The CÉIM (Commercialising Entrepreneurial Ideas and Management Development) programme 2011 is once again inviting applications from people who wish to commercialise their knowledge or technology idea and take it to the next stage. The programme begins in June 2011 and closing date for applications is 13 May 2011. It runs at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo) campuses. The CÉIM programme has a strong track record supporting entrepreneurs in the knowledge and technology sectors and has already helped up to 70 companies in the North West become established. It could be very valuable to anyone who has a strong business idea, already based in the region, is a graduate or who wishes to return to the North West. The programme is supported by Enterprise Ireland, Udáras na Gaeltachta, the County Enterprise Boards in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim and is managed by WESTBIC.
CÉIM is a full time 12 month programme where entrepreneurs are surrounded by high level business expertise in marketing, business development, patenting and product development. It successfully draws on regional resources - IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT to bring relevant, tangible support to entrepreneurs. One of the things which makes CÉIM distinct is that it facilitates many new products and services. Previous participants come from the technology, engineering, food or medical industries and have been through selection process to take part.
Heinrich Anhold from Sligo is Founder of Epona Biotech which won the title of Best Emerging Company of 2010 in the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition. According to Heinrich, "CÉIM provided me with a place to learn about entrepreneurship and to share thoughts and ideas in the very early stages of my company. I learned from the instructors and mentors, but equally so from the other participants and course co-ordinators. I would recommend CÉIM to anybody starting out for the first time".
John McNamara, Sendmode, a mobile marketing company which provides cost effective options for businesses to generate sales and a winner of a 2011 Donegal Enterprise Award says, "CÉIM gave me a strategic focus and provided a structured approach as to how organise our business from the very outset. The standard of lecturers and mentors was outstanding and we had access to experts who added real value and provided valuable pointers during the start-up development process. I also found I learned a lot from sharing ideas and discussing these with the other participants."