Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, Conor Carmody, Dublin BIC and Sarita Johnston, Enterprise Ireland, announcing the funding. (Fennell Photography)

Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs opened for applications this week.

Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies.

Last year, one in three companies who received CSF investment from Enterprise Ireland were female-led.

As well as securing up to €50k in funding, 10 of the successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in Dublin BIC’s INNOVATE accelerator programme.

Delivered over a 12-week period in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, the interactive INNOVATE programme will increase the capabilities of the participants and move them to investor-ready within a short period.

Full details on the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs, including the application form and eligibility criteria, can be accessed on the Enterprise Ireland website

The Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs will close for submissions at 3pm on Wednesday, May 17.