Development Programmes & Financial Funding for Women in Business

Ensuring that Irish business women realise their full business potential is critical to Irish Economic prosperity and a major priority for Enterprise Ireland. Research internationally indicates that lack of role models, low self confidence, lack of technical expertise, lower levels of risk taking and limited access to appropriate networking opportunities continue to be the main challenges facing female entrepreneurs in 2014.

Addressing the under representation of female-led businesses that start a business and achieve considerable scale, requires a tailored, focussed approach in terms of support, personal development and networking opportunities. Enterprise Ireland Female Entrepreneurship Unit was established to support ambitious women grow scalable businesses and to address the key challenges impacting on the growth of female led business opportunities. The strategy focuses on a number of initiatives which include:

Enterprise Ireland co-funding a number of key specific tailored development programmes to support ambitious women optimise their business success. These include:

Sponsorship of women in business awards to identify and promote role models: Specific financial funds, including:

Competitive Female Feasibility Fund

The total fund size is up to €250,000. Applications for funding are considered on a competitive basis.

Female Competitive Start Fund

The total fund size is up to €500,000. Applications for funding are considered on a competitive basis.

Further information/Contact

All relevant information is listed here on the Enterprise Ireland website.

Enterprise Ireland is keen to hear stories of business success from ambitious women. If you have an interesting story of business success, we’d love to hear it!



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Member Login

Business Insights & Tips


Jill Holtz
1869 Points
Tena Glaser
1386 Points
Michael Lane
802 Points
Ron Immink
732 Points
Fionan Murray
719 Points
View Leaderboard