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IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyre programme.

Session details:

1. “Creative Problem Solving” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Design Thinking” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Digital Technology” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

Mentoring

As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aim: To provide the opportunity & environment for young unemployed people to explore self-employment as an alternative to a life of unemployment.

IgnYte will recruit motivated individuals who have an interest in setting up a new enterprise (social or for-profit, part-time or full-time) onto the Programme.

  • Are you aged between 16 & 30?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • Are you interested in one day working for yourself instead of for someone else?
  • Are you passionate about something?
  • Have you a hobby you are enthusiastic about?
  • Do you want to explore starting a new business (perhaps based on your hobby or interests)?
  • Do you see yourself as different from others?
  • Do you envy those who work for themselves?
  • Do you feel others do not fully understand you?
  • Do you dream about one day becoming financially independent?
  • Are you not afraid of taking calculated risks?
  • Are you prepared to work hard to realise your dreams?
  • Are you willing to commit yourself 100% NOW so as to move closer to becoming your own boss one day?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions then you are ready to apply for IgnYte. Based in The Mill, Drogheda – IgnYte will fire up your ambitions & give you a fresh outlook on the future. Provided you are willing to participate fully, IgnYte will be a life changing experience. Over a 3 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills. Everybody who participates in IgnYte will be a winner.

So if you wish to apply for the next IgnYte programme, click below to download your application form, fill in your details & send them to Anna admin@themilldrogheda.ie.

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Declan Costello – Head of IT infrastructure at Ryanair will talk aboutImage result for ryanair logo

– Where Ryanair came from,
– The changes over the last few years,
– How they achieved the changes,
– What’s coming in future

Declan has been working in IT for 19 years across Manufacturing, Finance, Gaming and Aviation sectors. Currently lead a team of Infrastructure and Operations specialists managing 200 locations, 7 data centres and all systems for the world’s largest international airline.

 

In the last 2 years they have introduced DevOps processes to the environment, migrated services to cloud vendors, re-architected the web applications infrastructure architecture to cater for increased demands of our business and customers.

Declan’s presentation is about the journey Ryanair Website has made from its beinginnings to current status. This covers the “old” Ryanair site and shows the changes they have made to make themselves more customer friendly.

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Date: Wed 30 August 2017

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

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The latest Refresh Boyne event on June 29th saw a packed house at The Cross Pub in Drogheda listening to Brendan Kearns, an Australian Digital Product Designer, based in London, speaking on ‘Creating a Design Culture’. This continues Refresh Boyne’s strong track record of bringing leading creative and technical thinkers to the NorthEast region.

For almost a decade Brendan has worked with design studios and technology companies in Australia, Europe, and North America. Currently lead designer for InVision Enterprise, the driving force behind design and collaboration at some of the world’s most innovative companies, Brendan is working on building a more powerful design process for millions of users. InVision simplifies virtually every aspect of the product design workflow and makes collaboration a core part of the process for millions of people across design, development, project management and marketing. Organisations such as Twitter, Sony, IBM, Uber, Evernote, and Salesforce rely on InVision Enterprise to power their design process.

During his talk, Brendan mentioned the following:

  • Learnings from some of tech’s best design teams
  • InVision’s seven principles of digital product design
  • How to start becoming a user-centered company
  • How designers can own user problems inside organisations.
  • Choosing the right methods for design at scale.
  • Start to create a design culture inside organisations

According to Sean Downey of Refresh Boyne “I was aware that the Boyne region had a very strong creative tradition, but I felt that a lot of the activity was fragmented and below the radar. Refresh Boyne events offer local creative talent and startups an opportunity to hear from leading thinkers across the creative and technical sectors, which are continually criss-crossing with each other”

Breanndán Casey of The Mill commented that “prior to the establishment of the Refresh Boyne voluntary organisation, it was difficult for like-minded startups in the technical and creative sectors to meet at the same event. The caliber of speakers has been very exciting, and includes startup expert Eamon Leonard, Valista Founder Raomal Perrera, and PR Guru Paul Hayes. Past topics include Gaming, Mongo DB, Lean Startup methodology, UX, and Podcasting. Our future speakers include Declan Costello, Head of IT Infrastructure at Ryanair speaking on ‘The Digital Transformation of Ryanair’, and International Investor Bill Liao of SOS Ventures on ‘Turning Impossible into Inevitable’.

All Refresh Boyne events are free and attendees can register at www.refreshboyne.org .

 

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

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On Friday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Centre of Innovation. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 100 applications, were reviewed in details by the judges. The overall winner was Blathnaid Murphy, a student at Our Lady’s College, Greeenhills, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

The judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition were (from left): Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery, Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse, Cormac Bohan of State Street and Sean McEntee of The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the fourth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with circa 100 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

Over 50 students had an opportunity to question a panel of local innovators including Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse / Dragon’s Den, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific, Cormac Bohan of State Street, and Sean MacEntee of The Mill Enterprise on starting and growing a business, and how to ensure that innovation remains a focal point of your business. Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I can see how the judges had an extremely difficult process to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2017 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties” – Overall winner of DYI 2017, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Blathnaid Murphy).
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” receives her awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “YAMA music portfolio” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project ‘Yama Portfolio’ won an award in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”– Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, who won the Individual Business category and was also the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition speaks about her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” at the presentation ceremony at East Coast Bakehouse.
  • “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Scoil Uí Mhuiri (Patrick Dorian)
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer who won first prize in the Social Enterprise Individual category of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” receives his award from sponsors Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Cormac Bohan of State Street.
  • “Totem” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Drogheda Grammar School
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “The antimicrobial potential of tree bark extracts” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Niamh Ann Kelly)
The winner of the Individual Science section of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, Niamh Kelly of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, is presented with her award by Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific.
  • “Edible insects for sustainable future” – Science Group Category, St. Oliver’s Community College

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, says Sean MacEntee, a Director at The Mill Enterprise Centre, “We also had 80 students attend the Innovation Workshop at Coca-Cola in March which gave students an opportunity to work on the innovation process.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “Blathnaid has already won a National Student Enterprise Award, and is the youngest winner of this competition. In the future, I’ve no doubt that these students will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. This project gives them an opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Stephen Finnegan, Sean Savage and Ben Tracey from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their mini company “Custom Crafts” at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) final.
Matthew Lenehan (left) and James Ludlow from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose company M&J Displays won through to the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrew McCormack from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project Mac Crafts was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrejs Telica and Matthew O’Connell from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project AM Productions with Cormac Bohan of State Street who was one of the judges at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Seb Lennon and Calum Agnew of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “40 licks” was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Alex Finnegan and Ryan Farrell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “AR Crafts” at the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jack Bogue and Dylan Gallagher of St. Mary’s Diocesan School tell Geoff Fitzpatrick, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, about their project called “Scentsational”.
Christopher Healy and Connor Brennan of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Common Scents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jamie Winter, Nick Callan and Adam Callanan of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with their project “Pro Teen” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, who was the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties mini company.
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Drogheda Grammar School girls Megan Semple, Carly Gallagher and Alex O’Callaghan with their project Flash Photobooth at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Greenhills girls Jennifer Milne, Lana O’Connor, Laura Doorly, Rebecca McCullough and Katelyn Teelan with their project called “Bandit” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Amy McGuire of Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls, with canine friend Doggie Denz at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls student Niamh Kelly explains her project entitled “The Antimicrobial Potential of Tree Bark Extracts” to Sean McEntee, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project “Yama Portfolio” was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
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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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The Mill is actively seeking new tenants: Apply for a hotdesk or an office NOW!

Fill in this application form and send it to Anna admin@themilldrogheda.ie 

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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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phase-2-first-floor-work-in-progressOn Thursday, 1st December 2016, we’re holding an open doors event in The Mill and giving you a chance to check out our newly-built Phase 2 facilities, including offices, hotdesks and casual drop-in areas.

It is going to be an informal event with loads of coffee and biscuits, group tours and free advice.

Date: Thursday, 1st December 2016

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Please see a hotdesk brochure here (click on pdf icon):

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illuminate-logo-yellowOn Thursday, 17th November, Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Dragon’s Den, launched the Boyne Valley / M1 ‘Illuminate’ Female Entrepreneurship Programme at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda. The programme is delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy and is a Fetac-accredited course aimed at entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business. Guest speakers on the day also included Bronagh Conlon of Network Louth, and Jill Stout of CooKit Kids who participated in the first Illuminate programme.

Application Form (click on the Word Doc icon): Image result for word doc

Applications accepted until 16th December 2016

Place confirmation: 13th January 2017

Course start date: 30th January 2017

Send your application to Anna: admin@themilldrogheda.ie

Orla Thornton, AIB, Breanndáin Casey, The Mill, Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery and Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's kItchen Cookery school at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Breanndáin Casey, The Mill, Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery and Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s kItchen Cookery school at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Alison Cowzer is a Co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse, the new large scale food manufacturing business based in Drogheda who are producing a range of cookies and biscuits for the Irish, UK and European markets. Alison outlined the high points of listening to 53 pitches on Dragon’s Den “the most successful companies have to be adaptable and continually listen to their customers. It’s critical that you also know all the relevant financial figures. A common issue for females is that they don’t ask for the correct amount of money that is needed to deliver their vision. You need to be confident that you can deliver on your promises, and having the right resources is integral to that challenge”.

Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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The Illuminate programme was created by The Mill Enterprise Hub, with assistance from DKIT and DCU Ryan Academy, to empower early stage female entrepreneurs to develop and expand their business. The programme is supported by Coca-Cola International Services, AIB, and the Louth & Meath Local Enterprise Offices. Applications are now open, with the closing date of 16th December.

Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Distillery at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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“I found the Illuminate course to be of tremendous value to me as a businesswoman”, said Jill of Cookit Kids, “I was able to spend valuable time working on my business in terms of developing the model and to truthfully analyse it, with the guidance and help of some amazing professionals”.

Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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The first Illuminate course, commenced in October 2015 and enabled early-stage female entrepreneurs from Louth and Meath an opportunity to participate in the specially created course, which is accredited by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) at Level 6, Minor Award. The programme fast-tracked entrepreneurs businesses to develop their business and leadership skills, achieve scale, and create employment. Participants were given the knowledge, skills and understanding to commercialise sustainable and profitable products by completing 12 study modules including Sales Strategy, Project Management, Business Risk Management, Sustaining & Growing Your Business, Marketing, and Leadership.

Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub, stated that “it’s great to see Coca-Cola International Services and AIB come on board again to support local business. This keeps the price extremely competitive, and the course is an opportunity to step back from day-to-day activities, and to carefully consider the long-term strategy and goals of their business, as part of the Business Model Canvas exercise”.

Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill's KItchen Cookery School, Caroline Lynch, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Orla Thornton, AIB and Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Alison Cowzer, East Coast Bakehouse, Christine Meade, AIB, Jillian Stout, Cookit Kids and Jill’s KItchen Cookery School, Caroline Lynch, Local Enterprise Office Louth, Orla Thornton, AIB and Breanndáin Casey, The Mill at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews
Diane McGovern, Jean Moore, Shiny SparklyU and Helen McEntee, Kumon and DS Delta at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Diane McGovern, Jean Moore, Shiny SparklyU and Helen McEntee, Kumon and DS Delta at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Maria Forde Dunne, Bridget Kerrigan, Bammedia and Lisa Heeney, Aromabump at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda. Photo - Jenny Matthews
Orla Thornton, AIB, Maria Forde Dunne, Bridget Kerrigan, Bammedia and Lisa Heeney, Aromabump at the ‘Illuminate’ Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme event at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo – Jenny Matthews

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