The Empower Programme is a new Female Entrepreneur Programme targeted at female entrepreneurs from Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. This programme plans to address specific challenges that hinder females and will help to fast track female-led businesses.

It commenced in October 2017 with 32 females being selected onto the Programme and is delivered by the GMIT Innovation Hubs who have a successful track record in delivering entrepreneurship programmes across the region. The second cycle is currently underway.


Second cycle currently underway

Who is it for?

A group of 20 early-stage female-led businesses (at the early stage of an idea or in business less than 1 year).


Taking place once a week (10am-3pm approx) over 3 months plus networking and mentoring.


To gain confidence, think creatively, go through the start-up process and develop pitch / business model. Networking will be encouraged and a start-up community will be created.

Examples of Topics:

Problem, Solution, Opportunity, Customer Relationships, Revenue Streams. Areas such as Confidence, Leadership, Communication etc will also be developed during the Programme.

EMPOWER START Testimonials

We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Empower 2017 Programme. The course was well organised and structured with informative and appropriate speakers and presenters each week but most of all we gained a lot of knowledge, insight and advice from our peers/participants on the course.

Emer Bourke & Siobhan Hennelly

Co-Founders, Food Fitness Fertility Ltd

The EMPOWER Programme has opened up a new network of people and supports which I could not have accessed myself but the best part was meeting Maria and all the participants who have been so encouraging, fun to meet and I look forward to seeing us all develop over the next two years.

Mary Finn


The Empower Programme reawakened the confidence in myself. It gave me a clearer vision in my business and great guidelines to follow in order to improve it From the programme you learn what others see and think about you and your business, it removes the wool from your eyes if you are willing to listen and learn.

Rachel Dubber


Second cycle currently underway

Who is it for?

A group of 12 female-led businesses(in business over 2 years who clearly understand their value proposition and customer segmentation) looking to scale.


Taking place once a month (half day on Saturday) over 11 months plus networking and mentoring.


To build a strong network of like-minded female CEOs in the region who are looking to scale and learn from experienced business people.

Examples of Topics:

Sales (online selling, branding, distribution), Risk Management, Investment, Innovation, Strategy, Team Building etc. Topics will be based on need assessments of the group.

EMPOWER GROWTH Testimonials.

I found the EMPOWER GROWTH programme to be a fantastic experience. Goal setting at each monthly meeting helped me to focus and made me accountable for my own progress. Speakers were interesting, relevant and inspiring and Maria, our co-ordinator, could not have been more helpful, creating connections for me to relevant people and businesses. It was also great to be in a group of like-minded ladies who were a source of inspiration, wisdom, encouragement and fun. Thanks Maria, Declan and all the ladies on EMPOWER GROWTH.

Niamh Ryle

Women in business in the West of Ireland may find themselves up against many barriers, but through the invaluable support of the programme Mentors and peers, EmpowerHer has provided me with the tools to overcome any challenge my business may face. Since commencing the Start programme, my business has already started to achieve traction within the market and I am excited about what the futures holds for Hawthorn Handmade Skincare.’

Elaine Kennedy

Hawthorn Skincare

The Empower Growth programme is a brilliant option for female entrepreneurs when growing their business. All the speakers were excellent and the information is invaluable, but the biggest benefit for me was the mentoring and networking provided by the group itself. It really helped to increase my confidence in myself as a businesswoman and in my product. We’ve created a lasting relationship and I believe we will continue to provide help and support to each other beyond the programme into the future.

Mary Corrigan

Noo Chocolates

For more information

Please contact Maria Staunton, GMIT iHub Mayo, telephone: +353 (0) 94 90 43198, email:
Alternatively visit

This project is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.