ENTREPRENEUR Ciara Donlon – the founder and chief executive of THEYA Healthcare (www.theyahealthcare.com), an award-winning medical device company – has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Ciara is the only Irish entrepreneur shortlisted for the European Award category, alongside an entrepreneur from Russia, and another from the UK.
The awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The initiative aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges.
THEYA Healthcare, which was formally launched by Donlon in 2015, designs and manufactures healthcare garments.
The company’s flagship post-surgery lingerie range, designed primarily for use by breast cancer patients, retails across Ireland and the UK, and has also been launched in Europe and Canada.
THEYA Healthcare uses a unique fabric mix made from OEKO-TEX bamboo, which is ideal for post-operative products as it is anti-bacterial, thermally regulating, 59% more absorbent than cotton and extremely soft, thus helps reduce skin irritation.
The design of the THEYA Healthcare range focuses on comfort, support, femininity, functionality and the promotion of healing.
Headquartered at NovaUCD, the centre for new ventures and entrepreneurs at UCD, THEYA Healthcare is an Enterprise Ireland high-potential start-up client company.
Donlon said: “It’s a huge honour to have been chosen by Cartier as one of the three European finalists for such a prestigious worldwide award.
“I set up THEYA Healthcare because I wanted to help women undergoing breast cancer treatment feel better about themselves and heal faster; for that to be acknowledged by an organisation like Cartier means a lot.
“Hopefully, more women who can benefit from our products will now have a chance to access them.”
She was shortlisted alongside fellow chief executives Marina Ross, Nanobarrier (Russia), and Lise Pape, Walk with Life (UK).
The winners of the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards will be announced at the awards week and ceremony which will take place in Singapore from April 8 to 13.