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Transcript of Entrepreneurship
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?
desire for independence
opportunity to explore a gap
Characteristics and Skills
drive and persistence
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
Specific Skills Training Programme
Skill Needs Analysis
Industrial Training Committees
A person who:
identifies an opportunity
takes a risk
sets up their own business
critical and creative thinking skills
FAS & Enterprise
- Enterprise Training for unemployed and redundant people
- Local Training Initiatives
- Employee Training
- National Traineeship Programme
Day 4 & 5
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
own financial risk
lack of capital
lack of time
fear of failure
friends or family support
Kaunas University of Technology
9 January 2014
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
Advice to students
Online consultations after the visit
for pitching ideas and raising funding from the crowd
Entrepreneurial business games
Zapitalism and Profi tania at
Social Networks or online forum
Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum at http://
Institutions and Organisations
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