Optimise Fund 2016 Vote

The following companies were short-listed for the IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund 2016. 10 winners were chosen by a public vote with another 5 being selected by our judges. Click here to find out who won. 

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Author: Melissa Nangle
Title: SportsWomen.ie
Company Pitch

sportswomen.ie is a website promoting, supporting and reporting women's sport in Ireland. It was founded to address an under representation in the coverage of women's sport in the national media.

Since its inception in January 2015, founder of sportswomen.ie, Sharon Hutchinson has organised a Women in Sport discussion panel at the Annual Women in Media Conference in Ballybunion. At the invitation of the Minister of Equality she spoke at the Women in Sport Conference in Dublin Castle in October 2015, helping to keep the Women in Sport discussion on the table.

Sharon has secured a position on the RTE audience council, and was voted in the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Irish Sport in 2015 by Sport for Business. All in the space of year Sharon has made great strides but feels she is only at the tip of the ice berg.

To win the Optimise Fund would help Sharon take sportswomen.ie to the next level and bring it to the audience nationwide and internationally.