Sunday 23 April 2017

'We want to see more women starting their own businesses' - 'Steps to Success' roadshow kicks off next month

‘Steps to Success’ is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and Connect Ireland
‘Steps to Success’ is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and Connect Ireland

Sean Duffy

A roadshow aimed at supporting Irish businesswomen through local enterprise offices will begin next month.

‘Steps to Success’ is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and Connect Ireland that will run from April 5 until the end of June at different locations around the country.

It is the second year the roadshow has been rolled out nationally.

This year, a €4,000 prize package has been added that will provide one female entrepreneur at each location with access to Enterprise Ireland mentors, membership of the organisation, as well as participation at a leadership training programme.

“A key focus for Enterprise Ireland is supporting companies to start, innovate and scale by realising their growth potential and global ambition,” said Enterprise Ireland ceo Julie Sinnamon.

“Female entrepreneurship in Ireland is currently at 20pc - up from just 7pc six years ago. This upward trend is very encouraging, but we want to see more women starting their own businesses,” she added.

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Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor said:

“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”.

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).

Elsewhere, a global non-profit organisation that aims to empower women in technology has launched a chapter in Dublin. Girls in Tech has 60 chapters worldwide aims to provide a framework for women in the tech industry to advance their careers.

“I’m thrilled that we are launching our first Girls in Tech here in Dublin. We are already all over the world across sixty countries and recently celebrated our tenth anniversary in December 2016,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder of Girls in Tech.

“With over 55k members we are looking forward to signing up members in Ireland and giving them access to our global membership,” she added.

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