Training female entrepreneurs: lessons from the FEIW project

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dc.contributor.author Tynan, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Thomas, Dennis Aubrey
dc.contributor.author Durand, Margaret
dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Bill
dc.contributor.author Fuller-Love, Nerys
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-30T09:25:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-30T09:25:24Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07-01
dc.identifier.citation Tynan , M , Thomas , D A , Durand , M , O'Gorman , B & Fuller-Love , N 2009 , ' Training female entrepreneurs: lessons from the FEIW project ' International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship , vol 1 , no. 3 , pp. 253 - 260 . , 10.1108/17566260910990928 en
dc.identifier.issn 1756-6266
dc.identifier.other PURE: 149449
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/4622
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4622
dc.identifier.uri http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17566260910990928 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline the authors' experiences of designing and implementing an enterprise development programme for female entrepreneurs. The programme targets those women who already have a business and wish to grow it further. Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes the motivation for the programme and the range of issues which is encountered in its design and delivery. It concludes with a brief assessment of lessons learned. Findings – In addition to the importance of design and focus, the experiences of the Female Entrepreneurship Ireland-Wales (FEIW) project indicate the need for appropriate programme presentation and marketing; networking and mentoring aspects are also hightlighted. Research limitations/implications – As this is a pilot project with flexibility to adapt to the needs of the participants, it is not possible to apply a robust evaluative framework, although such a framework will need to be developed in due course. That said, the qualitative data collected pre-, during and post-programme delivery offer valuable insights to the needs of female entrepreneurs; this learning may be incorporated into the design of future programmes. Practical implications – The FEIW programme is essentially a pilot initiative and is delivered in only two regions. Thus, it is difficult to generalise findings. Originality/value – As a case study, the experiences of the FEIW project contribute valuable empirical evidence regarding the design and implementation of an enterprise programme for female entrepreneurs. en
dc.format.extent 8 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship en
dc.subject Education and training en
dc.subject Entrepreneurialism en
dc.subject Entrepreneurs en
dc.subject Networking en
dc.subject Women en
dc.title Training female entrepreneurs: lessons from the FEIW project en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17566260910990928
dc.contributor.institution Centre for Local and Regional Enterprise en
dc.contributor.institution School of Management & Business en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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