We know that growing a business is tough, but everyone should have the chance to make a real go of it, especially when they are starting out.
That’s why Innovate Dublin offers the chance for 10 entrepreneurs or business owners to take part in ‘Incubate for Growth — a fabulous ten-month programme based in our Social Innovation Hub.
The programme helps small start ups take their business to the next level by building on the supports already provided to them by the Department of Social Protection, Local Partnerships and Local Enterprise Offices. For those already trading that may mean an increase in customers, for others it may mean setting themselves up to trade.
As well as great networking, participants get a modern desk space and a whole load of backup to get their ideas off the ground. This includes business mentoring, marketing development, workshops and advice about their business plan. Using these supports, they are able to fully develop and validate their business proposition, identify potential customers, sales channels and funding options and grow their business offering.
The programme, which is based in Ballymun is a highly innovative response to the problem of unemployment in the area and has produced some extraordinary success stories.