Posted: Tue 28th Sep 2021
Panel discussion with Lorraine Greene, AIB. Pannelists include:
Lorraine Greene (Head of SME Market Engagement, AIB):
Lorraine leads the Market Engagement team responsible for engaging with AIB's key business intermediaries and stakeholders through AIB's retail network. With almost 20 years' experience in banking, Lorraine has worked across a number of different relationship management roles and sectors predominantly in Corporate Banking, Private Banking, and Retail. Having led AIB's Women in Enterprise programme Lorraine has a passion for supporting businesses to grow through learning, collaboration and utilising networks. Lorraine is a Chartered Banker and Licentiate of the Institute of Banking and a graduate of University College Dublin.
Fiona Craul, Sweetspot Sourcing
Fiona Craul is one of the founders of Sweetspot Sourcing, a design, manufacturing and sourcing company. Together with her business partner Susan Dempsey, they have over 30 years experience in the industry, and have particular expertise in manufacturing in the Asian and European markets. Their clients range from start-ups, brand leaders & retailers. They work across all areas of the product sourcing journey, from idea generation and design to sourcing and importing.
Lisa Marconi Design Led:
Lisa co-founded interior design studio, Dust, which she ran with her partner for six years. It was a successful residential design studio featured regularly in the press.
In late 2019, Lisa conceived of the idea for Design Led, a platform that would digitise the interior design process and streamline the shopping process, enabling users to easily create their dream homes.
In 2020, she was accepted on New Frontiers, a six-month accelerator run by Enterprise Ireland. So in August 2020, Dust was closed and Lisa took up her place on New Frontiers and began working on Design Led full time. After a long development process to get her prototype ready, she is finally there and will be launching this to her 200 test users in September.
Wendy Slattery, Beauty Buddy
Wendy Slattery is an award-winning businesswoman and the Co-Founder and CEO of Beauty Buddy. Her background in business development, corporate sales, retail and project management has enabled her to lead a committed team who together with strategic partners are working to deliver the vision of Beauty Buddy- to be the go-to app for all things Beauty and Cosmetic in this 800BN Industry.
As an Enterprise Ireland HPSU client, they have raised a pre-seed of €575K. Wendy also took part in New Frontiers, NDRC Portershed, DCU Female High Fliers and Google’s Adopt a Start-up.
Wendy won the AIB Women in Enterprise Award in 2019 and was a finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2020.