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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Ignyte avatarIt’s not everyday that a Louth Team has success in Croke Park!

Well the last week of May 2015 saw a very successful outcome for The Mill’s 2nd IgnYte programme participants.

Maria McCabe & Mary Aylward gave a very moving explanation of how the recently developed Access App came about & how it is likely to improve the quality of lives for all wheelchair users.

The event was the culmination of weeks of hard work – with the YSI run ‘Youth in the Community’ initiative coming to a successful conclusion.

Certificates were presented to all 8 participants as well as to project leader Sean MacEntee. All that now remains is for the Irish Wheelchair Association to officially approve the App & make it available for use throughout its 56 nationwide offices. Well done to all who participated in the YSI managed  project as well as to the YSI organisation itself for including The Mill IgnYte programme in this very successful initiative.

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)
28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators) 28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs
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Ignyte avatarYesterday marked a significant milestone in the short history of the Accessibility App.

A meeting was held with the Head of IT at the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA). He was very impressed with the App.

I am now confident that the App will, in the near future, be endorsed by the IWA for use throughout Ireland.

Each of IWA’s 53 Offices nationwide will play a central role in populating the App by providing  information on the wheelchair accessibility of premises & buildings in their local area.

The final event in this YSI supported project takes place in Croke Park on Thursday 28th May at 5pm. Each Group will present their project & Certificates will be awarded.

Please let Anna at the Mill know if you would like to receive a formal invitation to this Event – 041 980 2444 or admin@themilldrogheda.ie.

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Ignyte avatarOn the 7th of May we all met in the Mill for the first viewing of the Wheelchair Access App. There are a total of 90 Drogheda Destinations now listed as Wheelchair accessible. These covered 10 Categories. It was decided to add ‘Parking’ & ‘Toilets’ as additional Categories in their own right. Everyone was delighted with the results – especially the wheelchair users present.

Efforts are now being made to engage with the Irish Wheelchair Association in Dublin in order to have the App rolled out nationally. Everyone was asked to reserve Thursday 28th May (3:30-8pm) for a trip to Dublin for the final Event of the YSI project. Maria Mc Cabe told the group how on a recent visit to Dail Eireann, organised by Labour Senator Mary Meehan, she had told several TDs about the App.

All wanted to know when would it be available in their Constituency area. It was agreed by all participants that great learning benefits had accrued from a very worthwhile project.

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Ignyte avatarWhat we are doing about the social issue we have chosen/ Our actual aims and how we are going to achieve them

Data entry for various destination categories is progressing well. Aim is to have 10 destinations per category loaded by end of April.

John Maher gave a 1st demo of the App which will now be suitable for iPhone (ios) & Android phones. Looking good.

Making contact with HQ of Irish Wheelchair Association to determine their interest in making the App available throughout Ireland.

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Ignyte avatarThe participants on the current IgnYte Programme at the Mill  are engaged in a real live social innovation project.Young_Social_Innovators_Logo
Following a Workshop organised by YSI & a review of several options- the IgnYte group selected the Design of an App showing wheelchair accessability as a worthwhile project.
Support has been secured from the local Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) office in Drogheda, Nebula Consultancy, a Software Developer based at the Mill & several wheelchair users based in the local area. The aim is to have a prototype Android App ready, covering the Drogheda area, by the end of April.
The success of the project could lead to an App offering National coverage -through the support of the Regional offices of the IWA.

This initiative lead by YSI has also given great insight to the IgnYte programme participants as to how one goes about setting up a new business.

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A nice piece in the Drogheda Independent newspaper on 28th January, highlighting a visit from the Tánaiste Joan Burton and local TD Ged Nash to The Mill! With the official launch of the programme, applications for Ignyte 2 are now accepted on our dedicated page.

Tanaiste Joan Burton launches - Ignyte - Ignyte - Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda Dundalk Balbriggan Louth

Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills.

Ignyte training occurs three days per week from 10am to 12:30pm. The first six weeks will take place at the training room in The Mill Enterprise Hub and mentors will work with participants on a one-to-one basis over the following 6 weeks.

Tanaiste Joan Burton

Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.

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Ignyte – The Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda, Dundalk,  Balbriggan and surrounding areas in County Louth

Ignyte avatarThis is the final week of workshops for IgnYte 1. How quickly the last 6 weeks have passed. It has been a learning experience for all concerned. Mentoring activity will continue for several more weeks.

Now we are in recruitment mode for IgnYte 2. We hope to commence this 2nd edition of IgnYte shortly. So please spread the word.

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Ignyte avatarWeek 4 of IgnYte started with an unforgettable experience. At very short notice & prompted by Shane of DP, we all went to see the documentary film ‘Unbreakable’ – all about the amazing life (so far) of Mark Pollock.

Mark is totally blind since his late teens & paralysed from the waist down following a tragic accident over 4 years ago. He is determined to walk again & I have no doubt but that like every other goal in his life to date – he will succeed.

The big bonus after the film was the appearance in person of Mark at the Droichead Arts Theatre along with his totally supportive  partner Simone. They engaged in a very open Q&A session lasting over 45 minutes. This was an incredible privilege & a night never to be forgotten.

The postscript was equally surreal.
The RTE news the following morning detailed how an operation in Poland had resulted in a Bulgarian man, paralysed for years, recovering his ability to walk following the transfer of nerves from his nose to his spine!!

Never say Never.

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