Theya Healthcare’s Ciara Donlon wins Cartier award

Irish entrepreneur named among 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards laureates

Cyrille Vigneron, president and chief executive of Cartier; Ciara Donlon, chief executive of Theya Healthcare; and Ilian Mihov, dean of Insead.

Irish entrepreneur Ciara Donlon has been named Laureate for Europe at the 2017 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.

Ms Donlon, who is founder and chief executive of Theya Healthcare, received the award at the ceremony in Singapore. She was one of six laureates selected by an independent international jury, with almost 1,900 applicants considered from over 120 countries.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards recognise female entrepreneurs from around the world heading up creative, socially impactful and financially sustainable start-ups.

Networking opportunities

The prize money awarded to each laureate’s business now stands at $100,000. Each 2017 laureate is granted a place on an Insead Executive Programme, receives a year of personal mentoring and can take advantage of networking opportunities.


Theya Healthcare designs and manufactures healthcare garments, with the company’s flagship post-surgery lingerie range aimed mainly at breast cancer patients. The NovaUCD headquartered firm was founded by Ms Donlon in 2014.

“I’ve always believed in Theya Healthcare because I know we can make a real difference to patients, but to have a prestigious organisation like the Cartier Women’s Initiatives Awards say that they believe in us too is such an incredible validation of what we do,” she said.

“Not only will the prize funding enable us to scale globally more quickly than we otherwise could, but the Insead training, as well as mentoring, network access, and media exposure will open so many new doors for us.”

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist