Call for Applications from Female Entrepreneurs | Going for Growth

Posted 29.11.19

A call is now open for applicants for a new cycle of Going for Growth, including Starting Strong, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG. Going for Growth is designed to support ambitious female entrepreneurs to realise their growth aspirations. This award-winning initiative is now in its 12th year. 

Going for Growth aims to assist ambitious female entrepreneurs achieve their growth goals. Sixty new female entrepreneurs will be selected this year. The programme is seeking female entrepreneurs – across all sectors – who are strongly focused on growth. To be considered for this programme, applicants must demonstrate a real growth ambition, be a major shareholder and key influencer, and working full time as the owner-manager of the business. It is expected that the business will have been trading for at least two years. In exceptional cases, a business at an earlier stage will be considered. However, earlier stage companies must already have generated some revenues, be highly innovative, with significant ambition and expect to be an exporter.

A core element of Going for Growth is the involvement of ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’, successful business women with personal experience of growing a business. These business women, on a voluntary basis, facilitate the interactive round table sessions, act as role models and hold the participants on their round table to account in achieving the goals and milestones which they have set for themselves. The Lead Entrepreneurs on the 12th cycle are: Anne Cusack, Critical Healthcare; Chupi Sweetman-Durney, Chupi; Claire McHugh, Axonista; Fidelma McGuirk, Payslip; Fiona O’Carroll; Monica Flood, formerly OLAS IT; Oonagh O’Hagan, Meagher’s Pharmacy Group; and Susan Spence, SoftCo.

Thanks to the voluntary contribution of time by the Lead Entrepreneurs and the funding made available by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, there is no charge to those selected for the new cycle.

The programme is structured and includes attendance at monthly round-table meetings with the participant’s Lead Entrepreneur and small group of fellow entrepreneurs and a National Launch on 21st January in Dublin, where everyone involved in the new cycle comes together.

Over 660 female entrepreneurs have already taken part in Going for Growth to date. The award-winning Going for Growth has been recognised internationally as a best practice by the OECD, EU and the European Institute for Gender Equality.

The success of the previous 11 cycles shows what a difference peer learning can make to women seeking to scale their businesses. Previous participants have reported an increase in confidence, a reduction in psychological isolation and a feeling of being nearer to achieving their growth goals. Participants on the last programme (from Jan 2019 – Jun 2019) reported that between them they had increased their turnover to €45.9 million, an increase of €8million over the six month cycle; 593 people were employed,  an increase of 81 over the cycle; and 55% had export experience by the end of the cycle.

The deadline for application for this year’s Going for Growth programme is Monday 9th December 2019. Interested female owner managers should register their interest at to receive an application form. Read the brochure here.

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