National Women's Enterprise Day 2019

'Biggest-Ever' National Women's Enterprise Day set for October, as figures show over 22,000 female entrepreneurs received support last year

  • 17 Local Enterprise Office events on October 17th will celebrate female-led businesses in Ireland
  • An event for female entrepreneurs in Monaghan is taking place in Castle Leslie Estate
  • New Figures: 22,000 female entrepreneurs took part in LEO training programmes in 2018. 4,500 female entrepreneurs benefited from business mentoring in 2018
  • 'Making it Happen', theme for 2019 will encourage more women to start and grow their own business

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D. has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women's Enterprise Day (NWED) on Thursday, October 17th. Local Enterprise Offices are organising 17 entrepreneurial events across the country under the theme of 'Making it Happen',funded by the Government of Ireland in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities. 

To mark National Women's Enterprise Day, Local Enterprise Office Monaghan is organising a major event in Castle Leslie Estate. The guest speakers are Breda McCague; Transformation Specialist and Co-Founder of the Lean-In movement and Eimear Winters; Director of Sales and Marketing at Castle Leslie Estate. The local NWED ambassador for 2019 is Liz Christy of Handwoven by Liz Christy.

Figures released by Local Enterprise Offices to coincide with the launch reveal that 21,859 female participants took part in training programmes with their LEO in 2018, an increase of 18% on 2017 figures. There was also a big increase in the number of female entrepreneurs benefiting from business mentoring through their Local Enterprise Office last year - from 3,832 in 2017 up to 4,565 in 2018 (up by 19%).

NWED Group Photo

Heather Numphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said: "I am delighted to announce the biggest ever programme of events for National Women's Enterprise Day, which will take place at 17 events around the country on Thursday, October 17th. Ireland has some of the world's finest women in business. We want to showcase their wonderful work to encourage more women to get into business. Supporting and fostering female entrepreneurship is a priority in Future Jobs Ireland, our whole-of-Government plan to prepare our businesses and workers for the future. Last year, the LEOs provided training to 22,000 female entrepreneurs but we want to see these numbers grow even more."

Eilin Connolly with Local Enterprise Office Monaghan said: "The theme for this year's National Women's Enterprise Day on October 17th is 'Making it Happen' and we want to highlight all the supports that can 'make it happen' for women in County Monaghan that want to start or grow their bsuiness over the next year."

John McEntegart Head of Enterprise said: "It's great that nearly 40% of new business owners in Ireland are women, showing that the gender gap in narrowing according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report**. Through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices, we saw a higher take-up of supports by female entrepreneurs last year - from those that were looking to start a new business venture by themselves to those that wanted to grow an existing family business."

Minister Humphreys met nine NWED Ambassadors at the NWED programme launch, which was hosted by LEO Cavan at Hotel Kilmore. These included Vicki O'Toole of JJ O'Toole in Limerick (Ambassador for LEO Cavan event); Liz Christy of Handwoven in Ireland in Monaghan (Ambassador for LEO Monaghan event); Kate Gaynor of The Paint Hub in Carlow (Ambassador of LEO Carlow event); Dr. Wendy Oke of TeachKloud in Cork (Ambassador for joint LEO South Cork, Cork City, Cork North, Cork West & Kerry event) and Ann McGee of MIAS Pharma in Fingal (Ambassador for joint Leo FIngal, DUblin City, DLR and South Dublin event).

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