Innovation Fund

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REPRO FREE: 24th October 2013
Some of the foremost women in Irish business have come together with their expertise, knowledge and acumen to fund budding business women in the developing world through the provision of training in micro-enterprise. Top names including Lucy Gaffney, Chairperson of Communicorp and Niamh Scannell of Intel launched Plan Ireland’s Women’s Innovation Fund today, (24th) at Davy Stockbrokers, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Over 100 female business leaders from the technology, finance, retail and commercial sector attended on the night. It was compared by journalist Alison O’Connor. The Women’s Innovation Fund enables Irish businesswomen to directly fund their counterparts in the developing world. Through the provision of hands-on training across a range of technical and business skills, Plan Ireland’s Women’s Innovation Fund aims to replicate the successes made here at home across the developing world, by training and supporting women, thus achieving real business results. Through a credit union style system known as Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), Plan Ireland’s Women’s Innovation Fund aims to train 200 mentors in micro-enterprise at a cost of €250. These mentors will then go on to train over 3,000 women in their communities to become self sufficient through small business and micro-finance. Pictured were Lucy Gaffney Chairman Communicorp, Alison O’Connor, jounalist and MC with Niamh Scannell Director Ageing Services Intel Labs with and Geraldine Kelly, Chair Plan Ireland. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.