Calling all Roscommon-based female entrepreneurs and business owners!

Visa is launching its global programme, ‘She’s Next, Empowered by Visa,’ in Ireland to support women-led small and independent businesses in Roscommon, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Europe’s inaugural She’s Next programme will provide funding options for women business-owners in Ireland, with the chance to apply for one of five grants totalling €25,000.

In partnership with the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses IFundWomen, women entrepreneurs, across all industries and sectors, are invited to apply for one of five €5,000 grants. The businesses will also be awarded mentorship and coaching for one year to support them with moving their business forward.

Applications are invited under five different categories: micro business (sole proprietorships or microbusinesses with no more than two employees), early-stage business (businesses founded and incorporated within the last twenty-eight months), and small business (any small business with less than 50 employees), as well as an additional two categories for innovation (businesses in science, technology, engineering or medicine that are focused on developing new technologies), and social impact (small businesses and not for profit organisations that have made a positive impact on their communities).

Applications are now open until November 2nd. To enter, applicants are asked to submit details about their business and online presence at IFundWomen.com/VisaIreland.