expecting to find was 30 year old entrepreneurs. I think that’s quite different.

But what does it mean?

That it’s virtually impossible to have built something by 30, in this part of the world?

That virtually no women in their 30s take business seriously?

*because it’s downright odd to come to a group of lads and say hello. They look so excited that it doesn’t feel like they have any interest in talking about anything serious.

P.S. Preachin’

Young Irish Entrepreneur women

9 thoughts on “Young Irish women in business, where art thou?”

  1. Entrepreneurs require resources and encounter barriers to entry. Those two features may have historically influenced women to avoid the pursuit.
    One industry where resources are plentiful and barriers nearly non-existent is software. On the net no one need know your gender, your history, your biases. If you can write code, organize, sell and advertise you can succeed regardless of “who” you are. You may have better luck seeking out groups who avoid traditional industries of entrepreneurship and focus on those dedicated to the information age.

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    1. I agree with you to an extent, but i think networking and personality matter. There were tens of companies like Uber 10 years ago. Was their software that much stronger than the rest? Or their networking? It’s probably a mix, but I just don’t think that most software exists completely outside of more human interactions.

      Plus, you can say the same about finance. The market doesn’t care who you are. In reality, your connections define your ability to detect market opportunities to a large extent.

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      1. Software represents one industry where the barriers to entry are more balanced for the genders. That’s all.

        And there are no doubt other venues to which that theory would apply. If you’re setting up your own trading system, a private prop-shop, the sure, as long as you have funding. But if you’re trying to sell into that industry? That one, more than most others, is a major white-male dominated sector.


  2. Male dogmatic capitalism has brought us here…things are vastly different now compared to when you were born. Imagine how different it will be when you’re in you 70’s?!??



  3. In many ways…but all change isn’t progress. Gender roles are necessitated through evolution, and cultures can adapt to a certain extent, but gender roles are still required at some level?


  4. Feel this!!! I look at all the women empowerment sites – but feel like most of those women don’t know what the business world is actually like. My last office was 8 men + Me + a female Admin who did not go to the networking events with us (nor did she want to). Lol.

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