Pictured at Blackstone LaunchPad: Natalie Walsh, Edel Browne and Mary Carty

Three nominees from Blackstone LaunchPad NUI Galway have been shortlisted as finalists for the Women Mean Business Awards 2016: Executive Director, Mary Carty, Program Manager, Natalie Walsh and Student Entrepreneur in Residence, Edel Browne.

Women Mean Business Awards celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The awards serve to promote Irish female entrepreneurs and help increase the visibility of inspiring female business leaders.

Carty and Walsh are both shortlisted for the Boots WMB Empowering Women Award which recognises the initiatives made by companies and individuals to facilitate and encourage the progression of women in their careers.

19-year-old Edel Browne, founder of Free Feet Medical, is shortlisted for the Sodexo WMB Female Newcomer Award. This award is for a new start-up where the recipient demonstrates outstanding innovation within her business.

The news comes as a boost to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Galway.

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