February ezine

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 have 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 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:

– Upcoming Feb’ 25th M1 Grow Remote lunchtime talk on Ergonomics & Productivity, with Boyne Ergonomics
– “Illuminate” Female Entrepreneurship Programme Final
– EI Competitive Start Fund
– Our upcoming Business Book Club meeting on Feb’ 18th – “Range” by David Epstein. “You’ll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You’ll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers.”

M1 Grow Remote – WFH Ergonomic & Productivity Tips / Working From Home

Join us at our upcoming Grow Remote event on Thursday, 25 February, with Niamh Pentony from Boyne Ergonomics, who is going to talk about the health and safety side of working from home.

Boyne Ergonomics is a provider of onsite ergonomic assessments, DSE assessments and VDU eye assessments, and also provide virtual home workstation assessments to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Niamh has a Sports Science and Health background, and spent 14 years working in a clinical occupational health setting. In 2011, Niamh completed a Masters in Applied Ergonomics with the University of Nottingham, and has been working alongside employers to adapt their workplaces to improve the postures and practices of their employees, with the aim of improving productivity and employee wellbeing.

• Intro by Breanndán Casey, M1 Grow Remote Chapter

• Niamh Pentony, Boyne Ergonomics CEO
 What is the essential WFH equipment needed?
 How to set up a Workstation at home
 Posture – What are you doing wrong (or right)?
 Tips / Easy Fixes for immediate Ergonomic improvements

• Q&A / Discussion
Register (https://www.changex.org/ie/growremote/drogheda-co-louth-ireland/events/working-from-home-wfh-ergonomic-productivity-tips)

“Illuminate” Female Entrepreneurship Programme Finalé

On 2nd February 2021, another season of the M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet programme for female entrepreneurs came to an end. Nine businesses graduated after pitching their businesses to the judging panel, with Andrea Griffin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ACoAADDZ6BwBfvdrpTZV0dJgpL_x-eiKq8mcCXo) of www.glamdoll.ie (http://www.glamdoll.ie/) winning in the ‘Overall Best Pitch’ category.

Other graduates of 2021:

Louise L. of #ROAM Original
Dr. Michelle Riblet of Scientific Food Safety Policy & Law
Maria Morgan of www.eskerfields.ie
Juliet Morrow of #JMminerals
Niamh Menton of www.thephotolounge.ie
Roslynn Doherty of https://lnkd.in/e8_Bw_C
Jocelyn McCloskey of www.mccloskeysbakery.ie
– Pauline Clarke – Owner of Kookee

DCU Ryan Academy delivered the 12-week programme which was developed in cooperation with The Mill Enterprise Hub in 2015 to fast track female led businesses to develop their business and enhance their leadership skills to ultimately achieve scale and create employment.

All participants received training in business strategy, leadership styles, finance & funding, legal, sales, marketing & branding, business & financial risk assessment and how to sustain and grow your business.

Please contact m1skillnet@droghedachamber.com if you’d like to sign up for the next season.

Enterprise Ireland launch All-Sector Competitive Start Fund

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capacity and ambition to succeed in global markets. The fund is designed to enable those companies to reach key technical and commercial milestones. Applications are considered on a competitive basis. Funding is provided to companies who rank highest in a two-phase evaluation process. The maximum level of support per successful application is €50,000, for 10% in ordinary shares in the start-up company, to be released in 2 equal tranches of €25k (5% in ordinary shares for each tranche).

All applications to the Competitive Start Fund must be made via the Enterprise Ireland online application system during call open dates.

The next call for applications will open on Tuesday 9th February 2021, will be open for 3 weeks and will close on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3pm.
Find out more

Book Club – Online Meeting – 18 February


Studying the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, Epstein demonstrates why in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently after you’ve read Range. You’ll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You’ll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers.

Zoom link:

Read our review of the January Book, “Leaders in Lockdown” by Atholl Duncan – scored a respectable 7 out of 10!

Register now