Ulster Bank's Gabi Burnside wins top female talent award

  • Gabi Burnside, entrepreneur acceleration manager with Ulster Bank has been included in the list of WeAreTheCity.com’s top 100 female role models.

    The site is a free, centralised hub for women in tech who want to progress in their careers, and Gabi was selected as one of the winners in its 2020 Rising Star awards.

    The awards aim to showcase the best female talent across 20 different industries throughout the UK.

    Gabi - who has been part of Ulster Bank’s entrepreneurship team since 2018 - was named as one of five rising stars in the ‘Banking and Capital Markets’ category.

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    The awards were judged by a panel of over 40 independent judges who shortlisted 200 candidates to face the final stage of the competition which received over 3500 public votes.

    Gabi began her career working in policy for a tech start-up, Ineqe before her background in economics and corporate governance brought her to the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

    Here she managed support programmes for SMEs and large businesses to trade internationally.

    Now, as one of two acceleration managers with Ulster Bank’s entrepreneurship team, Gabi coaches up to 80 entrepreneurs who are starting or scaling a business.

    To date, her mentees have raised nearly £5m in investment and funding and had turnovers of around £6.5m.

    While the awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gabi is still planning to celebrate her achievements with the Ulster Bank team.

    She said: “It’s a great honour to have been recognised on this list with so many other talented female leaders who are excelling in their field and working hard to progress the role of women in the workplace.

    “While it’s slightly disappointing we can’t celebrate together, I’ve enjoyed some virtual celebrations with my Ulster Bank colleagues and am looking forward to meeting all the winners when the time comes.”

    John Ferris, Ulster Bank’s entrepreneur development manager congratulated Gabi on her win, announcing: “The award is a fitting testament to her hard work and we’re extremely proud of all that she has achieved.”

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