The All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Pitching Competition is designed to support new and fledgling business owners. Pitch your business idea to win a share of our £20,000/€20,000 prize pot, sponsored by InterTradeIreland.

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Take your business idea to the next level by submitting your application for the All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Pitching Competition. Make the most of the application process as an opportunity to transform your business ideas into a reality.

26 women will then have the chance to pitch ideas of business innovation and growth potential to an online panel of expert judges across the island; who will then decide on our 6 pitch award winners, offering £3,000/€3,000 each, split across 2 categories:

Category 1: Idea Stage/Pre-revenue
You will be working on your idea. You may have carried out market research or tested the market. You may have attended business start up programmes. You will not yet be 'trading' but you may have sold a few products as part of “testing” your business idea. If you have had any sales, they will only be very nominal, and not more than £2,000/€2,000 sales in the past 12 months. You must not have pre-revenue investment from external funders of over £30,000/€30,000.
Category 2: Early start-up/ Trading
You will be making or selling a product, providing a business to business or business to consumer service. This category includes technology/software based products such as an app or technology solution. You must not be trading more than 3 years or achieving an annual turnover over £30,000/€30,000.

If you're unsure which category to apply for, email for guidance. Women in Business reserve the right to assign you to a different category if they believe it's a better fit.

Our 6 pitch award winners will then be invited to pitch for a further £2,000/€2,000 on stage at the All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference | Thursday 6th June at the Europa Hotel, Belfast - showcasing to a cross border audience while securing essential funds for your start up business.

Who should enter?
The competition is open to any woman entrepreneur on the Island of Ireland who meets the following criteria:
  • You must reside or have a business address in Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland
  • You must have a business idea or business that is less than 3 years old by May 2024 and with less than £30,000/€30,000 turnover or pre-revenue investment.
  • You must not have won grant funding for your business that exceeds £5,000/€5,000 within the last 12 months.
* Please read our guidelines through the button below before submitting your application.
What do you need to know?
  • The prize money will be the Euro equivalent of £3,000 or £2,000 Sterling depending on the exchange rate at the time of awarding the prize.
  • Applications close on Friday 3rd May 2024 at 16:00pm
  • Shortlisted individuals will be informed on the week beginning Monday 13th May and invited to our online pitch week.
  • Online pitches will take place on Thursday 23rd May or Friday 24th May from 9:00am to 15:00pm.
  • The 6 winners will be informed and publicly announced on the Women in Business social media channels on Tuesday 28th May.
  • The 6 winners will attend and pitch on stage at the All-Island Female Entrepreneurs Conference on Thursday 6th June at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. The 6 winners must be able to attend and pitch at the conference to receive their £3,000/€3,000 prize and to pitch for the additional £2,000/€2,000.
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