October newsletter

The Mill is open for new Mill-ers and remote workers! We’ve installed sanitiser stations, temperature cameras, and follow strict social distancing procedures to create a safe working environment for everyone.
We currently offices available for startups and scaling companies.
We have Teleconference equipment, meeting rooms, phone booths, 1GB broadband, and coffee available to anyone who is frustrated by working from a kitchen table! Contact us to try our daily or monthly hotdesk.

Don’t hesitate to contact us on 041 980 2444 or by email startup@themilldrogheda.ie to get a temporary hotdesk in The Mill or to view our offering.

Please see below for additional information on:

– The launch of The Fintech Corridor – currently accepting membership applications (free)
– Applications open for the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme starting on Nov’ 2nd, which was created by The Mill Enterprise Hub, and deliverd in partnership with AIB, Coca-Cola International services, DCU Ryan Academy, M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet, and the Meath and Louth LEOs..
– Our upcoming Business Book Club meeting on Nov’ 5th – “Happy City”

NEW CROSS-BORDER FINTECH CORRIDOR LAUNCHED

Organisations, businesses and academic institutions across the island of Ireland joined together on 30 September 2020 to launch ‘The Fintech Corridor’, providing economic growth opportunities for the financial and technology sector between Belfast and Dublin.

Previously known as the M1 Payments Corridor, a concept developed by members of the Mill Enterprise Hub, facilitating the wider geographic Dublin to Belfast region in fintech, while adding value to the concentration of ePayments and transaction companies along the region.

TFC are offering FREE membership for a limited time. (Sep 2020-Sep 2021) please click the link below to view the benefits and gain exclusive and unlimited access to TFC’s network http://thefintechcorridor.com/become-a-member/

WATCH THE RECORDING

Peter Rowan, Executive Vice President of International and Global Customer Operations at Yapstone has been appointed Chairperson for The Fintech Corridor. Speaking about its vision he said,

“The Fintech Corridor initiative builds on the already established e-commerce and technology prowess along the M1 between Dublin and Belfast. By forming The Fintech Corridor, we can create an innovative and collaborative network of existing and new start-up enterprises, nurturing their ambitions with advice, support and growth opportunities.”

“From my experience with Yapstone, I know first-hand the economic and business benefits of being located in the Fintech Corridor. We selected the region as home to our international headquarters because of the tremendous support we’ve received from IDA Ireland, local businesses and other government sponsored organisations.  The main benefit of being based in the region is access to a diverse and rich talent pool which enjoys a superior quality of life, something which in turn drives enhanced productivity within the company. About 50 per cent of the current staff are from the region or they live only 15 to 20 minutes from the office.”  

Welcoming the initiative InterTradeIreland’s Designated Officer, Aidan Gough added;
With both Dublin and Belfast named as ‘Tech Cities of the Future’, the island of Ireland is uniquely positioned to capitalise on and continue to grow it’s fintech credentials. This cross-border cluster will bring together key stakeholders with different expertise and market knowledge to create new businesses, jobs and develop skills. Businesses that join the Fintech Corridor will have the opportunity to get support and advice from industry forerunners while also working with academics to problem solve and innovate. It’s an exciting initiative and we’re delighted to lend our support along with other expert partner agencies.”

EXPLORE THE FINTECH CORRIDOR

Book Club – Online Meeting – 5 November

For October, we’ve chosen a book about urban development and mental health in a big city, called “Happy City” by Charles Montgomery. Let’s meet online to discuss on Thursday, 5 of November at 13:00, Zoom link below.

Happy City is the story of how the solutions to this century’s problems lie in unlocking the secrets to great city living

This is going to be the century of the city. But what actually makes a good city? Why are some cities a joy to live in?

As Charles Montgomery reveals, it’s not how much money your neighbours earn, or how pleasant the climate is that makes the most difference. Journeying to dozens of cities – from Atlanta to Bogotá to Vancouver – he talks to the new champions of the happy city to explore the urban innovations already transforming people’s lives. He meets the visionary Colombian mayor who turned some of the world’s most dangerous roads into an urban cycling haven; the Danish architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan towns to modern-day Copenhagen; and the New York City transport commissioner who turned the gridlock of Times Square into a place to lounge in the sun.

Drawing on the lessons from their stories, from brain science, and from the fascinating realm of urban experimentation, Happy City offers solutions we can all use to improve our lives and shows that simple changes can make all the difference.

A quote from the book

Effects of commute on health
“Aside from the financial burden, people who endure long drives tend to experience higher blood pressure and more headaches than those with short commutes. They get frustrated more easily and tend to be grumpier when they get to their destination.”

The happy city experiment | Charles Montgomery | TEDxVancouver

Register to attend book club discussion

Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme

The Mill Enterprise Hub and M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet are currently recruiting for this year’s ONLINE “Illuminate” Course.

This programme has been designed to support female entrepreneur’s/business owners at the early-stage of business development and who are serious about developing and growing their business and leadership skills, create employment and grow their business.

Find out more