On March 2nd, more than 70 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda, as part of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition, managed by The Mill Enterprise Hub.

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The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process. They also heard sixteen year old local student, Aizzah Adil, outline her visit to Washington DC for the recent US Presidential Inauguration ceremony, and her thoughts on attending the Global Young Leaders Conference.

According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for students as they complete their DYI application. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”.

 

The guest speaker, Aizzah Adil, who is a student at Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, vividly outlined her thoughts on how the best leaders operate. According to Aizzah, “we were lucky to meet a number of international leaders from the world of Arts, Business, and Politics. The common thread amongst them is that they can bring other people onto their team, and are also open to listening to advice, when needed”. In a passionate speech, Aizzah spoke of her wish to ‘change the world’, and was adamant that all the students in attendance were capable of doing so.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, said Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. The students now have a hunger to work on their projects and aim to attend the final at East Coast Bakehouse’s Innovation Centre on May 12th. The generous sponsorship of cash prizes for group and individuals has helped to see the number of applications in 2017 double to over 100, highlighting the number of innovative ideas in the region”.

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Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2017 Drogheda Young Innovators competition.

The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda's Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Now in its 3rd year, the 2017 competition was launched on Thursday January 19th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on March 2nd at Coca-Cola’s Southgate office which will look at divergent & convergent methods of thinking in identifying and defining innovative ideas. The final will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Innovation Centre in Drogheda.

There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply.

Drogheda Grammar School scooped the top award in 2016 with its team of three – Simon Radike, Cian Mc Grady and Charlie Kinsella. They started Flashdiscs, a company developing & selling leaving certificate revision material on audio CDs.

“Recognising & rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com.

Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer.
Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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This course is ideal for those who already have a Facebook page for their business and want to learn more about how to increase engagement, add apps & advertise on Facebook

  • A review of a Facebook’s page main features
  • Scheduling posts & media types
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  • Facebook Ad Campaigns – types, targets & Power Editor
  • Running a Facebook competition
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On completion participants will have a knowledge of tools & methods to increase engagement and extend the reach of Facebook posts through advertising.

Date: Thursday 1st June 2017

Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 2pm

Cost: €20

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‘Join 14 million people who use MailChimp to grow their businesses on their terms.’

Newsletters are still a very effective way of communicating directly with your customers. If you want to learn how to use MailChimp for your business then this course is for you.

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By the end of this course you will have setup a MailChimp account, created and sent out a newsletter.

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Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Time: 10am to 1pm

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“Marketing with a Tight Budget” is designed to support SME business owners looking for efficient, effective and low-cost marketing strategies to help the business to grow and prosper. Marketing is an essential commercial function, no matter what type of business you run, or what type of business you plan to start. Without marketing, no-one will know your business exists. This workshop focuses on conventional and traditional marketing strategies that will complement online strategies.

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Customer Focus – Customer Needs 

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Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: The Mill, Newton Link Road, Drogheda.

Cost: €20

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Whether you are planning to start a business or if you already run a small business, you need to be aware of the basic requirements in relation to record keeping. Not only do you need to be able to understand how your business is performing but you also need to be able to compile the information required to comply with the various tax regulations. Your bank will also expect you to keep your financial information up to date.

This Workshop will provide an overview of all aspects of maintaining proper books of account for a start-up or small business. You will be guided through the setting up of a proper system of book-keeping and how to use the information recorded, to run your business. The Workshop will also touch on cash flow management and tax registration and compliance.

The basic fundamentals of finance includes being able to address the following:

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  • Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
  • Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
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Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Time: 10am to 1pm

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Time: 10am to 1pm

Cost: €20

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7c6sv9fwWe’re delighted to welcome Orlaith Carmody to The Mill on January 31st for a one day Masterclass on
Communication & Presentation skills. This course is specifically aimed at businesses targeting Managing Directors, Owner-Managers and C-Level executives. Places are restricted to six people due to the highly-interactive nature of the workshop.

 

Participants in the workshop will:

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  • Building a narrative
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book-cover-480-197x300Orlaith Carmody is the author of Perform As A Leader, and the Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie.  A highly skilled corporate trainer, leadership consultant and strategy coach, she is in demand as a keynote speaker, conference chair and seminar leader. Over the years she has worked with some of Ireland’s most influential business people, networks and political groups, and has presented at conferences in the USA, UAE, Canada and all over Europe.

 

 

Contact Anna at admin@themilldrogheda.ie or 041-9802444 for additional information.

 

Date: Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: €195 per person, Lunch included

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The Mill is actively seeking new tenants: Apply for a hotdesk or an office NOW!

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The Mill’s extension is now complete, doubling the size of office, meeting / training  room, and hotdesk space available for startups and expanding businesses in the greater Drogheda region. This extension was always our intention, and will enable us to increase our support via dedicated programmes and mentoring sessions. We welcome enquiries from innovative and technology-based companies who wish to become part of a vibrant startup hub in a hi-tech environment. We received very strong support from the local community of small businesses and corporations to complete our extension, and couldn’t have done it without them.

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Our new building contains a dedicated ‘Start-Up Lab’ and co-working space. Co-working space has become extremely popular as it allows startups to avail of premium resources with no hidden extras – You pay a single monthly or daily charge and become part of the creative community of ‘Mill-ers’.

We also have  a new 67m2 training & conference room which will offer a premium solution to training providers in the region, and local companies seeking quality facilities for their boardroom meetings.

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cdroundelwithtextbelowltbgOn Friday, 4th November, a group of 15 students paid a visit to the Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin, and met engineers from Mastercard, who introduced the coders to the brand new payments technologies out there. This field trip enabled all participants to gather necessary information for the Payments Dojo project, which has commenced at the Bank of Ireland Drogheda branch in partnership with The Mill.

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The first Payments Dojo took place in the Bank of Ireland on Saturday, 8th October, with 15 students attending the introductory session and sharing ideas on the project. The theme of the new dojo is Digital and we are planning to run a fun and exciting new project relating to payments and payments technology over the coming six months. This follows our recent National ePayments Conference on September 2nd, and our on-going championing of www.M1PaymentsCorridor.com .

What Is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

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