National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED) is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices that aims to encourage female entrepreneurship and support women in business across the country. Now in its 17th year, NWED takes place across Ireland on the 19th October. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is marking the day with an event in Lough Eske Castle on Thursday, 19th October from 5.30pm.


National Women’s Enterprise Day strives to empower even more women to set up their own businesses and to increase national recognition of the essential role played by Ireland’s female entrepreneurs. This event will consist of inspiring speakers, a panel discussion featuring local businesses, networking opportunities and the chance to meet your local enterprise support agency representatives.


Host and MC for the event is Anna Geary, broadcaster, All Ireland Winning Captain, and Mindset Expert. Anna will be joined by National Women’s Enterprise Day Ambassador and keynote speaker, Nora Casey, a former dragon, successful businesswoman, magazine publisher, television personality and broadcaster.


Panelists Áine Faughnan of Dromod Boxty, Isobel Sangha of Donegal Natural Soap and Helen Mulholland of Lough Gill Distillery will share their knowledge and experience of growing their respective brands and businesses.

 The theme of this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day is “Empowering Business Together” which will be reflected in events taking place across the country, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities. 


Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise Donegal said: “National Women’s Enterprise Day has become a flagship event for women entrepreneurs and businesswomen every year. This year, we’re delighted to have some amazing speakers and inspirational businesswomen join us in Lough Eske Castle. If you have that itch to start a business, or maybe you are already running a business, then this is the event for you. It can help you grow your network, find out what supports are available and learn from those who have gone before. Events like this are important in supporting positive improvement, providing women entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business with insights from leading businesswomen and introducing them to a network of entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail in the Irish market and overseas. Get registered and be a part of Ireland’s biggest celebration of women in business!”


National Women’s Enterprise Day events will cover a range of topics and are open to all aspiring female entrepreneurs, existing female business owners and anyone who wants to learn more about entrepreneurship and the topics being discussed on the day.  For more information and to book your spot, register here.