Launch of inaugural all-island programme for female founders

Network Ireland and Women in Business have launched a new programme aimed at bringing women entrepreneurs together and opening up connections across the island of Ireland.

Applications are now open for the Grow It All-Island Programme, which is the first of its kind in the business community here, and offers 15 places in the Republic of Ireland and 15 places in Northern Ireland.

The scheme is open to members of the two organisations which offer support to thousands of women across the country, whether they are running a start-up or an established business. The Grow It All-Island Programme is funded by the InterTrade Ireland Synergy Fund and supported by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programme.

The new initiative is aimed at female business owners with an interest in developing their market on both sides of the border as well as those who would like to achieve growth and would benefit from direction, clarity, structure and focus. Delivered over six months, the programme includes masterclasses, in-person events, a number of retreats including a two-day residential in Killeavy Castle in Newry and one-to-one business coaching meetings.

“This is a wonderful collaboration between the country’s two leading businesswomen’s networks and the programme is offering participants a unique opportunity to grow and develop their connections across the whole island of Ireland. I am particularly pleased to be launching the Grow It All-Island Programme this year which marks Network Ireland’s 40th anniversary, as it reflects the great strides we are making to expand the network of support we have for our members,” National President of Network Ireland, Emma Early Murphy, said.

“We are delighted to work together on this fantastic initiative and with Network Ireland. Our organisations have similar values – to support women founders to grow, connect and learn. This collaboration is the start of an exciting journey as 30 women will have the opportunity to build connections and increase trade on the island of Ireland and beyond,” Women in Business MD, Lorraine Acheson, added.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday, November 3.

Applications can be made through the Network Ireland website or Women In Business Queries can be made to


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