TWELVE female-led businesses have been awarded grants worth an average of €50,000 from Enterprise Ireland.
The businesses include jewellery company Coldlilies and style service Frockadvisor.
The others are design website Fab Studio, new materials maker DiaNia Technologies, small business software provider Cloud KPI, Vac Travel, aPperbook, TestReach, Market Finder, It’s Beside You, Medxnote and Idoneus Medical Services.
The funding was awarded through Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs.
There was a 100pc increase in the number of female-led high potential start-ups in 2013, the organisation said.
“A key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is encouraging more businesses to start-up, grow, and create jobs. Making sure that we have an increase in the number of female-led start-ups is part of that strategy” said chief executive Julie Sinnamon. “In line with this strategy Enterprise Ireland launched a new women-in-business drive to support female entrepreneurs, which attracted a very high level of applicants with ambitious and innovative projects. The launch of the peer to peer online networking platform, supporting female led companies will help to continue to significantly boost the number of high potential female-led business start-ups. This initiative is part of a drive by Enterprise Ireland to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs”.
The export-orientated grant body also said it is to launch an online networking site aimed at connecting female entrepreneurs.