Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D., recently launched the programme of events for National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) 2018 taking place on Thursday 18th October with 16 major female entrepreneurial events planned across the country.
This initiative is led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, and funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities. The Local Enterprise Offices have organised a programme of events under the theme “From Local To Global” aimed at inspiring and educating the next generation of female business leaders to take their local ideas and make them a global success.
In 2017 the Local Enterprise Offices played a key role in supporting female entrepreneurs across the country to start, and grow, their business. Over 18,500 female entrepreneurs took part in training, mentoring and networking programmes with their Local Enterprise Office in 2017. The Local Enterprise Offices also supported over 280 female run businesses with funding last year to help them start, and grow their business.
NWED events are taking place in Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow and will attract over 1,000 women in business and female entrepreneurs nationwide.
Some of those who will be speaking at the events across the country include; Mary McKenna (Tour America), Catherine Roycroft (Cartoon Saloon), Marissa Carter (Cocoa Brown), Norah Casey (Harmonia), Vanessa Tierney (Abodoo), Oonagh O’Hagan (Meagher’s Pharmacy), Marie Mohan (Greenfield Foods) and Sarah Slazenger (Powerscourt Estate). They will also be joined by Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister Pat Breen, T.D. and Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland.