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Thursday 24 April 2014

Intensive business bootcamp for local start-ups

FINGAL COUNTY Enterprise Board is busy recruiting local start-ups and those serious about starting a business, to take part in an intensive business bootcamp, the first-ever residential two-day programme for local start-ups.

Staged on January 31st and February 1st, the 30 start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs will be put through their business paces, with expert trainers and a panel of experts at hand. Aimed at those who only started their business in 2012 or are about to set one up in 2013, the training programme covers areas such as overcoming challenges during the startup phase, important business skills in the workplace, how technology can be used more effectively and perfecting business pitches. Facilitated by QED Training, the programme features talks from experienced trainers, two panels of entrepreneurs and technology experts, several networking sessions and peer-topeer learning opportunities. Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of the Fingal County Enterprise Board, said that demand remains 'consistently high' for 'Start Your Own Business' programmes and training courses in the region. 'In 2012, the Fingal County Enterprise Board organised and ran seven different 'Start Your Own Business' training programmes, in addition to a one-day 'Business Bootcamp' and a national conference for senior entrepreneurs, all aimed at people planning to start their own businesses. Over 250 people participated in these programmes during 2012 and many have gone on to establish their new business." 'We are targeting new start-ups that have real job creation potential to join us in this highly interactive and intensive ' Business Bootcamp'. Because it is a residential event, participants will have a unique networking opportunity in a superb secluded environment, learning the ropes from experts to ensure their business succeeds.' Thanks to recent funding from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation under its list of job-creation measures, the Fingal County Enterprise Board is selecting 30 startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to apply for the programme. The two-day residential bootcamp on January 31st and February 1st is taking place at Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and the subsidised fee for all training, mentoring, meals, accommodation and materials is €95 per person. The Fingal County Enterprise Board has advised that places are limited, with about half of places already filled. Further information about the ' Intensive Business Bootcamp' is available by e-mailing info@fingalceb.ie, by telephoning (01) 8900 800 or through www.fingalceb.ie.

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