‘Don’t be afraid to fail’ women advised at enterprise conference
Research continuously, nurture “good people”, and don’t be afraid to fail was the advice given by women to women at the National Women’s Enterprise Day conference in Galway yesterday.
About 13,450 women are initiating new businesses annually, or more than 1,100 every month, according to the State’s Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) network which hosted the two-day event.
However, just one in three women have a positive view of their personal entrepreneurial capabilities, according to last year’s (2013) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report for Ireland.
Addressing some 300 participants who attended the two-day event, Siobhán Lawless of The Foods of Athenry company said that women “tend to be more self-critical than men” and “take failure in business more personally”.
“Failure is not the problem – it’s how you deal with it,” Ms Lawless said, recalling how her and her husband’s Co Galway business recovered from a serious fire in 2011.