Now in its 14th year, Genesis has a record in facilitating over 180 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. The real measure of its success is that more than 70% of the start-up businesses who emerged from the Genesis programme are in operation five years on, employing well over 1,200 people, in the South West of Ireland. At a time when exports have never been so important to the future of our economy, over 50% of the businesses are selling to customers in international markets. Many have become Enterprise Ireland “High Potential Start-Ups” and raised significant angel and venture capital investment.
PINC is a part-time programme for female entrepreneurs who want to take their business ideas to the next stage. The programme is run over ten weeks, part-time, allowing participants to meet their family commitments and at the same time plan and develop their ventures. The programme is run in the Rubicon Centre in Cork and the deadline for applications is the 11th March.
The Entrepreneur Experience is a unique event for Ireland's emerging Entrepreneurs to gain exclusive access to some of Ireland's most successful Entrepreneurs. Developed by CorkBIC and driven by CorkBIC board member Jim Breen, CEO PulseLearning, this event is an exceptional opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs with a new idea, an investor ready proposition or with an established business that is seeking to scale. The emerging entrepreneurs will get a critical review as well as being shown how to create, access and capture new opportunities with group and one-to-one sessions with some of Irelands leading Entrepreneurs.
The commercialisation and spin-out of advanced research at UCC will create 90 new jobs in emerging Irish companies at a €2 million business incubation centre opened recently by Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Minister Batt O’Keeffe, T.D. The gatewayUCC centre will support the launch of new and knowledge intensive businesses at a highly modern facility located centrally among UCC’s research and academic community. The centre has been developed with funding from UCC and Enterprise Ireland.
Green Works, the free education programme for jobseekers, has announced dates for more than 50 new courses taking place across Ireland in 2011. The courses, which focus on opportunities within the emergent Green Economy, will take place in the Green Works Hubs in Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Tipperary between January and June of this year.