Fin­gal LEO will mark Women’s En­ter­prise Day

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

FIN­GAL is get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day on Oc­to­ber 12.

Fin­gal will par­tic­i­pate in a Dublin re­gional event tak­ing place in The Pavil­ion, Leop­ard­stown Race­course with An Tá­naiste, Frances Fitzger­ald TD as open­ing speaker, at the col­lab­o­ra­tive event be­ing or­gan­ised by the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices in Fin­gal, Dún Laoghaire-rath­down, Dublin City and South Dublin.

Fif­teen Leo-led events tak­ing place across the coun­try on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12 to en­cour­age more women in Ire­land to ‘open doors to new mar­kets’ for their busi­nesses.

All 31 LEOS, in­clud­ing Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Fin­gal, are be­hind the ini­tia­tive and to­gether, they jointly sup­ported over 14,000 fe­male en­trepreneurs in 2016.

LEOS are en­list­ing the help of es­tab­lished fe­male en­trepreneurs to act as Lo­cal Am­bas­sadors and share their suc­cess sto­ries.

Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice Fin­gal is team­ing up with LEOS in Dún Laoghaire-rath­down, Dublin City and South Dublin to or­gan­ise an event for as­pir­ing fe­male en­trepreneurs and fe­male-led busi­nesses across the re­gion at The Pavil­ion in Leop­ard­stown Race­course on Oc­to­ber 12.

Spe­cial guests in­clude Ciara Clancy of Beats Med­i­cal and Roisín Ho­gan of Hiro by Roisín and the pro­gramme also in­cludes one-to-one men­tor­ing, net­work­ing, panel dis­cus­sion and an ex­hi­bi­tion of en­ter­prise sup­ports.

‘Open doors to new mar­kets’ is the theme for Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day in 2017 as the Global En­trepreneur­ship Mon­i­tor (GEM) re­ports that 27% of early stage fe­male en­trepreneurs in Ire­land ex­pect to get more than a quar­ter of their rev­enues from over­seas work.

The LEOS have a range of sup­ports that can help busi­nesses to re­alise those ex­pec­ta­tions and lo­cal events will fea­ture fe­male am­bas­sadors who have al­ready suc­cess­fully availed of some of those sup­ports.

Head of Fin­gal Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice, Oisín Geoghe­gan said: ‘2017 will be the big­gest Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day yet with fif­teen events tak­ing place all over the coun­try to help open more doors to new mar­kets for Ire­land’s fe­male en­trepreneurs.

Through fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, mi­cro­fi­nance loans, men­tor­ing, train­ing and net­work­ing, the LEOS sup­port thou­sands of fe­male en­trepreneurs ev­ery year and we want to cel­e­brate their in­spir­ing suc­cess sto­ries across the coun­try on Oc­to­ber 12.’

He con­tin­ued: ‘Our event for lo­cal en­trepreneurs here in the Dublin re­gion prom­ises to be an up­lift­ing day, with lots of ad­vice, in­sights and in­for­ma­tion for fe­male en­trepreneurs and those plan­ning to start a busi­ness.

‘Places are lim­ited though, so we’re ad­vis­ing ev­ery­one to book early.’

An­nounc­ing the full pro­gramme of events across the coun­try, An Tá­naiste and Min­is­ter for Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion, Frances Fitzger­ald TD said: ‘I am de­lighted to launch the big­gest-ever pro­gramme of events to mark Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day in Oc­to­ber. ‘Open doors to new mar­kets’ is a very fit­ting theme for this year’s Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day. The Global En­trepreneur­ship Mon­i­tor re­search shows that women in Ire­land are am­bi­tious to grow their busi­nesses in­ter­na­tion­ally and my De­part­ment, through the rel­e­vant agen­cies, are pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary sup­ports to help busi­nesses ex­plore and max­imise the mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able fur­ther afield. I would en­cour­age even more women to use their LEO to avail of the many sup­ports and help them max­imise the po­ten­tial of their busi­ness in new mar­kets.’

Also at­tend­ing the event, En­ter­prise Ire­land’s Fe­male En­trepreneur­ship Man­ager, Sarita Johnston, said: ‘Work­ing with am­bi­tious fe­male led start-ups re­mains a key fo­cus for En­ter­prise Ire­land and we are very keen to work with women start­ing in­no­va­tive busi­nesses that are fo­cused on build­ing scale and ex­pand­ing reach in new mar­kets. In part­ner­ship with the LEOS and Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties, En­ter­prise Ire­land will con­tinue to sup­port and in­crease the num­ber of fe­male en­trepreneurs with the global am­bi­tion to scale and suc­ceed.’

An Tá­naiste and Min­is­ter for Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion, Frances Fitzger­ald T.D. has launched the big­gest-ever pro­gramme of events to mark Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day (NWED), which is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices (LEOS) on Thurs­day, 12 Oc­to­ber. The fo­cus of Na­tional Women’s En­ter­prise Day for 2017 is on fa­cil­i­tat­ing and en­cour­ag­ing ac­cess to new mar­kets by fe­male en­trepreneurs.

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