Dragons star in line for business gong

Successful Dragons Den contestant Sarah Nic Lochlainn of Aruna Sauces is among the nominees for this year’s Women Mean Business awards.

Aruna Sauces plans to export to Britain by the end of the year, and Dragon Gavin Duffy is adding his expertise to the company’s recipe for success.

The Women Mean Business Conference and Awards 2012, designed to recognise the achievements of Ireland’s businesswomen, takes place on Monday, Oct 1, at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

Finalists for the WMB Woman of the Year Award 2012 are: Gráinne Kelliher, Aramark Food Services; Lisa Holt, CPL Resources; Julie O’Neill, Gilead Sciences; Fionnuala Meehan, Google; and Carmel O’Boyle, Oracle Direct EMEA.

Finalists for the Enterprise Ireland WMB Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012 are: Sarah Nic Lochlainn, Aruna Sauces; Triona Campbell, beActive International; Ann McGee, McGee Pharma International; Regina Bushell, Grovelands Childcare; and Anne Reilly, Paycheck Plus.

Finalists for the Newstalk Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012 are: Barbara O’Connell, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland; Sinead Gibney, Social Action Ireland at Google; Marcella Finnerty, Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy/Village Counselling Service; Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating, Women for Election; and Elaine Geraghty, Inspire Ireland Foundation.

Finalists for the WMB Woman in Technology Award 2012 are: Barbara Anne Murphy, Equilume/UCD; Lavinia Morris, Friends First; Ann-Marie Holmes, Intel Ireland; Orla Cox, Symantec Ltd; Orla Sheridan, Microsoft Ireland; and Gráinne Barry, AnotherFriend.com.

The awards will be presented at the Women Mean Business Conference and Awards 2012 at the Shelbourne Hotel. The theme this year is “Power The Passion” and the day will include a panel discussions and awards lunch.

The event, now in its sixth year, will feature as its keynote speakers Dawn Gibbins, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and founder of Flowcrete, a global flooring company; entrepreneur and author Sharon Wright whose pitch on BBC’s Dragons’ Den had all Dragons vying to invest in her invention Magnamole; and Professor Susan Vinnicombe of Cranfield School of Management, an expert on gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles, and author of the annual Female FTSE Report.

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