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Double for Cork at Women Mean Business awards

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 4:03pm

Two Cork entrepreneurs were among the award winners this week at the prestigious Women Mean Business (WMB) awards.

Six awards in total were presented with Andrea Doolan, Co-Founder and CEO of Atlantia Food Clinical Trials and Fiona Edwards Murphy, Founder and CEO of ApisProtect taking two of them.

Andrea Doolan left Monday’s ceremony in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel with the Matheson WMB Female Entrepreneur Award, while Fiona Edwards Murphy won the Sodexo WMB Female Newcomer Award for 2018.

Ms Doolan and Ms Edwards Murphy saw off significant competition from some of the best female leaders in Irish business to take home their accolades.

Ms Doolan said she was “surprised and truly honoured. The women in my category excel in what they do and are at the top of their game – so to have won this award is real achievement for me, and something for which I am truly grateful.

“I genuinely believe that it’s the people that make an organisation, and we are extremely fortunate at Atlantia to have such a stellar team behind us. So, this award is as much an acknowledgement of their hard work and accomplishments as it is my own.”

Co-founded by Andrea Doolan in 2012, Atlantia works with five of the top 10 global food companies, as well as leading SMEs and artisan food companies that are improving and introducing exciting, innovative food, drink and health supplement products to the worldwide food market.

The 12th annual Women Mean Business Conference and Awards recognised the achievements of outstanding businesswomen and female entrepreneurs from across Ireland.

Opening the event, Rosemary Delaney, Founder and Managing Director of WMB said: “I have hosted these awards for 12 years and year-on-year, I am fortunate to come in contact with seriously inspiring individuals – women who climbed the corporate ladder and turned to help those who have stepped onto the first rung, and entrepreneurs who want to change the world and have decided to do it themselves.

“All share moments of fear, all struggle at times to find an acceptable equilibrium in their busy lives and all possess the passion, tenacity, intelligence and camaraderie to make a difference – our finalists and winners are true women who mean business,” she added.

Six awards were presented, with Dubliner Aisling Keegan, VP and General Manager, Dell EMC Ireland taking the overall WMB Businesswoman Award 2018.

Liz Waters, CEO of An Cosán VCC received the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur Award, while TestReach Co-Founders, Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey received the WMB Woman in Technology Award.

Kildare’s Christine Barrett, Inside Sales Director UK, Microsoft Ireland received the Boots WMB Empowering Women Award 2018.

The day-long event included an excellent line-up including Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, VP Europe at Catalyst; columnist and broadcaster Dr Ciara Kelly, and author and entrepreneur Sean Gallagher.

The day also included a panel discussion on the theme A Different Perspective with diversity champion Peter Cosgrove, Petrina Grady KBC Bank and Dr Celine Mullins, Adaptas Training taking to the stage.

Rosemary Delaney, Managing Director, WMB, said about this year’s theme: “There is beauty in a world where diversity, of beliefs, customs and perspectives, are allowed to flourish. Imagine if we were all the same, if we went about our business with similar attitudes, with limited awareness. All it takes is having a different, broader perspective and you suddenly have limitless possibilities.”

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