Finola Fegan of and Finca Skin Organics wins Fuelling Ambition Roadshow North-East Elevator Pitch Competition worth €4000

6th July, 2017

Winner North East Elevator Pitch Cavan
L-R: seated: Former Minister Mary O’Rourke; Finola Fegan of and Sarita Johnston, Enterprise Ireland. L-R: back row: Joanne Hession, Entrepreneurs Academy; Rebecca Harrison, President, Network Ireland; Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse and Dragon’s Den; Marcella Rudden, LEO Cavan and Dr. Christine Cross, University of Limerick.

Over 125 business women and entrepreneurs attended the Fuelling Ambition ‘Steps to Success’ Roadshow in the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan on Wednesday 28 June. The event was organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with Cavan Local Enterprise Office (LEO), the Entrepreneurs Academy and Cavan Business Women’s Club. The aim of the roadshow was to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs by showcasing the ‘Steps to Success’ of thriving Irish business women and entrepreneurs.

Cavan was the final destination for the roadshow which visited seven locations nationwide. A feature of each event was an Elevator Pitch competition worth €4,000 at each location. The winner of the North-East competition is Finola Fegan, creator of the website and Finca Skin Organics from Dundalk, Co. Louth. Having suffered from rosacea for many years, Finola created an organic skincare serum to help treat the condition. She also developed the website which offers support, encouragement and advice to those suffering from this condition.

The prize package is designed to fast-track each winner along the steps to business success and includes: 

  • 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.

Guest speakers at the roadshow were local entrepreneur Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Drogheda and Dragon’s Den and Dr Christine Cross, University of Limerick, and the event was moderated by former Government Minister, Mary O’Rourke. Representatives from Enterprise Ireland, LEO Cavan, Network Ireland and Cavan Business Women’s Club were on hand to discuss the range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The event provided women with an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business people.


For further information, please contact:

Paula Chase

Press Officer

Enterprise Ireland

+353 1727 2842 

Paula Chase