Going for Growth

Going for Growth

Going for Growth is a highly successful programme which provides a unique peer learning environment for female entrepreneurs.


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Calling Ambitious Female Entrepreneurs

KPMG-supported programme is seeking 60 participants for new cycle

Previous participants on this award-winning programme report increased employment, sales and exports.

Going for Growth is inviting applications from ambitious female entrepreneurs, who are serious about growing their business, to apply for participation in the 9th cycle of this award-winning programme. The programme will run from February to June 2017. The initiative, which is sponsored by KPMG and Enterprise Ireland, offers a unique programme of peer support focused on growth to women owner managers, regardless of sector. There is no charge to those who are successful in being selected. The selection process is competitive and the critical factor is that successful applicants need to demonstrate a significant desire for growth. Ideally the businesses will be well established and will have been trading for at least two years.

Successful businesswomen who have committed to become voluntary Lead Entrepreneurs for the next cycle of Going for Growth include:

  • Áine Denn, Altify
  • Maeve Dorman, PayPal
  • Nikki Evans, PerfectCard
  • Monica Flood, formally Olas
  • Mary McKenna, Tour America
  • Marian O’Gorman, The Kilkenny Group
  • Oonagh O’Hagan, Meagher’s Pharmacy Group
  • Susan Spence, SoftCo

The closing date for applications is 20th January 2017 – full details can be found in the launch brochure (PDF, 2MB).

Olivia Lynch, Partner KPMG, says: “Irish female entrepreneurs have a major role in helping deliver economic growth and job creation objectives and we in KPMG are delighted to support the Going for Growth programme for our third year. We look forward to working with Going for Growth participants and helping them to achieve their innovation and growth goals.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, says: “Enterprise Ireland is focused on supporting companies to scale by realising their growth potential on export markets. We would like to see more female entrepreneurs among these companies. We are happy once again to support the Going for Growth initiative, which is designed to assist ambitious female entrepreneurs to realise their growth ambitions. It is particularly heartening to know that while ambition is nurtured, the progress of the participants is monitored and the impact assessed.”

Paula Fitzsimons, the National Director, says Going for Growth demonstrates the success of a collaborative peer based approach in supporting women to unleash their full entrepreneurial potential and achieve their growth ambitions:

“Our mission in Going for Growth is to support female entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions and to get more female owner managers into a growth frame of mind. I am delighted to say that we are doing just that through a focus on growth goals, peer support and the sharing of experiences in a collaborative and confidential environment.”

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Pictured attending the 2016 launch with Minister Bruton is Olivia Lynch, Partner at KPMG with Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland.

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