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.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday, November 3rd 2023. Applications can be made through the Network Ireland website or the Women In Business website Queries can be made to