The biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) was launched by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald yesterday.
The events are being organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 12 October 2017. They have enlisted the help of established female entrepreneurs to act as Local Ambassadors and share their success stories.
The initiative will include networking events featuring presentations by over 60 successful female entrepreneurs and business professionals will be held all over the country, from Cork to Donegal and from Mayo to Dublin.
The focus of National Women’s Enterprise Day for 2017 is on facilitating and encouraging access to new markets by female entrepreneurs. The LEOs have a range of supports that can help businesses to realise those expectations and the NWED events will feature female ambassadors who have already successfully availed of some of those supports.
This year’s Ambassadors include:
Mary-Ann O’ Brien of Lily O’ Brien’s Chocolates
Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, Ciara Clancy of Beats Medical
Lady Chanelle McCoy of Chanelle Medical
Fashion Designer Heidi Higgins
Sammy Leslie of Castle Leslie Estate
Dr. Xuemei Germaine of MicroGen
Fionnuala Ardee of Kilruddery Estate Enterprises
Speaking yesterday, 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."