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'Steps to Success' Roadshow announces Pitch Competition Winner

Almost 60 business women and entrepreneurs attended the Fuelling Ambition ‘Steps to Success’ Roadshow in Sligo last Thursday organised by Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland, in conjunction with the Sligo Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and the Entrepreneurs Academy.

The aim of the roadshow is to encourage, support and drive the ambition of female entrepreneurs by showcasing the ‘Steps to Success’ of thriving Irish business women and entrepreneurs.

The roadshow has already visited five locations nationwide and features an Elevator Pitch competition worth €4,000 at each location. The winner of the Sligo competition is Collette McGowan, Stripe Marketing, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

Stripe Marketing is a digital marketing agency which was set up in July 2015. From experiencing recurring communication problems with their clients and their projects they are now launching a new software solution called Kollabro which is targeted at digital and creative businesses.

Kollabro will enable effective communication between consultants and their clients and will save time and money for its users.

The prize package is designed to fast-track each winner along the steps to business success and includes:

10 sessions with Enterprise Ireland Mentors and attendance at Enterprise Ireland’s Excel at Export Selling training programme

Annual membership of Network Ireland

Leadership training programme with the Entrepreneurs Academy, a national entrepreneur development organisation that has trained and supported 30,000 start-ups and small businesses

Back row: (l-r) Carole Brenan, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland, North West; Caroline Gordon, Network Ireland, Ana Faye, Ana Faye Handbags, Sarita Johnson, Female Entrepreneurship Manager, Enterprise Ireland. Front Row:  Lorraine Bowen, The Entrepreneurs Academy; Marian Harkin, MEP; Collette McGowan Strip Marketing (Winner), Liam Kiely, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo and Bernie Butler, Good4U.

Guest speakers at the Sligo roadshow were local entrepreneurs Bernie Butler, CEO of Good4U and Ana Faye, MD of Ana Faye Handbags. Facilitator for the event was Marian Harkin, Independent MEP.  Representatives from Enterprise Ireland, the Sligo LEO and Network Ireland were on hand to discuss the range of supports available to female entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting their own businesses. The event provided women with an opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and business people.

The roadshow will also visit Bunratty (14 June) and Cavan (28 June). The roadshows are free of charge to existing and potential entrepreneurs and business women.

Booking is strongly advised. Full details are available on www.enterprise-ireland.com/ambitiouswomen; www.networkireland.ie and www.localenterprise.ie/