Join us for National Women's Enterprise Day 2022

LEO Cork City is encouraging female entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen all across the city to register for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day. Now in its 16th year, the annual Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative will take place on Thursday, 13th October 2022.

This year’s theme ‘Our future, Our Way’ aims to celebrate the successes of female entrepreneurs and inspire female start-ups.

16 major entrepreneurial events are planned nationally, including the Cork/Kerry event at The Brehon Hotel, Killarney hosted by Local Enterprise Offices in Cork and Kerry.

The day will begin with a Welcome Address by Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, followed by a networking event facilitated by Marie Wiseman, Wiser Marketing. Following an Afternoon Tea style lunch, Sonya Lennon, well known designer, broadcaster, social entrepreneur, and successful businesswoman will be the Keynote Speaker. The event also includes an interactive panel discussion of ‘Leading Lights’ representing LEOs Cork and Kerry hosted by MC Elaine Kinsella, Radio Kerry presenter and RTE Broadcaster.  LEO Cork City will be represented by Sara de Miguel Hernández, founder of Flowithme – a virtual wellness company that combines chair yoga, healthy cooking and life coaching services.

Local Enterprise Offices will demonstrate the supports available for female entrepreneurs in Cork and Kerry to help sustain and develop their businesses and ideas going into the future. Dr. Niall O’Keeffe, Head of Enterprise, LEO Cork City said: “National Women’s Enterprise Day has become a flagship event for women entrepreneurs and businesswomen every year.  While the past two years have seen successful online celebrations, it really is special to be back with an in-person event, amazing speakers and inspirational businesswomen.  This event can help you grow your network, find out what supports are available and learn from those who have gone before.”

All sectors are welcome from entrepreneurs with a business idea to start-ups and well-established businesses. Don’t miss out on this unique networking opportunity and celebration of women in business.

For further information on the event and to book your place, go to

Note: Places are limited. Bookings will close on Thursday, 6th October.  Places must be secured online before this date.  Unfortunately walk-ins on the day cannot be facilitated.


Additional Information

(1)   National Women’s Enterprise Day is a day of celebration of the very best in female entrepreneurship led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and is funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities.


(2)   The National Women’s Enterprise Day event for the South West is hosted by: 


  • 10:00      Registration and Informal Networking.  Grab a coffee and get to meet             

                other businesswomen from across your region  

  • 10:45       Welcome Address by Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council 
  • 11:00       "Setting the Scene":  Event introduction by MC Elaine Kinsella 
  • 11:10       Networking: networking event, facilitated by Marie Wiseman, Wiser Marketing, to

                allow attendees meet with the other businesswomen present 

  • 12:10      "I did it!"   Panel Discussion with our four "Leading Lights" from LEOs Cork &         

                Kerry hosted by MC Elaine Kinsella, Radio Kerry presenter and RTE broadcaster

                             Our "Leading Lights" are:

                                           *  Sara de Miguel Hernández - Flowithme   (LEO Cork City)

                                           *  Enrika Moore - Viska Systems                  (LEO Cork North & West)

                                           *  Rosie Mansfield - Premier TEFL               (LEO South Cork_

                                           *  Emily Brick - Athena Analytics                  (LEO Kerry)


  • 13:00       Afternoon Tea style networking lunch 
  • 14:00       Keynote Speaker: Sonya Lennon - designer, broadcaster, social entrepreneur and 

                      successful businesswoman


  • 15:00       Official event close.....however, there's no rush home!  Fresh tea and coffee will   

                be available and you are welcome to stay and continue networking 



(3)   Research has shown that Irish women’s belief in their ability to run a successful business is continuing to grow. The research, part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) for 2021, showed that 49% of women surveyed believed they had the necessary skills and knowledge to start a business.  This was up from 39% in 2018.  The report also highlighted that Ireland has the third highest rate for early-stage women entrepreneurs across European countries, with over 1,400 women starting a new business in Ireland every month. 

 Early-stage women entrepreneurs in Ireland are mainly focused on the customer services sector with 64% of those surveyed working in that area. The report showed a significant growth in export customers for these businesses, with 26% of customers of these early-stage startups based abroad, up from 15% in 2019 highlighting how they have diversified their markets during COVID-19.