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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Who is delievering the programme?

DCU Ryan Academy is a non-profit, partnership between Dublin City University and the Ryan Family that aims to be the leading supporter of entrepreneurs and innovation in Ireland. They currently deliver the Female
High Fliers Programme which is an accelerator programme for female led startups which specifically addresses the challenges facing female entrepreneurs, supported by Enterprise Ireland. This programme fast tracks female entrepreneurs, their leadership skills and their businesses. It includes a comprehensive programme of workshops,
bespoke mentoring and excellent networking opportunities.

5by20 is The Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million
women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. Through 5by20, Coca-Cola address the most
common barriers women face when trying to succeed in the marketplace. This initiative offers women access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors — along with the confidence that comes with building a successful business. Coca-Cola International Services are delighted to sponsor the Illuminate Female Entrepreneur Programme which compliments this initiative.

The Mill is a leader in making the wider Drogheda region the most entrepreneurial area in Ireland. The Mill is a National leader in delivering effective regional growth, and promoting ‘best practice’ supports for entrepreneurs including mentoring, training, and a collaborative and nurturing environment. Our mission is to be an effective
catalyst for enterprise development in our area by providing a hub which fosters the accelerated creation and growth of healthy new enterprises. We promote and support a spirit of entrepreneurship at every level in the local community through our various programmes and facilities.

The M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet was established to support companies across the North East Region by offering them access to subsidised training in a local setting. The focus of the M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet is to communicate with businesses along the M1 Corridor, to listen to their training needs and current and future skill shortages, and to support them by organising training courses which are impactful, relevant and which deliver results. M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Member
companies actively participate in determining their own training needs and how, when and where their training
will be facilitated. We foster a collaborative enterprise networking approach and provide a flexible and fast
response to ever-changing skill demands. This provides high standards of relevant training, tailored to suit the specificneeds of your business, delivered in convenient location at exceptional value for money.

Costs

The course is highly-subsidised via sponsorship from AIB, Coca-Cola International Services, along with the M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet and Louth and Meath Local Enterprise Offices. The fees are €495 per person.

 

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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

 Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
Successful Applicants informed: 8 February 2019
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.
Photo by Jenny Matthews
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.
Photo by Jenny Matthews
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.
Photo by Jenny Matthews
Breanndan Casey, The Mill with Linda Ennis, M1 Skillnet at the Launch of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme at the Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.
Photo by Jenny Matthews

‘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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M1 Leadership & Skills Summit

Who is the course for

This summit is relevant to HR Leaders, Managers, Business Owners or anyone who leads people and teams.

Learning outcomes

Key Topics:

  • Business in the North East & the M1 Corridor
  • Future Skills Needs for the North East
  • Impactful Leadership

Modules

Guest Speakers

9am  – Shona McManus, President Drogheda & District Chamber, M1 Skillnet Drogheda Chamber Promoter and CEO Osborne Recruitment

Topic: Welcome Address

9.15am – Paul Healy , CEO Skillnet Ireland

Topic:  Addressing Current & Future Skill Needs and the Benefits of Skillnet Ireland

9.45am –  John Nugent, Regional Business Development Manager IDA

Topic: Opportunities from local development & attracting FDI

10.05am          Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office

Topic: Benefits of the M1 Corridor

10.25am          Panel Discussion –  North East – Right Location, Right Skills

Interviewer Shona McManus

Panelists

Pete Rowan, Yapstone, Executive Vice President International & Global Customer Support

Michael O’Dowd, Regional Skills Forum, Regional Development Manager

Roslyn O’Shaughnessy, BD Pharmaceutical, HR Manager

Brian Drain, DAA, Chief People Officer

Dr Michael Mulvey, DKIT, President

Q & As

11.25am          Coffee/Networking

11.55am          Gerry Duffy, MBS – Professional Speaker & Author – Delivering Leadership, Goal Setting, Public Speaking Programmes to the Corporate World

Topic: The role of leaders in attracting and developing talent and building the right skills in a Team

12.55pm          Shona McManus, President Drogheda & District Chamber, M1 Skillnet Drogheda Chamber Promoter and CEO Osborne Recruitment

Topic: Summary of Todays Summit & The Future of M1 Region and Drogheda

 

Trainer Profile

Paul Healy , CEO Skillnet Ireland

Paul is an experienced executive with expertise in: Organisational Strategy, Leadership, Corporate Governance, Education & Labour Market Policy. He has specific expertise in HR specialisms including: Organisation Development, Learning & Development, Talent Management, Sourcing & Recruitment, Executive/ Senior Management Selection & Assessment, Reward Management, Industrial Relations, HRIS & Learning Technologies. He is a highly respected voice in Human Resource Development lecturing at post-grad level.

Gerry Duffy, MBS – Professional Speaker & Author – Delivering Leadership, Goal Setting, Public Speaking Programmes to the Corporate World

Gerry is an accomplished motivational keynote speaker and goals setting coach.  He has worked professionally with over 800 companies and organisations since 2010 and he has a personal passion that has seen him complete many extreme sporting challenges. Gerry brings a mixture of corporate insights as well as personal success to his inspirational talks. Clients include Facebook, Google, Aldi, SAP, Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola and British Gas. He has also authored three books including THE GOAL GETTER– ‘35 Different Ways to Reach Your Goals.’

Shona McManus, President Drogheda & District Chamber, M1 Skillnet Drogheda Chamber Promoter and CEO Osborne Recruitment

Shona is a highly accomplished and respected recruitment and business leader. Osborne became a certified Great Place to Work and is listed in the Top 10 Great Places to work in 2017/2018. Shona has successfully managed, led and transformed businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. In March 2018 Shona became the Skillnet Promoter for the new M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet and was elected President of the Drogheda & District Chamber in June 2018.

John Nugent, Regional Business Development Manager IDA

John focuses on helping multinational companies to evaluate and select  Ireland for business operations. He supports the existing base of industry and works with various stakeholders to constantly improve and refine the ecosystem, and value proposition in Ireland.

Thomas McEvoy, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office

Thomas has over twenty years of experience working in the areas of entrepreneurship promotion, small and micro business development, local economic development and foreign direct investment while based in Ireland, USA and Europe.

Book your place in advance: https://bit.ly/2Py4g83

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INCREASE YOUR SALES with eMarketing SOLUTIONS

TRAINER: DCM Learning
DATE: Tuesday July 31st  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

SUITABLE FOR
This program is suitable for all industries and mainly suited towards four types of people, business owners, employees or marketing professionals, marketing agency’s or students.
If you’re a business owner, this program is a great way to learn how to structure and implement a winning digital marketing campaign to suit your business needs. It’s also a great way to train members of your own team to ensure that they’re up to speed on the latest trends and best practices.
If you’re an employee or marketing professional, this program will certainly make you more valuable to your company, which is the surest way to get that raise or promotion you likely already deserve (but don’t have a tangible reason to request).
If you’re an agency, this program is a way to show that you are a traffic funnel specialist, which could help you attract and retain better, higher-paying clients.
If you’re a student, this program can set you apart from other graduates who merely have a
business or marketing degree, but specialized skills that employers today are desperately seeking.

COURSE OVERVIEW
• 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business
• 72% of consumers prefer to find information on local merchants via search
• 29% of consumers search for local businesses at least every week
Would you like to:
• Generate new leads or clients?
• Increase the conversion rates of your current leads?
• Nurture your existing clients to increase the amount they spend and/or transactions with you?
If YES then this training is for you. You will be shown a PROVEN and tested super successful sales and marketing method that will attract qualified leads; increase your impact and ignite your revenue.
This step-by-step blueprint will END the feast and famine rollercoaster so you can create a successful business, and turn complete strangers into raving fans and loyal customers who are ready to pay top euro for your products and services.
The program is a full day digital marketing workshop that’s divided into steps. Its purpose is to make it simple for business owners and marketers to understand the critical components that go into a modern day digital marketing plan and to implement highly effective results for your business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course each learner will have:
• Core Marketing Funnel Design Concepts
• Identify The Perfect Audience For Your Business – Know What Your Business Goals Are & Who Your Ideal Customer Is
• Crafting A Magnetic Marketing Message & Offer for Your Target Market
• Designing Your Ideal Marketing Funnel
o Understanding Cold, Warm, and Hot Traffic
o Building Entry Point Offers
o Your Core Offering
• Launching & Scaling Your System Using Google Adwords – Learn how to set up your own high converting ad campaign, raising awareness of your products/services to your ideal target market
• The Return Path: Using E-Mail To Keep In Touch & Sell More – Learn how to optimise and scale up your campaigns by retargeting, segmenting website visitors by activity, to supercharger your sales and maximise your marketing effort. How to use email marketing campaigns to generate more sales from your prospects and to stay in contact with your clients.
• Putting It All Together

COURSE CONTENT
Section One: This module will teach you the foundations of how to think about website traffic and where it fits into YOUR business. We’ll establish goals and a “language” so that we’re on the same page throughout the workshop. You’ll craft your ideal customer profile for your business, the absolutely critical component of any successful marketing campaign.

Section Two: is where you will be introduced to traffic temperature and understanding exactly where your ideal customer is in your overall customer journey. We will start creating the assets you’ll need for your ad campaign; including how to craft the ideal marketing message and offer(s) for your target market. You’ll use our ad copy templates for cold, warm, and hot ads, to build out messages specific to your ideal customer profiles journey. You’ll also learn how to build content assets you’ll need to send traffic to.

Section Three: is where a guided process is used to get you to set up your own ad campaign. The focus will be on developing “The front door” of your campaign & business offering. This is where you will begin the process of raising awareness for your products and services with your ideal target market. You’ll be shown how to select the right campaign structure based off of your business’ current needs and execute on step-by-step instructions for building a high converting ad campaign. Then learn how to generate a structure to bring your prospects through the journey, helping them to buy your product and/or service offerings, with the goal of boosting your sales and profits.

Section 4: You will be shown how to optimise and scale up your campaigns, how to get started with retargeting, segment website visitors by activity, and an approach to retargeting to super charge your conversion rate and maximise your marketing efforts. Finally you will understand how to use e-mail marketing to generate more sales from your prospects, and to stay in contact with current and past clients so they will come back over and over to buy from you.

CERTIFICATION
Certified Marketing Funnel Architecture Specialist

TRAINER PROFILE
Rebecca Mahon is the founder of Savvy Business Gals, and has spent the last 15+ years solving problems and fixing businesses. She has significantly increased the bottom lines of her clients across a broad range of industries. Rebecca has dealt with virtually every type of business. She has studied, and solved, almost every type of business question, challenge and opportunity. Rebecca has demonstrated the critical ability to stimulate true breakthrough thinking and execution throughout large and small organizations. She is skilled in the areas of revenue model generation, business model generation, strategic restructuring as well as marketing makeovers of every kind. Working with Rebecca’s principles can be the difference between mediocrity and a business that generates millions in additional revenue.
She teaches businesses that there may be dozens of more effective and more profitable strategies, and options, available to them. Rebecca shows her clients how to take different success concepts from different industries and adopt them to their specific business.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
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

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/savvy-girls-increase-your-sales-with-emarketing-solutions-tickets-47176746920

WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR THIS COURSE
Workbooks will be provided for use on the day, however participants of this course MUST have their own Google Adwords account already opened. This is important as you will be taken through the process of creating a campaign and you will need to have a Google Adwords account in order to do that. You will receive information on how to do this on enrolling onto the course.

We are hosting another joint Refresh Boyne/ M1 Payments Corridor event in The Mill in June and are delighted to have Conor Nolan as a guest speaker on the night. Conor is  24 year-old psychology graduate from Termonfeckin, Co.Louth, with a background in start-ups.

Blockchain stands to revolutionise communication and transaction recordation, in his Refresh Boyne talk Conor is going to discuss how using blockchain technologies helps in building trust between strangers and enabling increased provenance, transparency and privacy, and will highlight other opportunities of blockchain for various industries.

– Web Summit Speaker

– Sunday Independent’s Top 30 Under 30

– Business Development Manager of Kontainers, an enterprise software company building bespoke platforms for the biggest brands in shipping and launching a new product soon that will democratize the software for every freight forwarder in the world.

By providing rates, schedules and booking in a one-stop online package, Kontainers is trying to do to shipping what Expedia and Skyscanner have done to flying and travel: cut out the existing middlemen and install its website in their place. “We’ve digitised the entire process,” says Charles Lee, the co-founder of Kontainers. “You come on to our site, you type in your pickup location and destination and it gives you a quote in seconds.”

– Partnerships Manager in Blocknubie, an emerging, open-source platform that acts as a bridge between off-chain organizations, start-ups and the blockchain ecosystem.

Blocknubie simplifies and automates the startup process. It builds a highly personalised and structured roadmap based on each unique blockchain concept, location, market data and timeframes. This roadmap will utilise advanced artificial intelligence to map a path to success.and allows entrepreneurs to simulate their ideas in a sandbox to rapidly validate and prototype their ideas.

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.

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2lffnWB 

 

On Friday, 11th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 44 applications, were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, State Street, Fitz Scientific, The Mill Enterprise Hub, and Bricks4Kidz Louth. The overall winners were George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins, students at Drogheda Grammar School, who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Storyboard”.

The overall winners of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards 2018, Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School, with their Business teacher Alma Carney. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Storyboards was created by George and Hugo as learning tools used to help people with autism deal with anxiety in everyday life.  They list out the exact steps that are taken when performing everyday tasks or going to new places e.g. going to the barbers. These are currently freely available in the Arc cinema, Southgate Barbers, Drogheda Leisure Park, and in a few other places in Drogheda.

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 fifth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 44 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Bricks4Kidz, 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”.

Alison Cowzer of East Coast Biscuits speaking at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse was one of the judges, and commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories, and some of the applicants would not be out of place on Dragons’ Den. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.  Alison also told the students to put aside the question of what they want to be in the future, and focus on what they enjoy doing and what they are good at – by doing so, they will truly excel in their future careers and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2018 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Storyboard” – Overall winner of DYI 2018, Drogheda Grammar School (George O’Carroll, Hugo Collins)
Lisa Duffy and Karen Lynch from State Street with the Drogheda Young Innovators winners of 2018 George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins
  • “Makes Cents Prepaid Card” – Business Group Category, Sacred Heart
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School reeive an award from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Handii”– Business Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
Peter Toohey (left), Dotun Fatoki and Thomas Metcalfe of St. Mary’s Diocesan School receive the award in the Business Grioup category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project on a contactless payments device called Handii. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Ovea Soap” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills receive the award in the business category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards for their project Ovea Soap from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo: Andy Spearman
  • “Get a girl through a day” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Ciara Clarke and Anna Brodigan from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project, “Get a Girl Through Her Day – Tompack” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Hele-Shaw Cell Experiment” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Sorcha McGeown).
Sorcha McGeown from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with her project “A Hele-Shaw Experiment” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The TY students at Drogheda Grammar School will also receive a workshop from Bricks4Kidz, focusing on STEM using LEGO as a fun and practical way of learning.

“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 80 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”.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “The applicants have already displayed great initiative and innovation, and the DYI project gives them a fantastic opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Kelly Traynor Murphy (left) and Sarah Mannion of Ballymakenny College whose project SAFE was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Annie Byrne (left) and Ailish Carroll from Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer, pictured at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project AA Éadaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Reece Mullen, Adam Brady, Oran Kinch and Martin Finnegan from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Electrolock” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards Photo: Andy Spearman.
Dominyka Rimkute of Ballymakenny College at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with her project B&D Candles. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Temi Adeoti (left) and Harriette Flynn of Scared Heart School with their project “Spa-Licious” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Conor Maguire (left) and Barry Johnson of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer with their project “Bits and Bobs” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards.
Robert Keogh (left) and Danila Kolesnik of St. Joseph’s CBS with their “Emergency Locator” project at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
09 – Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project Ovea Soap at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School with their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School whose project “Storyboard” won the top prize at the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
St. Mary’s Diocesan School boys (from left) Seb Lennon, Calum Agnew, Ryan Lannon, Sam Victory, Liam Murphy and James Ospanov at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Face Valu”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sean Savage, Scott Brady and Nathan Campbell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Block chains in the Housing Market”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sacred Heart girls Rachel Callan, Shauna Murphy, Geena Gray and Eva Loftus with their project “Achieve” which is a multi-sports handbook, at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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What exactly is Artificial Intelligence(AI) and how can it be used in a financial services context?


The financial world stands on the edge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way people use financial services. The explosion of data in the financial sector has made it difficult (almost impossible) to analyse, without automated support to drive better, data-driven decisions and leveraging automations to fast and convenient service.

Refresh Boyne, and the M1 Payments Corridor are delighted to welcome Ken Cregan, Head of Financial Services Consulting, IBM Ireland, to discuss AI, and how it will change the way we interact with financial services companies (and other sectors) in the future.

The new EU regulation, PSD2, allows for banks to collaborate with third-party start-ups to better use their customers’ data. This has the potential to drive a flourish of AI developments in finance. Firms will work to enable access to their systems for account aggregators and direct-credit payment initiators and improve authentication for online payments.

Financial institutions are increasingly putting faith in AI to:

– Improve consumer personalisation and automate processes in real time.

– AI helps by analyzing larger volumes of security data and is also able to scale to the size of a company as it grows. This can aid in detecting fraudulent behaviour, suspicious transactions, and potential future attacks.

– Reducing duplicate expenses and human error

– Offering Data-Analytic driven Insights; with AI, you can process a huge volume of data which can be used to create reports that not only increase productivity and revenue, but also help with complex decision-making processes.

– Utilise Chatbots in Financial Services, decreasing costs and increasing data-driven analysis

Opportunities for Fintech Startups: AI technology is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable and is being used to help smaller startups as they can access the tools to compete with larger players within their industry.

The talk will be followed by Q&A session, and networking over pizza & beverage

Ken has over 20 years experience as a transformation consultant principally within Financial Services. Specific expertise in the area customer experience transformation. He has designed and lead some of the most innovative and challenging transformation programmes within the Retail Banking sector, and is currently working with a number leading banks, and non-banks, in applying AI to achieving business objectives.

Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Admission: FREE

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/future-of-artificial-intelligence-for-financial-services-tickets-45719963642 

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.

 

Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub have teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. DIFE students have an opportunity to win three months free hotdesk at The Mill, and additional mentoring support, by completing a short application outlining their potential business.

According to Breanndán Casey, manager at The Mill, “This is a great opportunity for students to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business in an inspiring entrepreneurial environment. The Mill currently has 30 companies employing circa 80 people. The winners will avail of a hotdesk, access to meeting rooms, high speed broadband, and support from The Mill Board”

Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East region. Their aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

Barbara Cooney, Deputy Principal of DIFE commented “We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fully accredited by QQI and all relevant professional examining bodies.  Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & Health Care, Applied Science. These courses can offer an ideal stepping stone to self-employment, and we’re delighted to work with The Mill on this initiative. The benefits to students include an ideal way to build their business network; develop their social skills, step out of their comfort zone, work on self-motivation commitment and reliability, and attend free networking events”.

The Mill will also put students in contact with their business partners, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.

Application Form – DIFE Hotdesk Competition

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