We are seeking ambitious women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level. Are you passionate, committed and determined to make it happen?

Applications are now closed for 2023

This fully funded All-Island growth programme offers 15 founders from Northern Ireland and 15 founders from the Republic of Ireland the chance to connect and learn how to take their ambitious business growth plans to the next level.

As the first women focused programme of its kind across on All-Island basis, the programme is funded by the InterTradeIreland Synergy fund and supported by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme. The programme will be delivered in collaboration by Women in Business and Network Ireland - as the two leading women’s networks on the island will bring women owned businesses together to connect, work, achieve and scale.

Guidance notes

Who should apply?

We are seeking driven and dedicated business leaders, including Owners, Founders and Directors who are eager to elevate their businesses. These individuals should possess a strong commitment to their vision and exhibit ambition and passion. Qualifying factors include:

  1. Interest in expanding into an all-island market or growing an existing customer base.
  2. A desire to achieve growth by enhancing their team, exploring new export markets, refining branding & marketing strategies, seeking external investment, increasing sales revenue and leadership skills.
  3. Business owners with a solid market presence, who recognise areas for improvement & scalability and would benefit from guidance, clarity and focus.
  4. Location in the Republic of Ireland, with a goal of expanding sales into Northern Ireland and the UK or building on existing customer relationships.
  5. Location in Northern Ireland, with a goal of expanding sales into the Republic of Ireland or building on existing customer relationships.
  6. Membership of either Women in Business or Network Ireland is required before the programme begins.

*Additional eligibility criteria may be applied as needed, based on funder requirements or for selection purposes in the event of a high number of applicants.

How your business will benefit

Collaborative Growth: You'll collaborate with fellow participants to develop your own business while contributing to their growth. Plus, you'll become part of a supportive network of women entrepreneurs across the island.

Exclusive Learning: The programme features personalised, in-person masterclasses led by industry experts. It all starts with a two-day residential retreat at Killeavy Castle, providing you with the perfect environment to analyse, brainstorm, share, learn and foster your business growth.

Expert Guidance: You'll benefit from specialised facilitators, inspiring business role models and guest speakers in addition to mentorship from Alumni of EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Why you should apply...


Meet the programme managers:

Chat with us: roisin@womeninbusinessni.com