Kick-starting the recruitment campaign for Food Works 2019, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc have announced the coming together of some of Ireland’s best business minds to help develop the next batch of serial food and drink entrepreneurs and high potential start-ups.
David McKernan, Java Republic; Ann Murray, Lír Chocolates; Paddy Callaghan, Natures Best; Pat Rigney, The Shed Distillery, Stephen Twadell, Food Investor & Business Coach; Larry Murrin, Dawn Farm Foods and John O’Brien, O’Brien Fine Foods were announced as ambassadors for the next phase of the programme which chas commenced recruitment.
As Ireland’s leading accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups, Food Works is this year targeting food and drink business propositions, including those from serial entrepreneurs, with significant potential to scale. Applications are being sought from individuals and companies at various stages of development, from start-ups through to existing businesses with a strong entrepreneurial ethos.
Food Works is an intensive programme which guides successful participants from the initial concept phase through to the development of a winning food product with international appeal and global export potential. This includes the provision of a full range of practical business supports designed to provide participants with an investor-ready business plan.
Among the supports are consumer market research, one-to-one mentoring, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to fast track access to research and development (R&D) facilities, possible investors and state funding.
Following the formal application process, finalists will be shortlisted to take part in an industry-led bootcamp in January, following which the successful final programme participants will be selected.
Karen Tyner, Senior Manager, Bord Bia, said: “We are looking for companies with innovative products, export potential, financial viability and a strong team to join the sixth phase of our programme. This year we are also keen to attract individuals who have the ambition to become serial entrepreneurs who we will tailor a bespoke package of supports for. The key for us is identifying propositions which meet a genuine market need and can demonstrate an opportunity to scale for the export market.”
For more information on how to register and to find out about dates and locations of regional meetings, visit www.foodworksireland.ie.