Looking to the entrepreneurs of the future

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

17 April 2014; Pictured at the Allianz Hurling League Semi-Finals preview is Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny. Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
If you want to transform your ideas into a business then come along to an information evening at the Pembroke Hotel today where there will be plenty of information available to get you started.

If you want to transform your ideas into a business then come along to an information evening at the Pembroke Hotel today where there will be plenty of information available to get you started.

The Innovation Academy in UCD has begun enrolment for a new entrepreneurship course starting in Kilkenny city on May 1.

The course will be held over 18 weeks at the Pembroke Hotel, business centre and anyone interested in applying should come along to an information evening this evening (April 24) at the Pembroke Hotel between 6-8pm to learn more about the course before enrolling.

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

The Community Entrepreneurship Programme facilitates those in rural communities to take a fresh look at their resources and examine how they can best harness them. Delivered over 18 weeks it is facilitated by entrepreneurs who apply their own experiences and knowledge to the design and delivery of the programme.

The programme is open to HEA Springboard applicants and participants who complete the Level 9 course will be presented with a Post graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise from University College in Dublin.

There are no exams and participants ‘learn by doing’, working in teams to develop key entrepreneurial skills. Professor Suzi Jarvis, Founding Director, Innovation Academy, UCD said:

“Entrepreneurship is at the heart of sustainable communities and this is recognised by the Government which has published the Entrepreneurship Forum Report.

The GAA and the Innovation Academy UCD through the Community Entrepreneurship Programme are providing very direct support to individuals living in rural communities to take that step to becoming entrepreneurs. We greatly value this collaboration with the GAA and look forward to growing the Community Entrepreneurship Programme with the Association,” she said.

More information is also available at www.springboardcourses.ie, or by calling Josephine on (01) 7162049.