Advocacy for Advocates – Silence is Not Always Golden.

*Warning this is a long blog post – I’m not apologising for it’s length, I’m just giving you the heads up.* Even writing this blog I feel myself shaking. Fear reaches peak as I wonder if my story will lead to even more negative repercussions for me. Anxiety flows through me as I recall events that deeply, deeply affected me. Nearly ending in the loss of my life. Nearly three years ago, I was thrown into such an unexpected crisis that it directly impacted on me; my family; my business; my shareholders; my reputation; my career and those who were workingRead More…

Speaking at MedTech (and many more!)

When I talk to those in the tech industry,  I usually get asked – “But why is  the MediStori not an app?” And the answer is simple – I asked my customers what they wanted, and this is what I was told. Additionally, there is the major point that most acute hospitals and GP’s do not have public Wi-Fi access and so how would people open their apps without having to pay for their own data? Anyway, because I’m not a “techie”, I normally am not asked to go particular conferences or shows related to technology in healthcare. But I decided to see if IRead More…

Selected for Clinton Global Initiative

I was personally hand picked to be 1 of the 10,000 women across the world to be video interviewed by the CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE! This 3 minute video, includes me talking about my experiences of being a working mum & a carer of my three children & dad, but also includes a detailed account of the MediStori. Of the 10,000 interviewed, my video was picked with just 9 others was showcased at the CGI National AGM 2014, where world leaders , such as Bill, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama were present. This video is now on the Aroyga World websiteRead More…

Winning Special Merit Sccul Award

On January the 29th, 2015 I sat in the audience clapping for all the winners whose names were being pulled out for the Sccul Enterprise Awards in NUI, Galway. With over 160 businesses submitting entry’s, I was delighted to have even made the shortlist.Little did I know, that that list was going to get even shorter. Throughout the day people asked me if I was in for an award, and truthfully, I wasn’t really sure. I kept thinking to myself, I’d love to win a “One to Watch” award as it would nearly give me a challenge for next year!Read More…

Winning New Frontiers Investment with Enterprise Ireland

In 2013, nearly 100 entrepreneurs applied for Phase One of Enterprise Ireland’s prestigious New Frontiers programme in 2013. Thirty of these were selected and all of whom presented in a “Dragon Den” style pitch to get on to Phase 2. Our company, presenting the MediStori as our first product, were one of 13 to get on to this Phase.  Starting the programme, we learned that we had access to worldwide renowned business mentors and entrepreneurs and were also were landed with a €15,000 start up fund. With bimonthly reviews by the New Frontiers team, we had to prove we wereRead More…

Launching my Research at the RCPI

Last year was without a doubt an extremely turbulent year, not just in my own life, but also in the global world of politics; the world of entertainment (loss of so many famous people) and in the world of our environment (learning of the real impact of global warming).  We, as humans though, can often look back, reflecting on the all the negatives, but sometimes, I feel, it is better to focus on all the positives that happen. I personally faced extreme lows in 2016, but in keeping with my last post related to my New Year resolutions, I decided to remind myself of allRead More…

Shortlisted for KPMG Awards

At the end of Enterprise Irelands New Frontiers Programme, only a select few got on to the next round, Phase 3. This is where I became a finalist at this intensive stage to pitch to giants, KPMG. “Our next winner is a mum to three children, who each have chronic illnesses. Keeping an eye on three children at the best of times isn’t easy, but Olive found herself really struggling to track all the medication, appointments and paperwork that went along with chronic illness. This led her to her fourth baby ‘MediStori’. This was the speech that led to me hearingRead More…