In an effort to address the under-representation of female-led businesses, a national roadshow designed specifically for women, is coming to Bunratty on 14th June. Organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and the Entrepreneurs Academy, this is the second Fuelling Ambition “Steps to Success” roadshow.

The roadshow aims to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs by showcasing the ‘Steps to Success’ of thriving Irish business women and entrepreneurs.  It kicks off in Wicklow on 5th April and will visit Bunratty Castle Hotel on 14th June.

This year’s event will feature an Elevator Pitch competition with a prize package worth €4,000 at each location. Relevant keynote speakers and successful female entrepreneurs will address participants at the roadshow to share their experiences on the road to business success.

Representatives from Enterprise Ireland, LEO and Network Ireland will be available to discuss the wide range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. Launching the roadshows, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “The objective of these roadshows is to encourage and develop female entrepreneurship regionally.

“These roadshows will provide insights into the ‘steps to success’ taken by successful business women and entrepreneurs right across the country. I urge every woman, be she an existing business woman, or one thinking of starting her own business, to come along to these events. It could be the first step to success for some, and the next steps to success for others.”

According to Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, a key focus for EI is supporting companies to start, innovate and scale by realising their growth potential. Female entrepreneurship in Ireland is currently at 20%, up from just 7% six years ago. Ms Sinnamon is encouraged by this trend but wants to see more women starting their own businesses and more women successfully scaling their existing businesses.

The roadshows are free of charge to existing and potential entrepreneurs and business women although booking is strongly advised.