60 female entrepreneurs sought for Going for Growth initiative

16 Jan 2017

More than 450 female entrepreneurs have participated in the initiative, resulting in increased sales and employment. Image: Uber Images/Shutterstock

60 female entrepreneurs have until this week to get their applications in for the Enterprise Ireland/KPMG Going for Growth initiative.

Going for Growth describes itself as a unique programme of peer support focused on growth to women owner-managers, regardless of sector.

More than 450 female entrepreneurs have participated in the initiative to date.

The evidence from these previous participants is that the peer support approach delivers major impacts for both the entrepreneur and for her business.

These include reducing psychological isolation and increasing confidence, motivation and know-how, which leads to the achievement of growth goals.

Reports from last year’s programme show that participants’ businesses experienced a combined growth in sales over the cycle of €7.5m (up 28pc), the number of exporters increased by 43pc and employment rose to 485 (up 17pc).

Female entrepreneurs go for growth

This year’s programme will run from February to June 2017.

The selection process is competitive and the critical factor is that successful applicants need to demonstrate a significant desire for growth.

The deadline for entries is 20 January and it is understood that applications are pouring in fast.

Interested entrepreneurs should register their interest here and an application form will be issued to them.

Going for Growth won the European Enterprise Promotion Award 2015 for the Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years