Ignyte logoIgnYte is an Opportunity for Young (16-30) Unemployed People to Explore Self-Employment

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 12 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 (starts late September), click below to download your application form, fill in your details & drop the form into Boomerang Café, Fair St, Drogheda.

IgnYte Application Form

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The Mill has partnered with the local creative & technical networking group, Refresh Boyne, www.refreshboyne.org, over the past six months, to deliver a range of topical seminars on technology, creativity, and usability within the Digital sector. They’re hosting a BBQ Night in Brú Bar and Bistro, Drogheda, on Wednesday 27th August from 6:30-9:30pm which will be a fantastic occasion to hear great talks, whilst enjoying a complimentary beer and snack (courtesy of Honeycomb – Creative Works).

They have some amazing speakers including:

  • Refresh Boyne logoEamon Leonard – Engine Yard (www.engineyard.com)
  • Brendan Murray – IBM and CoderDojo Mentor
  • Julie Cullen – Irish Young Ambassador to EU Digital Commission
  • Barry James – Bord Gais Energy
  • Plus pop-up speakers – for anyone interested just sign up on the night!

It promises to be a great night, with topics on Start-ups, Web Technologies, The Internet of Things and UX Design – so something for everyone that is interested in Digital. Refresh Boyne welcomes new attendees – The talks will be varied and should be of interest to Designers, Developers, and anyone interested in the Web/Tech industries. The event is informal and social so not only will you get to listen to fantastic speakers you will get to mingle and exchange ideas with them.

The BBQ Night is sponsored by Honeycomb – Creative Works (thehoneycomb.net) and co-organised by The Mill.

Find out more and book here (Tickets are FREE but must be reserved).
If you can’t make it, please forward to a friend or follow @RefreshBoyne on Twitter and RT!

 

In this its first year, the Drogheda Young Innovators competition attracted a diverse and wide range of projects from secondary schools located in Drogheda.

Judging was held over two days and culminated in an Expo last Saturday in the Laurence Shopping Centre.

The Mill was keenly involved as the competition closely matches with its mission of supporting & promoting Innovation & Enterprise – especially to young people.

Click here to find out who were the competition award winners.

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St. Joseph's CBS students

2nd year students from St. Joseph’s CBS attended The Mill this week, where they received their awards for winning a Business Profiling competition. The two winning teams did an excellent job on researching ‘Jameson Whiskey’ & ‘Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream’. They were accompanied by their Business teacher Brian Lynch. They also participated in a workshop at The Mill – ‘So You Want to Start a Business’?

Entrepreneurial talent was very much in evidence. Watch the Class of 2018 !!

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On Thursday 20th of March last, 15 Leaving Certificate students from Sacred Heart School, along with their Business teacher Ms Maura Callan, attended a workshop at The Mill presented by Project Manager Sean Mac Entee.

A lively discussion took place covering areas such as enterprise, risk, innovation & female entrepreneurship. The Mill sees workshops such as this as critical in raising the profile of entrepreneurship to young students.

Well done to all the Drogheda students who entered the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition.  We got a great response and some excellent innovative ideas.  We are holding a workshop for all students who entered and any students interested in innovation on Saturday 25 January here at The Mill.

We will be announcing a shortlist of entrants and providing details on the next steps; the judging criteria and – most importantly the prizes!

We will also have a number of guest speakers, including:

  • Shane Curran – Runner up in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition and winner of 2013 Junior Dragon’s Den.
  • Laura Armada Buch – Local entrepreneur who set up LAB fitness and who will reveal all her secrets of success.
  • Simon Mc Cormack – Managing Director of Western Motors and President of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce who is going to present on business enterprise and encouraging people to consider a career in entrepreneurship.

It promises to be a very interesting and exciting morning for Drogheda’s Young Innovators. We look forward to meeting all of the shortlisted students there.

Drogheda Young Innovators

On the day of the sod turning for The Mill in December 2012 we were joined by students from nearby Our Lady’s College, Greenhills. The twenty four students were exploring the concept of what an ‘enterprise centre’ is and more importantly what it could be for them.

Less than a year later in October 2013 our project manager Sean and the principal of Our Lady’s College, Ms Geraldine Mulvihill, arranged a repeat visit to give the girls a tour of the new facility and get their thoughts on entrepreneurship.

We are sure that some of the most innovative and high potential start-ups of the future are in that group and we look forward to working closely with them on young entrepreneur projects.

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