Local Enterprise Office and Bord Bia launch entrepreneurs programme

Food startups are set to benefit from a new initiative by Bord Bia and Local Enterprise
Food startups are set to benefit from a new initiative by Bord Bia and Local Enterprise

A new programme has been launched by the Local Enterprise Office and Bord Bia, aimed at promoting food start-ups by offering practical support to "bring ideas and products to life".

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16 May 2018 | 0

A new programme aimed at attracting more new Irish food start-ups to the market has been launched by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, with a view to providing assistance to emerging food entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to life.

The Food Starter programme will run across two days and focus on providing new and emerging food businesses with crucial information and advice in their early stages of food production. This will include product research, identifying gaps and opportunities in the food market, branding and brand building, production costs and distribution.

Minister Humphreys said the objective of the programme, created in association with Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office, is to give Irish food entrepreneurs the chance to “shine”.

“Ireland’s food business industry is one of the finest in the world,” she said, “but we must continue to foster the next generation of food start-ups. We have an estimated 250 emerging new food entrepreneurs annually in Ireland and with the Food Starter Programme, we aim to give these entrepreneurs the access to the guidance and mentoring they need to help them get their products onto shelves.”

The programme is set out in an interactive workshop format which will include case study reviews of food producers sharing their learnings, break-out exercises and preparation for the next generation of food entrepreneurs to navigate their journey successfully.

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