Numerous Westmeath female entrepreneurs sought for Going for Growth programme

The call is now open for ambitious female entrepreneurs from Westmeath, who are looking to take their business to the next level, and would like to participate in the latest cycle of Going for Growth, the award-winning business development programme.

Going for Growth is a six-month part-time programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, which assists ambitious female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations. There is no charge to those selected to participate.

This is the thirteenth year of Going for Growth and more than 750 female entrepreneurs have so far taken part in the programme.

A total of 88 percent of participants on the last cycle of Going for Growth reported that they pivoted their businesses to adapt to challenges raised by Covid-19.

The figures, which were gathered in their end of cycle survey, show the resilience and determination of the entrepreneurs on the programme and the value of the peer support they received while participating.

Going for Growth participants found that the roundtable sessions translated into practical changes in their business. All participants said they would recommend the programme to others.

Past participants from Westmeath include Kasia Gaborec-McEvoy of My Name is TED, an Irish luxury leather bag and accessories company, inspired by traditional craftsmanship. Kasia took part in Going for Growth’s sister programme, Starting Strong, and encourages those interested in applying for the programme.

“Participation in Starting Strong, which is part of Going for Growth, gave me the confidence and additional knowledge to adopt our business in the uncertain trading environment we faced due to the Pandemic. More so, it gave me the courage to launch a new product. Being part of the group surrounded by such strong and smart female entrepreneurs inspired me to remain optimistic and keep me going with a clear focus. I would highly recommend the programme. It’s a fantastic opportunity for ambitions female entrepreneurs to meet other ambitious businesses. You will find yourself surrounded by inspiration and support when you need the most,” Kasia remarked.

The programme is seeking applications from female entrepreneurs – across all sectors – who are strongly focussed on growth. Ideally, businesses should be well established and trading for at least two years. Applications will also be considered from highly innovative entrepreneurs with significant growth expectations at an earlier stage of their development if they have already generated some sales.

Sixty places will be available for the Going for Growth programme, which will run from January to June 2021 and the deadline for applications is Friday, December 18. There is no charge for those selected. Anyone interested is encouraged to register on the website and a link to the application form will be sent to them.


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