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Network Cork supports IGNITE programme to encourage young female entrepreneurs

13 Sep 2012

Ahead of the 2012 IGNITE participants being announced, Network Cork will provide free membership along with mentoring to any female participants of the programme.

“Network Cork is made up of over 130 of the region’s most dynamic, proactive and creative business women,” said Network Cork President, Rebecca Birchall.

“We provide a platform so that all women in business in the region can meet, share ideas, contacts and business opportunities. We are delighted to welcome these new graduates to the organisation. I am sure these budding entrepreneurs will benefit from participating in our organisation as I am sure we will from having some of the brightest young entrepreneurs as part of Network Cork.  Network Cork is part of a National Organisation, Network Ireland, so it will also offer these young entrepreneurs access to a network of business women throughout Ireland.”

The IGNITE programme’s primary funders are Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork City and County Enterprise Boards and Bank of Ireland.

"The IGNITE programme is the perfect example of how academia and industry can come together to nurture the entrepreneur spirit that exists in many young graduates,” said Rónán Ó Dubhghaill, Director of Strategic Planning at University College Cork and member of the IGNITE Advisory Board.

“We are delighted to have such strong support from Network.  Participants of  IGNITE benefit from exposure to industry experts as well as people who are immersed in the business community.  The association with Network, in particular will help our female entrepreneurs engage with business women who have already set up very successful businesses, or with business women who are working in some of the region’s most prominent organisations – this exposure will be invaluable to them as they develop their business ideas and learn best business practice.”

Photographed at the announcement of Network Cork's support for IGNITE are  l to r: Miriam Collins, IGNITE,  Rónán Ó Dubhghaill, UCC & Rebecca Birchall, Network Cork.

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