2019 Thrive Project Participants Announced

The eight food and drink participants for the 2019 Thrive Project have been announced by joint organisers Coca-Cola and Enterprise Ireland.

The leadership programme offers founders and promoters the opportunity to gain insights and expertise from some of The Coca-Cola Company’s most senior executive leaders to help the companies scale internationally. The Thrive Project also gives the participants additional support from Enterprise Ireland through business planning and strategy workshops.

This year’s participants are:

  • Ballymaloe Foods
  • Blanco Nino
  • Boann Distillery
  • Dairy Concepts
  • Keoghs Crisps
  • Killowen Yogurt
  • Loughnanes
  • Rye River

Leaders from the chosen Irish companies will travel to Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta to take part in a two day bootcamp with senior Coca-Cola executives. While in Atlanta, the founders will engage in interactive coaching sessions on strategy development, commercialisation and research and development. Each participant will bring a current business challenge to the bootcamp and will have the opportunity to work through that challenge with an expert in that specific field from The Coca-Cola Company.

On return from Atlanta The Thrive project continues with a series of workshops on business planning and strategy led by Enterprise Ireland.

The Thrive Project concludes with a two-day visit to Coca-Cola Western European Headquarters in London, where they will take part in strategy and innovation sessions with senior Coca-Cola executives.

Throughout the six month programme, Enterprise Ireland will support the participants with one-on-one coaching sessions and in the development of a robust financial plan for their future. The programme culminates in October with a graduation ceremony.

Petre Sandru, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland, said: “The Thrive Project allows us to share our best practices and experience with innovative Irish companies. We believe this year’s participants have the potential to become global brands and to that end we are delighted to partner with Enterprise Ireland and DCU to deliver this initiative.”


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