Fifteen women entrepreneurs supported by the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) have started an online business accelerator programme delivered by the Dublin Business Innovation Centre.
The CSF is managed by Enterprise Ireland. The aspiring entrepreneurs are taking part in the 12-week ‘Innovate’ programme which is designed to help participants to get their start-ups investor-ready while also developing a supportive peer network.
The entrepreneurs, who secured up to €50k each in CSF funding, come from across Ireland and have new businesses set for global markets in sectors including digital, e-health, data intelligence and green technologies.
“Increasing the number of women entrepreneurs and growing the number of women business leaders are top priorities for Enterprise Ireland,” says Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Damien English TD. “Greater gender diversity in senior roles will lead to better businesses.”
Dublin-based start-up Positive Carbon provides automated food waste monitoring for hotels and kitchens, saving them thousands of euro each month on their food bills. Co-founder and COO, Aisling Kirwan is one of the entrepreneurs partaking in the Innovate programme.
“It’s a particularly tricky time to be starting a business. Thanks to the funding and support, we know that we are going to excel and be able to bring our solution to hotels all across the country and beyond.”
“Supporting women to start high-growth businesses is just one objective. Another is to increase the number of women in leadership roles. We currently have a part-time key manager grant on offer to Enterprise Ireland client companies. While the grant is available for both women and men key managers, it is expected to attract more women into senior management roles,” says Jenny Melia, divisional manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland
Find more information on the ‘Part-Time Key Manager’ grant here.
Pictured are Jenny Melia, HPSU divisional manager, Enterprise Ireland; Aisling Kirwan, co-founder and COO, Positive Carbon; and Minister Damien English TD.