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Minister Humphreys to open Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland’s Fuelling Ambition Roadshow for female entrepreneurs in Monaghan

Elevator Pitch Competition with prize package worth €3,000

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation will open the final event in the nationwide Fuelling Ambition Roadshow series for female entrepreneurs on Monday 14 May in Co. Monaghan. Hosted by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Academy, the concluding event will take place at the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross.

‘Lead and Succeed’ is the theme of the roadshow which aims to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs nationally by showcasing thriving Irish business women and entrepreneurs.

The Monaghan event is the final in a series of free-to-attend events which have taken place across the country during March, April and May. The roadshow is free of charge to existing and potential entrepreneurs and business women. To avoid disappointment, booking is strongly advised. 

Following the success of last year, the roadshow will include a Leadership Masterclass and an Elevator Pitch competition with a cash prize package sponsored by Facebook worth €2,000 at each location, as well as additional prizes worth up to €1,000 including: 

  • 10 sessions with Enterprise Ireland Mentors and attendance at Enterprise Ireland’s Excel at Export Selling training programme
  • Annual membership of Network Ireland

Speakers at the Monaghan event will include Lisa Marie Clinton, Founder of Avail Support Ltd., and Ciara Carolan, Director of ADN Materials Ltd.

Minister Heather Humphreys TD said: “This Monaghan event concludes a series of very successful roadshows, which have taken place right across the country. The events have been booked out and the feedback extremely positive, so I am delighted to be finishing up the series on home soil. Events like this are particularly relevant in the border region, where the effects of Brexit are felt most strongly. The Fuelling Ambition Roadshow helps us to reach out to women regionally to tell them about the supports available to help them ‘lead and succeed’ in business. It also provides a valuable networking opportunity. I am particularly looking forward to connecting with business women from Monaghan and the surrounding area during this year’s final Roadshow”.

Rachael James, Female Entrepreneurship Manager, Enterprise Ireland said: “Supporting female entrepreneurs in achieving their global ambition is a key objective for Enterprise Ireland. More than one in three start-ups supported by Enterprise Ireland last year through our Competitive Start Fund and High Potential Start-Up programmes were female-led - this compares to one in ten start-ups in 2012. We are very encouraged by this upward trend but want to see more women starting their own businesses and successfully scaling existing businesses.”

President of Network Ireland, Roseann Heavey said ''We are delighted to join forces with Enterprise Ireland for the annual roadshow. Our mission continues to be to drive, support and encourage our members to push themselves outside of their comfort zones constantly. I know there will be many looking forward to the very popular pitch competition at the event, but the fact that we have a masterclass organised as well as vital tips from experienced female entrepreneurs promises to be a very exciting couple of weeks for us all.”

Participants at the Monaghan roadshow will hear from experts and successful female entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and insights on the road to business success. Representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Monaghan LEO and Network Ireland will be on hand to discuss the wide range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The events also provide an opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and business people.

Full details and booking information are available at


Media contacts:

Enterprise Ireland: Brigid Burke, Press & Media Relations, 01-7272430,

Network Ireland: Denise Fay,

Notes to editor:

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.  In this way, it supports sustainable economic growth and regional development, and helps create and sustain employment in Ireland.

Network Ireland is a progressive, dynamic organisation for professional women of all walks, supporting the professional and personal development of women.  With key pillars of Leading, Supporting and Collaborating, the organisation has developed both a reputation and a quality distribution system for ideas and information. Network Ireland has 11 branches around the country, with over 600 firms represented nationally. Branches include Dublin, Louth, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary (North), Kildare, Galway, Mayo, Wicklow, Waterford and Kilkenny. They hold monthly meetings in each location. 

The Entrepreneurs Academy is a national entrepreneur development organization that has trained and supported 30,000 start-ups and small businesses. Our vision is to build leadership capacity in microenterprise and SMES, especially within female led enterprises. The aim is to impact upon programme participant’s leadership skills and create some strong leaders and role models.