Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO of THEYA Healthcare, (www.theyahealthcare.com), which designs and manufactures healthcare garments, has been named as a finalist in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The YearTM (EOY) programme.
A total of 24 finalists have been selected across three categories – emerging, industry and international – with Ciara Donlon shortlisted in the emerging award category.
Representing the full spectrum of industries from across Ireland, this year’s finalists employ more than 5,000 people and generate annual revenues of more than €475 million.
The 24 finalists, including Ciara Donlon, were selected by an independent judging panel of previous winners, chaired by Anne Heraty, CEO, Cpl Resources plc, winner of the 2006 EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM programme.
THEYA Healthcare, headquartered at NovaUCD, University College Dublin’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, was formally launched in 2015 by Ciara Donlon. The company is also an Enterprise Ireland high potential start-up (HPSU) client company.
THEYA Healthcare’s flagship post-surgery lingerie range, designed primarily for use by breast cancer patients, retails across Ireland, the UK and has also been launched in Europe and Canada.
The company uses a unique fabric mix made from OEKO-TEX® bamboo, which is ideal for post-operative products as it is anti-bacterial, breathable, 59% more absorbent than cotton and extremely soft thus helping to reduce skin irritation. The design of the THEYA Healthcare range focuses on comfort, support, femininity, functionality and the promotion of healing.
Last month Ciara Donlon was named Laureate for Europe at the final of the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Ciara Donlon, CEO, THEYA Healthcare said, “To have been selected as a finalist for an award previously won by people like Anne Heraty of CPL and John Collison of Stripe is truly humbling. THEYA Healthcare was born out of a desire to help women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, in order to reach more of these women we need to grow the company. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Awards programme is a powerful vehicle for growth for entrepreneurs so we are very excited about the opportunities this will present for the company.”
“This year’s finalists were chosen because they have demonstrated the ability to navigate change as business leaders and, as such, they represent the very best talent within Ireland’s entrepreneurial community today,” said Kevin McLoughlin, EY partner lead for the awards.
“We are also pleased to see strong female representation within the finalists this year. We look forward to seeing this diversity grow further year-on-year as an increasing number of female-led entrepreneurial businesses make waves across Ireland,” he added.
The 20th year of the programme in Ireland is focusing on the theme of ‘Leading through Change’ in recognition of the significant changes that have occurred within the business community over the past 20 years and of future disruption to come.
As part of the awards, the finalists will take part in a 10-month development programme. They will also join more than 70 other entrepreneurs for a week-long “CEO Retreat” to San Francisco later this month.
As the finalists progress through this programme, the judging panel will determine the winners based on a number of criteria, including innovation, value creation, strategic direction, financial performance, national and global impact and the entrepreneur’s contribution to society and industry.
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony will take place in Dublin in October. The overall winner will go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco in June 2018.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM programme is supported by Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, The Irish Times and Newstalk.
Further details on the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The YearTM (EOY) programme are available via www.eoy.ie.