First Irish Woman selected for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, Europe

Pharmapod’s CEO Leonora O’Brien is the First Irish Woman selected for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™, Europe – a year-long executive leadership program designed for established, women-led businesses that are ready to scale operations and become global market leaders.

O’Brien is among female entrepreneurs from 17 businesses cross 11 countries in Europe selected for the class of 2017. The program is open to businesses which are at least 12 months old with revenues higher than EUR 500,000 for the previous 12 months and which are headquartered in Europe. The participating companies benefit from on-going EY mentorship and provides a significant opportunity to further develop international networks.

O’Brien is no stranger to trailblazing having been the first Irish finalist and winner of the European Laureate at the Cartier Global Women’s Initiative Awards in 2013.

Pharmapod is a pioneering global software for reducing medication errors across the healthcare sector. The company has gone from strength to strength helping thousands of healthcare professionals internationally to understand how to address risks to patients and to drive their Continuous Quality Improvement. Pharmapod has also secured international partnerships with organizations such as the National Pharmacy Association in the UK and the Canadian Pharmacist Association.

Barbara Nestor, Director of Corporate Communication EY Ireland commented: “It is fantastic to have Leonora selected on the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program.  This program provides not only the resources and networks to help Leonora continue to grow her business, but also the power of a like-minded community of entrepreneurs with common goals and challenges who act as resources and advisors for one another.  I look forward to working with her over the next 12 months”.


For further information:

Michelle Bobbett, Pharmapod +353 (0) 1 685 2242

Barbara Nestor | Director of Corporate Communications, Ireland | Brand, Marketing, Communications, Ernst & Young +353 (0)1 221 1233

About Pharmapod

Pharmapod has developed pioneering cloud-based software to drive the standards of pharmacy practice and patient safety by facilitating knowledge sharing amongst pharmacists and stakeholders worldwide. It is a secure cloud-based application available by monthly subscription and is accessible online to pharmacists in both the hospital and community sectors. The application also collates data at both a national and international level providing an objective evidence base for risk management for professionals, governments & stakeholders globally.

About Entrepreneurial Winning Women

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program is an executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.

This year-long program is designed for established, women-led businesses that are ready to scale operations and become global market leaders by:

  • Expanding their knowledge with the latest information, research and executive dialogues about business strategies and practices
  • Identifying potential partners, strategic alliances, customers and suppliers as well as prospective sources of private capital
  • Providing access to informal, one-to-one guidance and support
  • Strengthening their executive leadership and business skills and identifying opportunities to grow through meetings with senior advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Increasing visibility for them and their companies among corporate executives, investors and the media


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