Ensuring that Irish business women realise their full business potential is critical to Irish Economic prosperity and a major priority for Enterprise Ireland. Research internationally indicates that lack of role models, low self confidence, lack of technical expertise, lower levels of risk taking and limited access to appropriate networking opportunities continue to be the main challenges facing female entrepreneurs in 2014.
Addressing the under representation of female-led businesses that start a business and achieve considerable scale, requires a tailored, focussed approach in terms of support, personal development and networking opportunities. Enterprise Ireland Female Entrepreneurship Unit was established to support ambitious women grow scalable businesses and to address the key challenges impacting on the growth of female led business opportunities. The strategy focuses on a number of initiatives which include:
Enterprise Ireland co-funding a number of key specific tailored development programmes to support ambitious women optimise their business success. These include:
Sponsorship of women in business awards to identify and promote role models:
Specific financial funds, including:
Competitive Female Feasibility Fund
The total fund size is up to €250,000. Applications for funding are considered on a competitive basis.
Female Competitive Start Fund
The total fund size is up to €500,000. Applications for funding are considered on a competitive basis.
Enterprise Ireland is keen to hear stories of business success from ambitious women. If you have an interesting story of business success, we’d love to hear it!