Welcome to Food Works Ireland
Food Works is a government supported accelerator programme that helps develop the next generation of scaleable and export driven Irish food businesses.
Food is an important part of the Irish economy, representing 12.3% of total export revenue today, and the industry is projected to be worth €19 billion by 2025. So, we want to support the people and businesses who are creating our food future.
If you have an innovative food product that satisfies a genuine market need, and an ambition for global success, you should meet with the Food Works team. What to expect on the Food Works Programme.
The next Food Works programme will start in 2019. The recruitment process will take place in Autumn 2018 with a closing date for applications, December 2018. For more details, go to How to Apply.
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Why Join Food Works?
Expert & Industry Led Workshops
You’ll get to attend a series of workshops designed to help build a robust investor-ready business plan. Workshops are run by leading experts in the food industry. Topics are supported with industry case studies from successful food entrepreneurs.
One-to-One Business Advisor Sessions
A customised business adviser support package will be planned, based on the individual needs and requirements of each company.
Consumer and Market Research
A dedicated research and consumer specialist supports each business. They will help you to complete groundwork to understand your business, target consumer markets and assess the size of the opportunity. Qualitative research, through focus groups, is used to generate deep consumer insight to help refine your brand and offering.
You will get a deeper understanding of the retail environment at workshops and presentations given by leading Irish retailers. An informal market forum set-up will facilitate engagement with people across the retail group.
Overseas Market Study Trip
Participants will get to go on an international market study visit where they will gain deeper knowledge and awareness of new market trends, competitor activity, innovative branding/packaging and market opportunities.
Industry & Investor Networking
The programme offers many networking opportunities with industry and in particular the ever-growing Food Works Alumni, a network of leading Irish food and drink entrepreneurs.
Access to Production & Technical Expertise
Expert advice is close at hand to help you get your product to market in the most efficient and effective manner.
Feasibility Grant Funding
Companies are eligible for feasibility funding of up to €15,000 through Enterprise Ireland.