why not join them?

Have you ever thought of developing an entrepreneurial idea for an exciting new business? Are you ambitious for that potential new business? Do you foresee it trading on global markets? If so, the latest initiative to complement the award winning Going for Growth suite of initiatives, is just right for you.


What is the objective?

To increase the number of female-led innovative businesses of scale, focused on export markets. Through the Global Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM) research, we know that more women in Ireland are becoming entrepreneurs and that even more aspire to start new businesses in the years ahead. Moreover, the rate of female early stage entrepreneurs that aspire for significant growth after starting their new business has also increased.


Research attests to the power of role models. We have established a panel of Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs, who through their actions and accomplishments have shown what is possible. They have come from similar backgrounds to the target group- senior corporate positions, academia and the professions and have developed significant businesses. We hope that they in turn will inspire others to follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps.


Supported by Enterprise Ireland and KPMG, Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs is a specially tailored initiative, which is mindful of the specific challenge of encouraging more women to establish scalable, innovative business, which are focused on export markets. It proposes a three-step inverted pyramid approach to meet the objective set.

1. Inspire

2. Foster

3. Support

The Going for Growth Suite of Initiatives

Going for Growth is the brainchild of Paula Fitzsimons who put it forward in response to an initiative on women and entrepreneurship proposed by the NDP Gender Equality Unit in the then Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. ‘My mission in Going for Growth is to support women entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions and to get more women entrepreneurs into a growth frame of mind’.

Since 2009 the merits and excellence of Going for Growth have been recognised repeatedly by the EU, OECD, and European Institute of Gender Equality. In 2015, Going for Growth was awarded the European Enterprise Promotion Award, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills. In 2016, the initiative was included by the EU and OECD in a compendium of examples of innovative initiatives. The entrepreneurship tool for policy makers, released by the EU and OECD, includes Going for Growth as a case study.

Since its initial creation, Going for Growth has developed into a complementary suite of initiatives which focuses on supporting ambitious women entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations throughout the various stages of their entrepreneurial journey. It also has developed into a virtuous circle whereby many of those who have benefited from the peer support willingly take the opportunity to give back. The one area that has not been covered up to this point is the earlier pre revenue stage.

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KPMG in Ireland is a provider of professional services, offering a range of audit, tax, advisory and consulting services to a broad range of domestic and international clients across all sectors of business and the economy. We operate on an all-Ireland basis and have 103 partners and over 4,000 people in offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. KPMG works with entrepreneurs and start-ups to support the early achievement of business objectives and has a reputation for continuing these strong relationships as organisations evolve and grow. KPMG’s reputation for excellence is based on passion for business and an unrivalled understanding of key industry issues in all sectors of the economy. Find out more at


Enterprise Ireland (EI) is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. EI works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, EI supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. You can find detailed information on Enterprise Ireland’s activities, strategy and performance on