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Supporting Female Entrepreneurship


WREN is a training and mentoring programme for women who wish to become self-employed or who are already in the early stages of business development.  The online, interactive workshops, are delivered via Zoom and provide the essential skills to develop the Good Business Practices necessary for the development of a sustainable business

Artists, Makers & Designers Enterprise Programme

The next WREN Programme will focus on Art, Craft & Design and the modules include:

  • Practical Business Skills Training
    – Analysing your product range
    – Marketing your product
    – Costing & pricing your product
    – How to be tax compliant
    – Are you eligible for the Artists’ Exemption?
    – Planing strategically for the future development of your business
  • On-line learning supports
  • One to One Mentoring with a subject matter expert
  • Female “role model” sharing of experience & support
  • Facilitated Networking sessions
  • Many other supports

Applications are Open!

The programme will start on 9th September and classes will be held, one morning per week for 3 hours until the end of November 2021. One to one and group supports on personal and business development will be provided.


Who can Apply?

SECAD is working in partnership with Ballyhoura Development in Limerick on the delivery of this project and applications are sought from women living in the Munster area.

How to Apply?

The closing date for applications is 20th August 2021 and interviews will be held in late August. Please click here for the link to apply for a place on the programme.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, contact Frances Doyle

E: fdoyle@secad.ie
T: 021 461 3432

Our Tutors

Marian McDonald has more than 3 decades of experience dealing with start up and developing businesses, especially in the Craft Sector. She is a Mentor with the DCCI & Visual Artists Ireland.

Colin McKeown has over 35 years of experience in advertising, design and the creative industries. He has extensive knowledge in designing, branding and service design strategies.

Funding for WREN

The WREN project is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 to promote entrepreneurial skills and business start-up amongst women in the region.

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Before I did the course I was at a standstill  with my business idea. The expertise provided on the course enabled me to focus on my business plan, and helped put everything in place to get it off the ground and on a good footing”
Dorothy O' Tuama

Founder, Lee Valley Taste Trails