Ballymena entrepreneur Rachael proves she is just ‘Pitch Perfect’

A Ballymena software engineer turned ardent entrepreneur has won the Perfect Pitch competition, at the IoD Northern Ireland Women’s Leadership Conference, securing £4,000 in funding for her start-up business.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:15 am

Rachael Coulter is CEO and founder of Stable Manager, a digital platform connecting horse owners with service providers offering the perfect technical solution for horse management.

She was one of the six female entrepreneurs to ‘pitch’ for viewer votes during this year’s virtual conference at which speakers included Nadiya Hussain and Erin Brockovich.

Rachael said: “I’m thrilled to have been awarded the Pitch Perfect winner. As a software engineer, I’ve spent a lot of time building the product and it really was amazing to get to pitch to the viewers and for them to like what they heard.

Ballymena entrepreneur Rachael Coulter has won the Perfect Pitch competition at the IoD Women’s Leadership Conference
Ballymena entrepreneur Rachael Coulter has won the Perfect Pitch competition at the IoD Women’s Leadership Conference

“I’ve been involved with horses for over 15 years now, I grew up on Pony Club and now I’m a grand prix dressage rider and I just felt there was really a need for a technical solution to horse management, allowing us to spend more time with our horses and less time stuck in the office.

“The funding and mentoring I will receive is invaluable especially as a young female founder in business and will support my vision of helping bring the equestrian sector into the 21st century and beyond.”

IoD NI National Director Kirsty McManus said: “Congratulations to Rachael and her fantastic start-up Stable Manager.

All pitches this year were terrific and are a true reflection of just a few of the amazing female founded enterprises we have here in Northern Ireland. During a year of such difficultly for businesses and our local economy, gathering local enterprises together and showcasing their business ventures brings hope”.