Are you a budding food entrepreneur? Do you have a big idea for a food business? Could you create a successful and scalable global food business? Food Works, an intensive business development and accelerator programme designed for food and drink start-ups, could be the ideal opportunity for you. Ambitious individuals, with an interest in building an international food or drink business in Ireland, are being sought for participation in Food Works, a programme jointly run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.
A new accelerator programme, called SPRINT, was launched today at Gateway UCC by Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland and UCC VP for Research & Innovation Anita Maguire. Designed to support early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs and UCC-based researchers, the SPRINT Accelerator will focus on commercialisation strategies and routes to market.
Over 1,500 jobs will be created over the next three years by 105 High Potential Start-Up (HPSUs) companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2015. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 to 4 years of starting up.
Pivotal®, the company accelerating digital transformation for enterprises, today announced the creation of 130 new jobs and an investment of approximately €100 million in Ireland over the next five years, rapidly expanding the company's presence in the Irish market. Silicon Valley-head-quartered Pivotal is partially owned by EMC Corporation and VMware, Inc. with General Electric becoming an investor in May 2013.
Ireland's Startup Gathering programme of over 400 events gets underway in the Google Foundry on Monday 5 October with the Dublin Startup Island 2020 Forum, which will include guest speakers from Startup Commons Global, Intel's Internet of Things, Dell, and Startup Gathering sponsor Bank of Ireland. The event will be addressed by Irish Government Ministers; Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Ged Nash, Minister for Business & Employment.
The top awards at this year's Student Enterprise Awards National Finals have gone to enterprising teens from Offaly, South Dublin and North Cork. Co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices across Ireland, the 13th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park saw 300 student entrepreneurs showcase 74 different businesses, across Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories. 17,000 students from 370 schools take part in the programme every year.