The Going for Growth programme supports women who are serious about growing their businesses. Going for Growth is based on a philosophy of peer learning with entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs. The Lead Entrepreneurs include Oonagh O’Hagan, The Meagher’s Group; Susan Spence, SoftCo; and Louise Phelan, PayPal.
Those involved in the programme demonstrate its success by increases in revenue, exports and employment generated over the six month cycle. In the last cycle the 78 participants increased their revenue over the six months by €20m and created 184 new full time jobs.
The call is now open for applicants for the 10th cycle of Going for Growth. The deadline is 8 December.
Applications will be considered from female entrepreneurs across all sectors who are located in the Republic of Ireland. To be considered suitable for participation, the entrepreneur should already be the owner manager of a business of which she is a major shareholder and key influencer.
Suitable applicants need to demonstrate significant aspiration for growth and should be working full time on the business. It is expected that the business will have been trading for at least two years.
The selection is competitive, but the application process is not over-complicated. No interview or pitch is involved. The programme, which involves a time commitment of about three hours a month between January and June 2018, is free of charge to suitable applicants.
If you are interested in applying, please register your interest at www.goingforgrowth.com and you will receive an application form. Completed application forms must be returned by 8 December.