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Women's €250k fund for business start-ups

A NEW €250,000 fund specifically for women entrepreneurs aims to stimulate high potential business start-ups.

The move is part of a drive to increase the number of women running innovative, export-orientated firms.

The Female Entrepreneurship Competitive Feasibility Fund's focus is on developing new businesses that can move beyond the domestic market.

The closing date for applications is September 4, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of September. Details are at www.enterprise-ireland.com/femaleentrepreneurship.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said that in Ireland we currently have a relatively low level of female entrepreneurs.