“Imagine, if we were radically generous to each other, what we could do.”

This was the suggestion pitched to the Inspirefest 2016 audience by Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO.

This global collaboration network creates communities of 1,000 women, with each woman contributing $1,000 to create a $1m fund for women entrepreneurs.

With a pilot launched in Canada last July, the goal of SheEO is to reach 1,000 communities by 2020. That adds up to $1bn of capital going to women entrepreneurs in the next four years – a prospect unsurprisingly met with great applause in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Words by Elaine Burke