Tallaght’s high tech women have opportunity to go into business

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Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor launches the Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs last week

Tallaght business women can use a new Government fund to help set up their own high tech firms, according to Minister Katherine Zappone.

Under the new €750,000 Competitive Start Fund women who want to go into business can receive funding up to €50,000.

Minister Zappone says the initiative should be used to set up businesses for women who have identified opportunities in the high tech, food and life sciences sectors.

Welcoming the announcement by Enterprise Ireland, Minister Zappone added:

“Tallaght women mean business and now there is Government support to allow them to take the big step of starting out on their own.

“In addition to funding successful applicants will also get 12-weeks training in a business accelerator programme.

“The aim is to move small high value companies to the position where they are investor ready, and also targeting important export markets. It is an opportunity to put Tallaght on the business map.

“These supports will help bring equality to the boardroom. Over the past 4 years the number of high tech firms established by women has increased from 7% to 20%. This is significant progress, but more must be done.

“There are many women in our communities who are highly talented and skilled after graduating from IT Tallaght or other colleges.

“Now is an opportunity for them to turn their vision into reality.

“I encourage all women in Tallaght with a business idea to act now and use this fund to help achieve their dreams.”

Full details on the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs, including the application form and eligibility criteria, can be accessed on the Enterprise Ireland website www.enterprise-ireland.com/FemaleCSF

The Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs will close for submissions at 3pm on Wednesday 17 May.

Applications are open to female-led start-ups involved in Manufacturing and Internationally Traded Services, including the following subsectors:

Internet

Games

Apps

Mobile

SaaS

Enterprise Software

Lifesciences

Cleantech

Industrial Products

Food

Cloud Computing