€750,000 will be made available in startup funding for female entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Ireland’s competitive start fund (CSF) will open for applications on May 3, 2017. If selected, 15 female applicants will each receive up to €50,000 in equity funding. APPLY NOW.

Female fund

Applicants must be female and own startups that have high potential. Successful applicants will have to show that they have the ability to employ more than ten people and achieve €1 million in exports sales within three years.

More female-led businesses

“We have seen a significant leap in female-led early stage companies since the commencement of our initiatives in 2012 – from seven percent of high potential startup companies to 20 per cent in 2016,” says Sarita Johnston, female entrepreneurship manager with Enterprise Ireland.

What you need to know

Before applying, be aware of the criteria for entering. For example, you can’t already have received “equity funding of more than €100,000 before the competition closing date”.

Also, your business can’t have revenues of over €60,000 in the current financial year to date, or any previous fiscal years. You must be a startup. 


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