Developing your own business
When Keith Moore lost his job in the retail sector he took a step back to weigh up his options. He eventually came to the decision that he wanted to do an education course to improve his prospects. So he applied for the postgrad in Innovation Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the Innovation Academy UCD
"The reason that I went for this course was that it really stood out from all the other courses on offer. I felt there was a lot I could gain from completing this Springboard+ course.
"I always wanted to set up my own business and I thought this was a good opportunity to see if it was right for me. After all, I wasn't losing anything."
What particularly appealed to Keith was the fact that the course was structured unlike any other.
"There are no teachers. You learn by doing. From day one it was very much the attitude that you put into the course what you wanted to get out of it."
And Keith got a lot.
"After I completed the course I set up a not for profit enterprise called Smartvote.ie. It's a website to make Irish politics more accessible to people. Phase one was rolled out recently and was composed of a voting assistance application which helps people rate all the candidates based on the users views."
The initiative has been so successful that Keith has made it to the last 12 finalists in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards.