Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and the Entrepreneurs Academy, is announcing the 2nd nationwide Fuelling Ambition Steps to Success roadshow targeting existing and potential female entrepreneurs.
The aim of the roadshow is to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs nationally by showcasing the ‘Steps to Success’ of thriving Irish business women and entrepreneurs who are either Enterprise Ireland or LEO client companies.
The roadshow will visit Wicklow (5 April), Kilkenny (6 April), Portlaoise (25 April), Castlebar (26 April), Sligo (11 May), Bunratty (14 June) and Cavan (28 June). Building on the successful ‘Fuelling Ambition’ initiative introduced in 2016, this year’s roadshow will introduce an Elevator Pitch competition with a prize package worth €4,000 at each location including:
- 10 sessions with Enterprise Ireland Mentors and attendance at Enterprise Ireland’s Excel at Export Selling training programme
- Annual membership of Network Ireland
- Leadership training programme with the Entrepreneurs Academy, a national entrepreneur development organisation that has trained and supported 30,000 start-ups and small businesses.
Participants at the roadshow will hear from relevant keynote speakers and successful female entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and insights on the road to business success. Representatives from Enterprise Ireland, the LEOs and Network Ireland will be on hand to discuss the wide range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The events will also provide an opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and business people.
Launching the roadshows, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “The objective of these roadshows is to encourage and develop female entrepreneurship regionally. These roadshows will provide insights into the ‘steps to success’ taken by successful business women and entrepreneurs right across the country. I urge every woman, be she an existing business woman,or one thinking of starting her own business, to come along to these events. Itcould be the first step to success for some, and the next steps to success forothers. Each event will be informative, interesting and packed with encouragementand ambition.”
Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said: “A key focus for Enterprise Ireland issupporting companies to start, innovate and scale by realising their growthpotential and global ambition. Female entrepreneurship in Ireland is currently at20% – up from just 7% six years ago. This upward trend is very encouraging, butwe want to see more women starting their own businesses and more womensuccessfully scaling their existing businesses. We are delighted to be working withNetwork Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices and the Entrepreneurs Academy toconnect with and encourage as many existing and potential female entrepreneursas possible.”
President of Network Ireland, Rebecca Harrison said: “Network Ireland is theleading networking organisation for professional women in Ireland and we aredelighted to bring the ‘Fuelling Ambition – Steps to Success’ roadshow to womenacross Ireland. The event aims to further encourage, support and drive theambition of female entrepreneurs nationally and locally. Inspirational businesswomen and entrepreneurs will share their ‘steps to success’ with hundreds ofexisting and potential female entrepreneurs over the next three months. Anexciting addition to this year’s event is the Elevator Pitch competitions which areopen to all attendees. An exciting prize package worth €4,000 at each event willhelp fast-track the seven regional winners through the steps to success.”
The roadshows are free of charge to existing and potential entrepreneurs andbusiness women. To avoid disappointment, booking is strongly advised. Full detailsand booking information are available on http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/ambitiouswomen, http://www.networkireland.ie and http://www.localenterprise.ie