On Friday, 17th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Fifteen shortlisted projects were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, Fitz Scientific, State Street, and The Mill Enterprise Hub. The overall winners were a team from St Mary’s Diocesan school who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Music and Memory”.

The overall winners of the 2019 Drogheda Young Innovators competition were (from left): Seb Lennon, Matthew Weir, Callum Agnew and Keith Woods from St. Marty’s Diocesan School for their project called Music and Memory which helps people suffering from dementia. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the sixth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum. Organised by a voluntary group of local business leaders, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business. This year also saw applications from Phase Innovate, a Not for profit Organisation that provides technology entrepreneurship education for the underrepresented communities in tech through hands on training and structured mentoring system.

Over the course of the competition, the winning students from “Music and Memory” visited patients with Alzheimer Disease in Tredagh Lodge Day Care Centre in Drogheda and St Mary’s Nursing Home, and created personalised music playlists for each patient in order to demonstrate the ability of music to combat memory loss and restore a self to those suffering from above disease and dementia. The judges were extremely impressed that the community of Drogheda got behind this initiative by donating unwanted CDs, MP3 players and money through a Go Fund Me page. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland officially recognised “Music and Memory” when their CEO interviewed students on LMFM radio station.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “The Music and Memory project has been a great success and the students are now working with twelve other schools to roll out the concept across the country. This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 65% of applications in the Social Enterprise category, we can see the level of interest from local teenagers in topics like mental health, environment and recycling, which is very inspiring, to say at least. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 60 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges. It was great to see last year’s Business category winner, ‘Makes Cents’ from Sacred Heart school return to give an inspiring talk on how they recently launched their teenage prepaid card with support form Prepaid Financial Services in Navan ”.

During the final, Julie Plunkett of Coca-Cola International Services launched their 2019 “Thank You Fund” which offers €100,000 of support for inspirational youth projects across Ireland. Grants of €5,000, €10,000 and €30,000 will be awarded to the winning projects. The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has supported projects including community, social and education programmes aimed at youth, healthy and active lifestyles, and environmental leadership. To date €955,000 has been given to 83 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.

 The 2019 winners Drogheda Young Innovators who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Music and Memory” – Overall winner of DYI 2019, St Mary’s Diocesan School
  • “Breagain”– Business Group Category, Ballymakenny College
  • “Randomly Marbled” – Business Individual Category, Drogheda Grammar School
  • “Live My Life” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Phase Innovate
  • “Music and Memory” – Social Enterprise Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
  • “Lives without imagery” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
  • “Mathematical sequences” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
The overall winners of the 2019 Drogheda Young Innovators competition were: Seb Lennon, Matthew Weir, Callum Agnew and Keith Woods from St. Mary’s Diocesan School for their project called Music and Memory. They’re pictured with the judges and organisers of the competition. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2019 Briefing

Wednesday, 8th May 2019, 9am-10am

Find out more about what the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2019 can do for your fund raising activity.

This Seedcorn briefing is aimed at assisting companies to become investor ready and who are interested in entering the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2019

The briefing will run through the process for entering the competition.  The competition is aimed at early and new start companies that have a new equity funding requirement and has a total cash prize fund of €280,000.

The event is free to attend but registration is essential.

This year’s Seedcorn competition is now open with a closing date for application of May 31st at 13.00.

Find out more…

Would you like to maximise your business through your people and technology?The Small Firms Association and Vodafone have partnered to help businesses grow, scale and succeed in a changing business environment.

Alongside Abodoo, Vodafone will share the benefits of smart or flexible working and how to implement it in your business to increase productivity and attract and retain talent. You will also learn about increasing your profits through employee-led models from the SFA.

Set within this co-working space, you will gain insight into:

·        The benefits of smart working and why you should avail of it

·        How technology can empower your business to work anywhere at any time through technology, connectivity and security

·        How to increase sales and profits by ensuring that every employee is a profit centre and loves what they do

The event is free of charge and pre-registration online is essential.

Places are limited so book now to avoid missing out.


Time Topic Speaker
7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast/ registration/ networking
8:00 – 8:05 Welcome  Sven Spollen-Behrens, Small Firms Association
8:05 – 8:10 What is smart working? Vanessa Tierney, Abodoo
8:10– 8:20 The four pillars of smart working Treasa Doran, Vodafone
8:20 – 8:25 Implementing smart working in your business Vanessa Tierney, Abodoo
8:25 – 8:35 How to increase your sales and profits and engage your people Marina Bleahen, Engage and Grow
8:35 – 9:00 Q&A and roundtable discussion at the pod of your choice



Date:  Thursday, 24 January, 7:30am to 9am

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

To register your place, simply click here and you will be redirected to a booking page.

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Guest Speakers Anne Reilly from Paycheck Plus and Alma Jordan from AgriKids at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo by Jenny Matthews

 Course Start: 18 February 2019
Course End: 8 April 2019


Application Form Illuminate 2019

On Monday, 10th December, The Mill Enterprise Hub launched the
Boyne Valley / M1 ‘Illuminate’ Female Entrepreneurship Programme 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 included Anne Reilly from Paycheck Plus, and Alma Jordan from Agrikids.
The programme is supported by Coca-Cola International Services, AIB, M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet  and the Louth & Meath Local Enterprise Offices.

Anne Reilly founded Paycheck Plus in 2005. Her vision was to provide  high class payroll outsource services tailored to meet her clients’  requirements. Anne’s wealth of knowledge in payroll services and  corporate governance stems back to her days lecturing with the Irish Pay  roll Association (IPASS) and receiving a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (IoD) in 2013.

Previously Anne worked with Blue Chip companies such as Unilever and Heinz and in the educational sector.
Anne’s numerous qualifications and depth of experience in the payroll outsource industry gives her invaluable insight as to how payroll should be operated in the most efficient and compliant manner while her knowledge in corporate governance issues ensures Paycheck Plus is a world leader in provision of payroll outsource services.

Alma Jordan is a New Frontiers alumna and the founder of AgriKids, a farm safety educational platform for children. The company works to positively engage, educate and empower children to become Farm Safety Ambassadors.

Alma and her family run a farm in Co. Meath. Their main enterprises consist of thoroughbred horses, tillage, beef cattle and poultry. A keen equestrian in her younger days, Alma competed in many national events in the fields of eventing and showjumping.

Alma devised a concept aimed at initiating a sea change in farm safety attitudes, enabling communities to build safer futures on farms. AgriKids was born and officially launched in June 2015. Alma believes her engaging approach to farm safety education will serve to continually empower children to be safer farmers in the future. The approach also requires and includes the input of parents and guardians, thus sharing the learning outcome with all.

Lynn Carberry with Ruth Burke from RB Beaty at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Deirdre McCullough of Oldbridge Silver with Beverly Wilde of Revamped, Millmount at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Alma Jordan, AgriKids with Bridget Kerrigan, Bammedia at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Linda Ennis from M1 Skillnet with Niamh Collins and Maura Jones from DCU Ryan Academy at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Guest Speaker Alma Jordan from AgriKids speaking at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Guest Speaker Alma Jordan from AgriKids speaking at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Niamh Collins, DCU Ryan Academy, Guest Speaker Anne Reilly, Paycheck Plus, Breanndan Casey, The Mill, Linda Ennis, M1 Skillnet, Christine Meade, AIB Drogheda, Caroline Lynch, LEO Meath, Julie Plunkett, Coca-Cola, Riona McCoy, LEO Louth, Shona McManus, President of Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, Guest Speaker Alma Jordan, AgriKids, Paddy White, AIB Drogheda and Tony Campion, Coca-Cola at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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Breanndan Casey, The Mill with Linda Ennis, M1 Skillnet at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
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‘Making Stuff Up for a Living’ – Oisin Mc Gann

Born in Dublin, Oisín McGann spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth where he studied at St.Olivers Community College. Refresh Boyne and The Mill are delighted to have him back in Drogheda for this talk.

He studied at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation. He now lives back in Ireland and works full time as an author and illustrator.

In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.

In January 1999, he joined the M&M Consultancy, a small advertising and design firm, as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002 much as he had left – with no job, no home and some meagre savings. He set himself up as a freelance illustrator once more, before getting his first books published in 2003.

He has written and illustrated numerous books for all ages of reader, including the Mad Grandad series, The Forbidden Files series, and eleven novels, including The Gods And Their Machines, Small-Minded Giants, and his steampunk trilogy, The Wildenstern Saga.

In 2014 Oisin won the European Science Fiction Society Award, given to a writer in recognition of recent works. His books have been sold in the US, Canada (in French), France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil and Japan.

Oisin will speak on:

– How his career has developed over the past 15 years

– Discuss how reading (and publishing) is changing

– Technical / Digital publishing & creativity

– Pros and Cons of trying to earn a living from illustration and writing

– The need to encourage creativity and reading in children.


Date: Wednesday, 28 November, 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Admission: Free

Book here: https://bit.ly/2DpeSUT 

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Do you ever complain that you don’t have time to read? The Mill Enterprise Hub launched the Drogheda Business Book Club on Thursday, October 18th at 5:30pm which focuses on ‘Non-Fiction for Busy People’. The club is open to the general public and the main focus will be on reading and discussing a combination of the latest business books alongside acknowledged classics on Strategy, Innovation, Business biographies, and a plethora of other relevant business headings.

The Business Book Club will follow the normal book club format but will also include an online forum. A monthly book will be chosen by members of the group and a discussion will then take place at the next meeting on the merits of the book and whether it is relevant to your business or workplace. The online forum will enable members to discuss the book between meetings and assist to keep readers motivated.

“We are confident that everyone can read more if they belong to a Business Book Club,” says Anna Kurtisa of The Mill Enterprise Hub, “we are here to guide members through the world of business books and advise them on the most efficient reading practices, so that they can read at least 1 book a month even with a busy working schedule. It’s crucial that local entrepreneurs and startups stay informed of the latest ideas, and this will be  a fun and relaxed way to do so. The club is open to  anyone interested in business from students to startups and seasoned managers and owners”.

The 1-hour introductory session on Thursday, 18 October, gave the group a chance to discuss the format and time of future meetings and the process of monthly book-picking, as well as to learn more about effective reading practices. There is no cost to attend the meetings.

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On Thursday, 30 August, The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda launched its official strategy, highlighting its ambitious Action Plan for 2018-2020. One of the priorities in the new strategy document is to encourage highly-skilled locals who are commuting to Dublin to avail of the supports and entrepreneurial community spirit at The Mill to create new startups.

30/08/2018 – Alan Costello, Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Centre, speaking at the Strategy Launch.

According to Breanndán Casey, Manager of The Mill “The 2016 census shows that up to 33% of the local population are commuting daily to Dublin, often up to three hours per day. This is an incredible waste of energy, and The Mill is here to support those individuals who have the skills and desire to work for themselves and create a scalable high-value business”
The overall focus of the new strategy plan is to increase their role in economic development in the NorthEast & nationally. The plans include attracting ambitious startups with international potential, developing an accelerator programme, and to continue to create new innovative initiatives such as the M1 Payments Corridor programme which is developing the NorthEast as a Fintech Hub. The Mill will also continue to strengthen its existing relationship with regional economic development support agencies including Enterprise Ireland, DKIT, DCU, and the Louth and Meath Local Enterprise office.

30/08/2018 – The Board of The Mill Enterprise Centre with Dr. Michael Mulvey (centre back), President of DkIT at the Strategy Launch.

Dr.Michael Mulvey, President of DKIT, officially launched the Strategy Plan “DKIT is a long-time supporter and Board member of The Mill. This plan recognises that we need to further develop the NorthEast as a standalone economic zone whilst capitalising on our proximity to Dublin and Belfast, and on the large highly-skilled population within our region”.
The Mill opened its doors to start-ups in 2014 and has since become the main Hub for the accelerated creation & growth of healthy new enterprises in the South Louth, East Meath and wider Drogheda area region. It currently houses 31 companies ranging from startups to emergent FDIs who currently employ 83 employees.

30/08/2018 – at the launch of The Mill Enterprise Centre’s strategy launch are (from left) Manager Breanndan Casey, the President of DkIT, Dr. Michael Mulvey, Co-Chairpersons of The Mill, Gail McEvoy and Alan Costello.

2017 saw the opening of a 750m2 extension of The Mill which was the culmination of a ten-year project that successfully merged the best of public and private support for entrepreneurs. Louth County Council were instrumental in getting the project off the ground, and Louth LEO, Leader, and Enterprise Ireland contributed to start-up costs. Critically, The Mill were supported by Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses who contributed circa €350,000 in philanthropic donations to the project.

30/08/2018 – Dr. Michael Mulvey, President of DkIT speaking at the Strategy Launch.

The Mill offers an integrated mix of space, mentoring, learning, group dynamics and supported ‘ambition’. The Mill is determined to capitalise on their success to date by continuing to develop innovative projects such as the M1 Payments Corridor, Illuminate, Drogheda Young Innovators, and by encouraging the development of networks and support structures for small businesses. The Mill also played a key role in starting the new ‘M1 Drogheda Chamber’ Skillnet which offers local subsidised training to SMEs across all sectors along the M1 region.

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The Mill Enterprise Hub is opening its doors during Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil 2018 to offer hotdesks for those wishing to work remotely, at a discounted daily rate of €10 during the Fleadh week of 12th August to 19th August. This will particularly suit locals who normally commute to Dublin but wish to have extra time to access the full programme of musical and cultural activities during Fleadh Cheoil. It will also be ideal for visitors to Drogheda that need short-term access to a high-tech co-working space including teleconference facilities.

According to Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager of The Mill “The Fleadh hotdesk offer is a great opportunity to experience our friendly and supportive entrepreneurial community, network with local business owners over a cup of coffee, avoid the normal commute to Dublin, and enjoy our facilities, all within walking distance of the town centre and all it has to offer during Fleadh Cheoil. Drogheda and surrounding region has the highest commuter traffic in Ireland – we hope this experience will convince local entrepreneurs and nascent entrepreneurs that The Mill and Drogheda can offer all the supports needed to start and grow an International business, and help to build a self-sustainable regional economy”

The Mill is one of Ireland’s leading Enterprise Hubs and currently hosts over 30 startups and expanding businesses. The facilities include hotdesks, offices, high-speed internet, meeting and conference rooms, phonebooths, showers, roof-garden, disabled access, and a modern kitchen with free nespresso. The Mill prides itself on working with the local community and is the official Enterprise partner for Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil which expects over 400,000 visitors during the course of the week.

The Mill is proud to be the point of contact between local entrepreneurs and various startup communities, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office, Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and local educational institutions such as DKIT and DIFE. In June 2018 Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. The students won three months free hotdesk at The Mill and additional mentoring support by completing a short application outlining their potential business. One of the winners, Michal Janik, founder of Sylwester Productions, a local photo and video company, has already teamed up with various Millers to film and edit corporate videos and podcasts on site. Michal commented “Winning the hotdesk has been fantastic and has given me the momentum to really work on my business. I love interacting with other Millers, and the enthusiasm and atmosphere at The Mill is inspiring as I work on my first business plan”.

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The Mill was one of five Enterprise Hubs to benefit from SIRO’s 1GB internet connection in 2017 and have also partnered with SIRO on a competition to offer a free hotdesk during August.

Please visit https://bit.ly/2vgaRvj to book the discounted hotdesks for Fleadh Cheoil week.

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Source: Drogheda Life

On Friday, 29 June 2018, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphries was accompanied on her visit to Drogheda by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD and Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD all of whom took the opportunity to chat with representatives of the various start-up companies based at the Mill.


Minister Humphreys seemed particularly taken by a Digipool a smart pool table developed by local games company Nebula Innovations who are based at the Mill. “There’s nothing like this in the Dáil Bar” she quipped.

It wasn’t all fun and games though, their discussions focused on regional investment, such as the €60m Regional Enterprise Development Fund, which backs initiatives that are led from the regions, and how businesses are responding to and preparing for Brexit.

“The Government is focused on ensuring that the business sector is prepared and resilient to face the challenges of Brexit and that we sustain the important progress made in developing the island economy”, Minister Breen said.

“In addition, the DTI Fund will ensure that Ireland continues to be a digital hotspot and that we stay at the forefront in exciting new areas such as Artificial Intelligence, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy”, he added.

Turning to the new report by her Department on Project Ireland 2040, Project 2040: Investing in Business, Enterprise and Innovation 2018 – 2027 Minister Humphreys concluded:

“Project Ireland 2040 recognises that economic and social progress go hand in hand and are the engines that drive our economy. Through my Department’s investments outlined today, businesses and communities, wherever they may be, now have the platform to build on their own unique strengths and be part of a dynamic and exciting modern Ireland.”


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DATE: Monday July 30th 2018
TIME: 9am – 4.30pm
VENUE: The Mill Enterprise, New Road Link, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth
COST: Non-Members €120/Members €96
PARKING: FREE Car Parking On Site
Anyone with a basic knowledge of Excel who has a laptop available to bring to the training course

This course is designed for learners who have used Excel before and want to expand their knowledge, improving

formatting, organising data, highlighting key information and creating formulas/links between sheets. The course will introduce new concepts for sorting data, and building conditional formulae. If you think you know Excel, this course will show you what you’ve been missing. Learners will leave feeling a new confidence in their Excel expertise and ready to take on new challenges with data. During the training session, each learner will work through exercises and practice using the various Excel features covered during the course.

By the end of the session you will be able to:
• Quickly summarise multiple sheets of data into one
• Turn long lists and reports into easy to read tables
• Formulas to check whether cells pass or fail your rules
• Create links between cells so that they all update automatically
• Highlight targets, trends, duplicates and errors with Conditional Formatting
• Formatting and layout consistency by saving as a Template

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• Hiding Rows and Columns
• Worksheet Panes
• Grouping and Ungrouping
• Naming Ranges

• Sorting Lists
• Forms in Excel
• Filtering Lists
• Custom Filters
• Setting up lists
• Summary Reports – Sub Totaling Data
• Multiple Subtotals & Removing Subtotal
• Summary Report Outlining

• Analysing Data with Pivot Tables
• Creating & Modifying a Pivot Table
• Changing Pivot, Table Summary and Functions

• Goal Seek
• The Scenario Manager
• Scenario Summaries
• IF Functions and Nested Ifs

Founded in Dublin, DCM Learning is fast becoming recognised as a leading training organisation. The organisation works closely with industry to define the skills and qualifications required to thrive. Our courses are taught by expert practitioners.

To register for this Event email M1skillnet@droghedachamber.com and we can invoice you and you may pay by card or eft alternatively go to this link on Eventbrite