Information Session - Ambition Female Accelerator Programme

6:30 - 8pm

Join us on this info session to find out if this programme is for you!

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Ambition Programme 2023 Closing Date Friday, 30th June 2023 at midnight.

Open Night

Register to attend the Ambition Open Night on Thursday, 15th June 2023 at 18.30hrs (Online)


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It has been a year of discovery for this Ambition cohort. Read about their experience.

Ambition, what it is...

Ambition is an exciting accelerator programme that focuses on female entrepreneurs to promote the skills and resilience needed to develop globally scalable ventures, attract investment and create jobs.

Who is eligible?

The Ambition programme is open to:

  • Any Female Founder or Co-Founder
  • Residents of County Leitrim, Donegal or Sligo
  • With a concept for a new product or services across any sector with a particular focus on technology and digital solutions
  • Global scalability potential
  • A team (preferably more than one person)
  • With a commitment to grow a business from County Leitrim, Donegal or Sligo, no matter where in the world you live at the moment

General Guidelines

  • Applicants should preferably be part of a team (more than one person). There are no limits on each team's number of members; however, teams may only select up to three participants to complete the workshops.


Ambition Selection

We are looking for innovative new business ideas amongst early-stage female entrepreneurs. Convince us that your business idea is the next big thing, and you will receive support to develop your business idea from concept to pitch.

Up to twelve businesses will be selected to participate in twelve half-day workshops. These will be chosen based on criteria including: the scale of ambition, the size of the problem to be solved, early market understanding, a clear competitive advantage, feasible business model and strength and diversity of the team.

Teams must be available to participate on all programme days as outlined. At the end of the programme showcase, a Judging Panel comprising leading entrepreneurs, executives and investors, will evaluate progress.

2023 Timeline

05/09/23Workshop 109.30hrs – 14.00hrsOrientation (in person at the LEO Donegal office)
12/09/23Workshop 209.30hrs – 13.00hrsProblem Framing (Oonline)
19/09/23Workshop 309.30hrs – 13.00hrsProblem Framing Applied (Online)
26/09/23Workshop 409.30hrs – 13.00hrsCustomer Discovery (Online)
03/10/23Workshop 509.30hrs – 13.00hrsCustomer Discovery Applied (Online)
Break week for customer discovery
17/10/23Workshop 609.30hrs – 13.00hrsValue Proposition (Online)
24/10/23Workshop 709.30hrs – 13.00hrsValue Proposition Applied (Online)
31/10/23Workshop 809.30hrs – 13.00hrsMarket Sizing (Online)
07/11/23Workshop 909.30hrs – 13.00hrsMarket Sizing Applied (Online)
14/11/23Workshop 1009.30hrs – 13.00hrsPresentation Skills (Online)
Break week for presentation preperation
28/11/23Workshop 11One-to-One Mentorship (Online)
05/12/23Workshop 1209.30hrs – 13.00hrsPractice Pitch
12/12/23Programme Showcase09.30hrs – 14.00hrs(In-person at the LEO Donegal office)

Teams must be available to participate in all sessions on the dates outlined above.

What they said about Ambition....

Ambition Cohort

  • “Clear schedule communication, excellent planning, very well organised and quality speakers’.
  • “I really enjoyed learning from and with other women. It was a constructive and safe learning environment”.
  • “The content was well structured and each module built on the previous one. I now have good tools that I can continue to use in the future”.
  • “The support and experience from mentors was invaluable, the belief in each of our businesses was really nice and encouraging”.
  • “The ‘Ambition Buddy’ was a wonderful support and the suggestion of weekly catch up calls with participants”.
  • “The genuine challenge and the generosity of time, energy, effort and opinion”.
  • “Loved it!”

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