AIB Donegal has secured a unique Masterclass to inspire ambitious local women to achieve the next steps to business success.

AIB has launched Women in Enterprise, an accelerator education and mentoring programme for ambitious, female entrepreneurs.

This February, women in Donegal and surrounding areas are invited to sign up for a dedicated Masterclass to get expert insight, support and advice to grow their businesses.

Four half-day masterclass events are taking place across Ireland, with the third one taking place in Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal on Thursday, 8th February. It starts at 2pm and runs until 6pm and is followed by a networking reception from 6pm – 7pm.

Led by three expert facilitators from The Entrepreneurs Academy per location, this highly engaging and energetic masterclass will set participants in the right direction to creating their own insightful roadmap to success. Places are limited to just 70 female business owners.

Interested? Click here to apply now:

Eileen Sweeney, Business Customer Advisor with AIB Donegal

Eileen Sweeney, Business Customer Advisor at AIB Letterkenny said the event will be of great benefit for entrepreneurs from across the North West:

‘It’s a great chance for like-minded women of Donegal and surrounding counties to meet, to learn from each other, to gain valuable tools to help your business grow, and a great networking opportunity to help expand your business.

“AIB has done a number of years research, which has resulted in us providing these Masterclasses for Women in Enterprise. We are providing four of these classes throughout Ireland, and it was through my involvement with Donegal Women in Business, and in particular, Evelyn McGlynn, that we were successful in getting one of these excellent classes run in Donegal.

“We are delighted that the masterclass is being held in the iconic Harvey’s Point, a fantastic location for this event. Spaces are filling up fast so don’t forget to register. It should be a great day. I’m  looking forward to meeting you all.”

“The Garden Suite” Conference Centre at Harvey’s Point

The programme aims to empower, educate, mentor and bring together ambitious, entrepreneurial businesswomen to create a network, where women can redefine what’s possible for themselves and their business.

It is directed at women who lead their own business and have growth ambitions for those businesses.

AIB undertook extensive research with women business owners and commissioned independent research by B&A, which showed that one of the biggest asks from women in business is help with accessing tools, skills and guidance to grow and scale their businesses.

Women in Enterprise is an innovative initiative designed to help women grow themselves and others, both personally and professionally, through leadership, education and networking support, fast-tracking them to real business success.

Joanne Hession, Founder of The Entrepreneurs Academy, at the AIB Women In Enterprise Masterclass Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe

Joanne Hession, Founder of The Entrepreneurs Academy said: “The Entrepreneurs Academy has an exceptional track record in creating high impact training and mentoring and we are delighted to partner with AIB on this extraordinary programme. I’ve wanted to run a programme like this for many years and I’m delighted to announce that at last we can.

“AIB Women in Enterprise programme is comprised of a series of masterclasses and Growth & Leadership programmes for female entrepreneurs looking to work on their business instead of in their business. There are such hard-working entrepreneurs in this country that deserve to be able to access learning and development of this caliber, this programme will really help them and their businesses grow to the next stage,” Joanne added.

Speaking about the programme, Robert Mulhall, Managing Director, Retail and Commercial Banking said, “AIB is fully committed to being the bank where existing and future female business owners feel they can and want to do business. We support and encourage female entrepreneurship and women in business every step of the way, with access to educational expertise, mentoring, peer support and funding. We have put this programme in place to do that and to back our customers’ when it comes to starting and growing their own business.”

In addition, two Growth Academy Workshop Programmes, which both include six full-day workshops are open to 20 ambitious female entrepreneurs who are AIB business account holders.

The Academy, located in Dublin and Cork, consists of highly engaging full day workshops. Each group will be facilitated to become its own peer board and will be supported by ongoing peer support network the ‘Board you can’t afford’, an accountability system and online community development.

Further information on AIB Women in Enterprise is available at


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