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.
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.
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”
“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.
This half day interactive workshop is for
Start Up entrepreneurs;
People interested in leaving employment to start and run their own business;
People who have been unemployed, have a business idea and are considering starting their own business.
SME / Business Owners and Managers.
Customer Focus – Customer Needs
Importance of understanding and knowing the customer and their needs
Customer Segmentation – identifying the target market
Create strong consumer insights: Why will people buy?
Branding – Product Benefits
Importance of Branding
Understanding your Unique Selling Point (USP)
Developing a SWOT analysis
Importance of competitor analysis
Marketing 4 P’s – Product, Price, Place & Promotion
Product: Is there a market need for the product / service
Price: Is the pricing strategy right?
Place: Has the business got the appropriate ‘distribution’ for the product / service?
Promotion: What is the key message? What are the best channels to reach the target market with a limited budget?
Is the product / service benefit clearly communicated and is there a call to action. Date: Thursday 6th of April 2017
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:
How to structure your business – Sole Trader or Limited Company?
Registering your business with the tax authorities
Recording bank transactions – Daily Cash Book
Recording customer and supplier invoices – Invoice Day Books
Preparation of VAT returns
Importance of good Credit Control
Overview of VAT/PAYE/PRSI/Income Tax / Corporation Tax requirements
Accounting software available to the Small Business Owner
On completing this Workshop, attendees will have gained a good understanding of the basic accounting requirements of a small business.
Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017
Venue: The Mill, Newtown Link Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
On 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.
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.
On 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):
Applications accepted until 16th December 2016
Place confirmation: 13th January 2017
Course start date: 30th January 2017
Send your application to Anna: email@example.com
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”.
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.
“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”.
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.
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”.
This year’s Illuminate QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) accredited Level 6 programme will be officially launched on Thursday, 17th November.
The launch will be run as part of the Meath Enterprise Week 2016 and will take place in The Mill from 12:30pm to 14:00.
All female entrepreneurs welcome to attend, graduates of the first Illuminate course will be talking about the benefits of our programme and will hopefully get you interested in participating.
Our main speaker, Alison Cowzer, Co-founder and Marketing/ Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, and our guest speaker, Jillian Stout, founder of Jill’s Kitchen and a graduate of the first Illuminate Programme will be launching Illuminate 2.
Alison Cowzer is a Co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse – a new large scale food manufacturing business based in Drogheda Co Louth. They’re gearing up to produce a range of cookies and biscuits for the Irish, UK and European markets.
As a new Dragon investor in the 2016 series of RTE ‘s Dragons’ Den, Alison has invested in a number of new Irish businesses, and is working closely with these entrepreneures to drive growth in their new enterprises.
Jillian Stout is the founder of Jill’s Kitchen and one of the graduates of our first Illuminate programme. She set up a cookery school in the welcome surrounds of her home and set about teaching lots of enthusiastic kids everything from pasta & pizza making to cupcakes, bread-rolls & tarts.
On Thursday, 17th November, Ron Immink will be referencing the best business books of 2016 to talk about how you can be more creative and innovative in 2017.
He is a regular contributor on Newstalk radio, he does public speaking and his articles are regularly featured in the media. He blogs and tweets a lot (@orangemanta).
Ron’s current activities combine social media, narrative, story telling, dialogue learning, collective wisdom, peer-to-peer and social learning with innovation, change management, strategy and ultimately helping businesses to succeed.
Bookbuzz helps top executives to engage with the greatest business minds. Applying the best business thinkers to the problems that companies are facing. Clients are MNCs from UK, USA and Ireland.
Date: Thursday, 17th November 2016
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.
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.