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Women in Entrepreneurship: Áine Kerr and Kinzen

This is the second article in a series highlighting female entrepreneurs in celebration of the launch of Enterprise Ireland’s Level Project, a planning toolkit aimed toward helping businesses develop gender-balanced leadership teams. The women highlighted in this series are all working to transform multiple sectors globally including healthcare, cybersecurity, education technology, agricultural technology, and skincare. 

Áine Kerr is the Co-Founder & COO of Kinzen, a company that helps platforms detect and disrupt disinformation campaigns and dangerous content. Kerr spent over seven years working as a Political Correspondent and News Reporter with The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, and The Irish Examiner. She was awarded Woman of the Year in Media 2018 by Irish Tatler Magazine at their annual awards ceremony and was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by Women Mean Business.  Kerr is also a member of Enterprise Ireland’s Going for Growth community, which assists ambitious women entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations. 

Áine has previously led global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team in New York focused on building products for journalists and improving news literacy for news consumers. Before Facebook, Áine spent five years at Storyful, where she served as Head of Content and Political Editor.

Kerr Co-Founded Kinzen with Mark Little. Kerr and Little first worked together at Storyful, which Little founded, and the two later combined both of their expertise and experiences in the online media industry when they founded Kinzen together.

Kinzen provides technology solutions that protect online communities and public conversation from disinformation campaigns and dangerous content. Kinzen works with their clients to customize roadmaps for current and future coverage. Kinzen is a global company with a presence in Ireland and the US as well as other markets including Asia, India, the Middle East, and Latin America. 

Kinzen offers two solutions: Understand and Detect.

Understand uses Kinzen’s technology to detect and score information risk in text, audio, and video content. It utilizes both human judgment and artificial intelligence and can be integrated into existing workflows.

Detect consists of the ​​Kinzen network monitoring emerging cross-platform information risk and helping organizations get ahead of the curve of disinformation campaigns and dangerous content through alerts, briefings, and research.

The work that Kerr is doing with Kinzen is making a booming global market, online media, safer and more reliable. Enterprise Ireland’s support of Kinzen proves that Irish companies are at the forefront of innovative solutions to current issues. The solutions they provide will continue to combat these issues far into the future.

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