Here is some information on the new EMPOWER Programme for Female led businesses. This programme will be run by the GMIT iHubs across the region. If not for you then please help us share and spread the word for any females you might know that are thinking of setting up their own business or are already in business.

There are two parts to this Programme – EMPOWER Start and EMPOWER Growth

EMPOWER Start: is one half day a week over 12 weeks (20 females from the region)...
Criteria – early stage or in business less than 1 year. There will a lot of development of soft skills along with the business modules, mentoring and networking.

EMPOWER Growth: is one half Sat a month over 11 months (12 females from the region)
Criteria – in business more than 2 years of fully understands value proposition and customer segmentation and looking to scale and grow.

We also have a our lauch happening to mark the start of the Programme on Weds 13th Sept in the Connacht Hotel in Galway. Here we have some wonderful speakers lined up such as Chanelle McCoy (Chanelle Pharmaceuticals), Breege O Donaghue (ex CEO of Primark and Chair of the Design Council of Ireland) and Evelyn O Toole (CLS and E&Y Ent of Year Finalist in 2017) along with a panel of female entrepreneurs at an earlier stage of development. Tracy Piggott will be our MC for the evening. If interested you can register at:

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Good Luck to all in the Entrepreneurs in the IBYE (Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur) competition on Sunday especially all those from the West. Great competition.
From left to right: Daniel Loftus of UrbanFox, competing in the Best Established Business category; Dr Brendan Bowland of Loci Orthopaedics competing in the Best Business Idea category and John McNicholas of Inspire Tile and Stone competing in the Best Start Up Business category.
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Great final morning session for 2017 with EMPOWER Start group in GMIT Mayo with Evelyn Cormican on Presentation Skills and Making The Pitch Local Enterprise Office Galway Local Enterprise Office Mayo @ESF_Ireland Local Enterprise Office Roscommon Inc60
We had our first EMPOWER Start wokshop yesterday. Thanks to Donncha Hughes from Start Up Hughes, Ailish Irvine from Irvine Training and Anna Dowes from ShowHouz wo as our guest spaker. Great talks, discussions and interactions. First of many. Great group