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Transcript of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship - making your own way
What is an entrepreneur?
Hurdles in starting up a business
Where to get help?
Training programme in Dublin
10-15 March 2014
Day 1, 2 & 3
Enterprise Development Training

Discussions with Irish entrepreneurs

Why become an entrepreneur?
personal situation
entrepreneurial skills
success stories
desire for independence
opportunity to explore a gap
Characteristics and Skills
drive and persistence
Enterprise Ireland
Access to information, strategic
advice and expertise

Learn skills to start and develop business (workshops, training programmes)

Access funding e.g. High Potential Start Up funds

FAS model
Specific Skills Training Programme

Local focus

Skill Needs Analysis

Industrial Training Committees

Work placements

A person who:
identifies an opportunity
takes a risk
sets up their own business

risk tolerance
interpersonal skills
critical and creative thinking skills
Famous Irish
FAS & Enterprise
- Enterprise Training for unemployed and redundant people
- Local Training Initiatives
- Employee Training
- National Traineeship Programme
- Apprenticeship

Day 4 & 5
Company visits

Innovative Irish companies e.g.
(to be confirmed)

Companies working with FAS/SOLAS

The world’s number one hostel booking website

Launched in 1999 when a hostel owner and IT entrepreneur identified a niche in the market to introduce online bookings into hostels.

Introduced a number of innovations to the market (e.g. annual hostel conference, travel social network)

Operates an affiliate program and has successful relationships with over 3,500 distribution partners.

Currently employs more than 20 staff

Mission: To become the fastest-growing online provider of great value accommodation, using innovative technology to inspire independently minded travellers everywhere.
lack of the right business idea
procedural complexities
own financial risk
lack of capital
lack of time
fear of failure
friends or family support
know-how deficit...
Arthur Guinness
Tony Ryan
James Whelton

Maria Fojk

Kaunas University of Technology
9 January 2014

The Internet
learning resources
funding and finance
knowledge sharing, discussion and team building
20 teaching hours
Meetings with experts and lecturers
Provide the knowledge about innovative learning methods, practical business model for implementing FAS activities
Case studies
Advice to students
Online consultations after the visit
for pitching ideas and raising funding from the crowd
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ or
Entrepreneurial business games
like Gazillionaire,
Zapitalism and Profi tania at
Social Networks or online forum
Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum at http://
Institutions and Organisations
Maria Fojk
Project Manager


Enterprise Ireland
City and County Enterprise Boards
Chambers of Commerce
Digital Hub Development Agency
Dublin Business Innovation Centre
New Skills for New Jobs initiatives (www.skillsplus.ie)
- JobBridge - national internship scheme
- Momentum - education and training programmes in identified growing sectors
- Skillnets - subsidised staff training and valuable networking opportunities with similar companies
-ICT Conversion - up-skill or re-skill in core computing/programming skills
- Springboard - higher education programmes in growing sectors

Digital Hub Development Agency
The Digital Hub is a vibrant cluster of digital content and technology enterprises, located on a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Dublin City

digital media and technology businesses

Services include: infrastructure and support, pportunities for collaboration, networking and knowledge-sharing.
Organisations providing support to enterprises in Ireland
more videos at
Starting your own video series by Dublin Business Innovation Centre
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