The Big Interview

Lisa Ainsworth predicts sales of €5m this year for her venture Nuwave Sensors

Businesswoman and electronic engineer Lisa Ainsworth together with her husband founded Nuwave Sensors, a company that designs and manufactures smart sensors that monitor air quality in controlled environments

Stephen Daniels and Lisa Ainsworth, the husband and wife founders of Nuwave Sensors: the couple personally funded the development of the company as it built out and perfected its product range. Picture: Michael McLaughlin

Lisa Ainsworth has a CV to match any corporate leader in Irish business today.

Having qualified with a degree in electronic engineering from DCU in the early 1990s, she soon found herself working as a process engineer for one of the world’s largest and oldest multinational corporations – General Electric (GE).

Over a career that spanned almost two decades with the US conglomerate, which counts inventor Thomas Edison among its founders, Ainsworth worked her way ...