Woman of the Decade in Enterprise & Leadership Award

Jacqueline O’Donovan was presented with the ‘Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership‘ award at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) Conference in Birmingham recently.

As MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, Jacqueline is one of the construction and demolition waste sectors’ most passionate pioneers of employee training, industry best practice and road safety. Under her steer, the family-run waste management business has gone from strength to strength and has 160 employees and a turnover of over £19m.  Jacqueline is recognised as a regular industry speaker, an innovator and a leading force in the industry, with several accolades including Outstanding Woman in Construction, Vitalise Business Woman of the Year and Institute of Directors’ Family Business Director of the Year.

She has been given the Freedom of the City of London and was honoured by Irish President with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award.  She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Couriers (IoC), as well as the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (CIHT).  Jacqueline is a chartered waste manager of the CIWM.


An associate of ALL Ladies League, the Women Economic Forum (WEF) is a global conference to foster empowering conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change in ALL walks of life. The vision of WEF is to inspire every woman to become a businesswoman.   WEF events are mega enablers of peer-exchange and learning in a diverse and interdisciplinary context and are a powerhouse for massive connections and networking across the globe. Events take place throughout the year and across the world, empowering women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence. WEF also welcomes men who support the cause of women’s leadership in All walks of life.

Jacqueline was a speaker at the recent WEF conference which took place in Birmingham with the theme of “Enhancing Women’s Economic Power” aiming to empower women to expand their business opportunities and increase global influence.  Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE MBE FCGI FRCN UEC presented the award to Jacqueline at the end of her speech on the panel.

Jacqueline commented “To be perceived as a leading woman in business is an absolute honour and I’m grateful for this recognition.  What a lovely surprise to receive such a prestigious award”.



The International Competitive Fund

Do you have a great business idea from anywhere in the world?

 New Enterprise Ireland Fund Offers €50k seed money to plant and grow your start-up in Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland is opening a new seed fund offering €50k seed investments for mobile start-up companies, from anywhere in the world, to locate in Ireland in return for an equity stake.

The International Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is a competition open to globally ambitious start-ups from anywhere in the world.

Under the competitive fund, up to 10 winners will receive €50k seed funding as well as top-class business development support from Enterprise Ireland.

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Applications to the fund will be accepted online from August 24th to September 7th.

The best 20 applicants will be invited and sponsored to pitch in Cork, Ireland on November 18 at The Global Startup Gathering, a celebration of the global start-up community.

Full details on the fund and eligibility criteria are available here

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In 2015, Enterprise Ireland invested in 217 start-ups 35 of those were international start-ups.

Ireland is a thriving and rapidly-growing haven for high potential start-up companies and multi-national corporations alike including:Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 15.42.54

  • 9 of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies, such as Boston Scientific and Medtronic.
  • 8 of the top pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Amgen.
  • 3 of the top 5 games companies, such as EA and Activision.
  • 9 out of 10 world-leading technology and internet companies such as Facebook and Google.
  • 15 of the top 20 world-leading Life Science companies for like Abbott Laboratories and Allergan.
  • Over 50% of the world’s leading Financial Services firms like JP Morgan Chase and HSBC among others.

Ireland has a strong, educated, English speaking workforce who are adaptable and flexible. It is situated on the edge of mainland Europe, which makes it ideal for exporting and importing. Companies who run operations in

Ireland can greatly benefit from the low corporation tax of 12.5%.


For more information see:

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