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The EMPOWER Programme (female entrepreneurship programme in the West of Ireland which was launched last year) is now commencing its second cycle commencing in Oct 2018. Last year over ninety females applied for this programme which is funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund and run by the GMIT Innovation Hubs.
Thirty-four women have signed up for and are taking part in the new Empower Programme delivered in GMIT’s innovation hubs in Mayo and Galway since September.
Places are filling up on the EMPOWER programme, less than a month since its launch in the Connacht Hotel, Galway.
Despite national recognition of female entrepreneurs, Ireland suffers from a low number of women engaged in business startups. Female-led businesses remain an underdeveloped source of economic growth and jobs. As part of a drive to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, GMIT Innovation Hubs will deliver a new regional programme called "EMPOWER", commencing September in GMIT’s Galway and Mayo campuses.