On Reignite 2.4, we'll be talking about 'breaking glass ceilings’ - or just ‘breaking things’ and ‘shaking tables,’ as some campaigners prefer.
And ahead of Saturday, we’re rereading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez and Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke. We’re also rewatching this viral TED Talk by Amy Cuddy on power posing. All three superstars will join us on this Saturday’s programme.
We’ll also have Paula Fitzsimons from Going for Growth, campaigner Síona Cahill and businesswoman Chupi Sweetman, taking us through some practical advice for people trying to convert ideas into action.
Below, we’ve started curating a list of helpful resources, some of which we’ll discuss on the show:
-Local Enterprise Offices
Your local enterprise office can offer mentorship, grants and supports to help kickstart an idea.
Check out the Competitive Feasibility Fund for Female Entrepreneurs, the Competitive Start Fund, the High Potential Startup Unit and more.
A highly-successful development initiative to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland.
-Going for Growth
A free six-month programme offering three different experiences depending on whether you’re starting out, growing your business or scaling for international growth.
-Back for Business
A six month part-time initiative to foster and support entrepreneurial activity among returned emigrants or those planning to return to live in Ireland in the near future.
An entrepreneurial programme divided into three phases of Test, Development and Implementation.
-The Social Entrepreneurs
Support programme bringing entrepreneurs through three stages of STEP, LEAP, SOAR.
Tangent's Student Accelerator, is a summer programme run by Trinity College open to early-stage startups.
An entrepreneur-led programme the NDRC Accelerator involves dedicated Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) who coach founders on a weekly basis.
Community for entrepreneurs providing access to funding, advice and market opportunities
-National Women’s Enterprise Day
Billed as the biggest women's networking event in the country.
Organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women.
Offering events, newsletters and networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting women founders.
Independent not-for-profit organisation aiming to support, represent and advocate on behalf of Irish tech start-up. Organises regular events and updates via slack channels and more.
-Balance for Better
An independent business-led Review Group established by the government to improve gender balance in senior leadership in Ireland.
A global movement of international chairmen and CEOs - which has an Irish chapter - that is committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions.
Offering supports to those choosing to work remote and build remote businesses. Now operating with 60+ local chapter leads.
-Cope Foundation’s Ability@Work programme
A dedicated supported employment service which aims to bring young people aged between 18 and 29 years with intellectual disabilities and/or autism closer to the labour market. This programme assists jobseekers at key transition points between education, training and employment.
-AHEAD’S Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) programme
A work placement programme which aims to promote access to the labour market for graduates with disabilities and build the capacity of employers to integrate disability into the mainstream workplace. Participating employers collaborate with WAM to offer mentored, paid, work placements for graduates with disabilities.
- Business in the Community’s EPIC programme: Employment and Training for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Provides specialised supports to immigrants and refugees looking for employment and education, including work experience, help with interview preparation and understanding Irish standards when preparing CV and cover letters, as well as job applications.
[BITC also offers Ready for Work, which provides guidance, work experience and in-work supports to people with disabilities and health challenges, and Women@Work, a programme for women who have completed employability programmes and need further help to access employment.]
- Teen-Turn: Turning teens towards tech
Provides teenage girls the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM experience so that they can visualize themselves in those kinds of careers and therefore make third level course choices accordingly. Through after school activities, work placements and alumnae networking and career development programming, Teen-Turn now supports 1000+ girls from "Junior Cert to Job". Our recent guest on Reignite 2.3, Saanvi Kaushik, is an alumnus!