Visa yesterday launched its global programme ‘She’s Next, Empowered by Visa’ in Ireland, to support women-led small and independent businesses, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Europe’s inaugural She’s Next programme will provide additional funding options for women business-owners in Ireland, with the chance to apply for one of five grants totalling €25,000.
In partnership with the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses IFundWomen, women entrepreneurs in Ireland, across all industries and sectors, are invited to apply for one of five €5,000 grants. The winning businesses will also be awarded mentorship and coaching from IFundWomen for one year to support them with moving their business forward.
The She’s Next Grant Programme, in partnership with IFundWomen, is open to small businesses and organisations who are majority owned by women, operating across all industries and sectors, through a simple application process. To enter, applicants are asked to submit details about their business and online presence at IFundWomen.com/VisaIreland.
Applications are invited under five different categories:
General awards for
Micro business: sole proprietorships or microbusinesses with no more than two employees
Early-stage business: Businesses founded and incorporated within the last 24 months
Small business: Any small business with less than 50 employees
Additional two categories for:
Innovation: Businesses in science, technology, engineering or medicine that are focused on developing new technologies.
Social impact: Small businesses and not for profit organisations that have made a positive impact on their communities.
Applications are now open until 2 November 2021 at IFundWomen.com/VisaIreland.
Commenting on the initiative, Country Manager Ireland at Visa, Dominic White said, "The pandemic has impacted all small businesses across the country, but women business-owners have been disproportionately affected. Visa wants to spotlight and address the challenges faced by women and the gender imbalance that still exists in early entrepreneurship. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in Ireland, and we all have a role to play in supporting them as they get back on their feet. To ensure they get the support needed, we are committed to providing the tools, resources, insights and networking opportunities that can help them grow their businesses. We’re excited to be bringing this opportunity to women-owned businesses in Ireland today and hope these grants will support them in making their next move."