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Startups led by Ambitious Women
Startups led by Ambitious Women
Startups led by Ambitious Women

Calling all Ambitious Women, Your Potential is our Priority


Enterprise Ireland launches first online networking platform for female entrepreneurs

On 24th January the Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD launched Enterprise Ireland’s first peer-to-peer online networking platform for female-led companies. Read the Press Release.

Ensuring that Irish business women realise their full business potential is critical to Irish Economic prosperity and a major priority for Enterprise Ireland. 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. 

The Enterprise Ireland Female Entrepreneurship Unit was established to develop a strategy to support ambitious women grow scalable businesses

The strategy focuses on a number of initiatives including;

  • identification and promotion of role models
  • dedicated competitive female funding initiatives
  • sponsorship of events and awards
  • supporting role to existing and new networks
  • dedicated ambitious women section on the corporate website
  • Launch of an online networking platform for Female Entrepreneurs on Friday 24th of January 2014.

We have a range of tailored supports to help ambitious women to optimise their business success.  

For further information on our current Competitive Start Fund open calls, please visit Competitive Start Fund homepage

As well as tailored start-up supports, Enterprise Ireland has a range of initiatives to support ambitious business women.  Information concerning this can be found in our Supports for High Potential Start-ups’ Section.

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!  Email us at

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Enterprise Ireland sponsored Development Programmes

Going For Growth – call for applications from female entrepreneurs

Going for Growth is an initiative which supports female entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas.  The initiative is open to women entrepreneurs who are trading in their current business for at least two years, who own at least 50% of their business, are working full time in that business and are strongly focused on growth.  If this description fits you, and you would like to be considered for inclusion in the forthcoming cycle, then please register your interest on the website and you will receive an application form.

The Going for Growth initiative is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Justice and Equality under the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013 and by Enterprise Ireland female entrepreneurship iniatives.

Please note that the final date for receipt of completed application forms is Monday 27th January 2014.

Female Propeller Programme for High Fliers- Call for applications from female entrepreneurs.

DCU Ryan Academy supported by the Enterprise Ireland female entrepreneurship initiatives is launching a Female Propeller Programme for High Fliers, an accelerator programme for female led start-ups to specifically address the challenges facing female entrepreneurs.

The 13 week programme consists of 1 day per week with classroom based and one-to-one mentoring, networking, grant assistance and ends with a Demo Day with some lucrative prizes for the winning pitch.

Click here for further information on the programme. Closing date for the programme is Monday 27th January @ 5pm.