FINE Gael Senator for Cork South Central Deirdre Clune has welcomed the new Enterprise Ireland fund, launched by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. The goal of the new fund is to stimulate new businesses being run by female entrepreneurs.
“In Ireland just 7% of company directorships filled by women. This is lagging behind our international counterparts when it comes to the number of women in senior business positions.
“It is crucial that the government is addressing the male driven culture which does prevail in Ireland. This 250K Competitive Feasibility Fund will mean that women can pursue viable business ideas which in turn could generate jobs and cash flow into the Irish economy.
“It is also welcome that the fund is open to a wide variety of business ventures and I hope that entrepreneurs in Cork apply for the scheme. Some sectors which are suited to the funding are ICT, Games, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Telecoms, Lifesciences, Cleantech, and Engineering, Electronics, Industrial, Food, Internet, and Construction etc.
“Due to the nature of the initiative it will mainly focus on export led businesses which are globally viable. I do hope in addition to helping women jump start their business ideas the fund will also advance Ireland’s reputation on the world stage.
“I am delighted that Irish women have this fantastic opportunity to achieve their goals and lead successful Irish businesses across the country.”