Cork and Kerry entrepreneurs to unite in celebration of businesswomen

LEO Cork City is encouraging female entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen across the city to register for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day.

Now in its 16th year, the annual Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative takes place on Thursday 13th October.

This year’s theme “Our future, Our Way” celebrates female entrepreneurs and inspires female start-ups. Sixteen entrepreneurial events are planned nationally including the Cork/Kerry event at The Brehon Hotel in Killarney hosted by local corporate offices in Co Cork and Co Kerry.

The day will begin with an address from Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, followed by a networking session moderated by Marie Wiseman of Wiser Marketing.

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After lunch, Sonya Lennon, designer, broadcaster, social entrepreneur and successful businesswoman will be the keynote speaker.

The event will also include an interactive panel discussion from Leading Lights, representing LEOs Cork and Kerry, moderated by MC Elaine Kinsella, Radio Kerry presenter and RTÉ broadcaster.

LEO Cork City is represented by Sara de Miguel Hernández, Founder of Flowithme, a virtual wellness company combining chair yoga, healthy cooking and life coaching services.

Local business offices demonstrate the support available to women entrepreneurs in Co Cork and Co Kerry to sustain and develop their businesses and ideas.

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Corporate Director at LEO Cork City, Dr. Niall O’Keeffe said:

“National Women’s Enterprise Day has become a flagship event for women entrepreneurs and businesswomen each year.

“While there have been successful online celebrations over the past two years, it is truly special to be back with an in-person event, great speakers and inspiring businesswomen.

“This event can help you expand your network, find out what support is available and learn from those who have already attended.”

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Meanwhile, research from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) for 2021 has shown that Irish women’s belief in their ability to run a successful business is growing.

49% of women surveyed believed they had the skills and knowledge to start a business. This was an increase from 39% in 2018. Ireland has the third highest rate of early stage female entrepreneurship of any European country, with over 1,400 women starting a new business in Ireland every month.

For more information about the event and to book your place, click here.

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