Women in Gaeltacht regions to be Empowered in their Entrepreneurial Journey

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A brand-new program has been introduced for Gaeltacht female entrepreneurs, offering 150 of these women in Ireland the support and chance to begin their entrepreneurial journeys over a three-year period.

The Þdarás na Gaeltachta has started and funded the Cumasú Programme, which is being run by Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Innovation Hubs and the Munster Technological University (MTU) Rubicon Centre in partnership with Þdarás na Gaeltachta and the gteic network of digital and innovation hubs, based on the successful EMPOWER model.

Women in the Gaeltacht regions of Mayo, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, and Meath are encouraged to apply as this is the first time such a program is being offered nationally in the Gaeltacht.

The program was formally launched last week in An Spidéal, Conamara, by Dara Calleary, the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital, and Company Regulation, in collaboration with Tomás Ó Síocháin, the CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dr. Orla Flynn, the president of ATU, and Professor Maggie Cusack, the president of MTU. An overview of the chances for personal and business development that course participants would have was delivered during an event that was packed with female entrepreneurs, businesses, educators, and organizations dedicated to enterprise and rural development.

Furthermore, a sizable virtual audience watched the event live via the gteic network of Gaeltacht digital and innovation hubs. GTEIC hubs in Béal an Mhuirthead, Mayo, Béal Átha a Ghaorthaidh, Gaoth Dobhair, Carrig Airt and An Tearmann in Donegal, and Inis Meáin in County Galway hosted launch and registration activities. The Cumasú curriculum, which allows participants to finish the course in a gteic hub in their locality, will be delivered primarily through the gteic network of innovation and digital hubs created by Þdarás na Gaeltachta around the Gaeltacht.

The programme aims to promote and fast-track female entrepreneurship, and the ATU Innovation Hub in Galway/Mayo and the MTU Rubicon Centre in Cork both have vast experience delivering entrepreneurship programmes, in particular female entrepreneurship programmes. This is the first time they are partnering on such an initiative.

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