Expert training for aspiring entrepreneurs

Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly pictured with Valerie McNamara, Karen Moore, Colman Farrell, Miriam De Feu, Margaret Denmead, Eileen Diskin, Springboard and Tom Watts, ConnectIreland at the information evening at the Pembroke hosted by the Innovation Academy.
There are still places on an innovative and exciting for Community Entrepreneurship Programme which starts tomorrow evening (Thursday) in the city.

There are still places on an innovative and exciting for Community Entrepreneurship Programme which starts tomorrow evening (Thursday) in the city.

This course is part of the Government Springboard initiative which provides free training and education.

This course is aimed at those who want to transform their ideas into a business or brainstorm with established and successful businesspeople.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise will be held over 18 weeks at the Pembroke Hotel Business Centre and will include participation from a number of locally-based companies.

Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon will be joining as a guest speaker as will Tom Watts of ConnectIreland.

A number of other high-profile companies are also taking part in the initiative.

The course is part of the Community Entrepreneurship Programme, which is a collaboration between the Innovation Academy, UCD and the GAA to help participants develop the confidence and skills to turn their ideas into business ventures and is aimed at promoting sustainable communities.

It is facilitated by entrepreneurs who apply their own experiences and knowledge to the design and delivery of the programme.

There are no exams and participants ‘learn by doing’, working in teams to develop key entrepreneurial skills.

“Entrepreneurship is at the heart of sustainable communities and this is recognised by the Government which has published the Entrepreneurship Forum Report,” said Professor Suzi Jarvis of the Innovation Academy.

For more information call (01) 7162049.