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How long is the Food Works Programme?
The Food Works programme will run from March through to November 2021.
The programme is a series of group workshops and individual business advisor meetings, focused on all the key areas required to set up a successful food and drink business. The business advisors schedule is customized based on individual business requirements but typically include a monthly session with a lead advisor and bespoke sessions scheduled as needed across finance, manufacturing, marketing, retail etc.
We advise that you set aside additional time in this period to work on your business plan.
How do I apply?
Submit an application form before January 29th 2021 to participate on the Food Works 2021 programme. Finalists will be invited to an online interview on February 11th 2021. Successful candidates will be notified in advance of the programme commencing on 2nd March 2021.
How much does the Food Works Programme cost?
The Food Works Programme costs €3,000 (VAT exempt). This fee is invoiced in two instalments at the beginning and middle of the programme.
How does the funding support work?
If accepted on the programme, you are eligible to apply for up to €35,000 in grant funding, which includes €15,000 for salaries and up to €20,000 in grant funding for other eligible expenditure.
How has Covid 19 affected the Food Works programme?
The Food Works programme was delivered on line from April 2020. For the foreseeable future, all group workshops will continue to be delivered on zoom. We encourage and welcome group interaction within these sessions and where possible circulate pre-work to maximise the impact and engagement. Individual business advisor meetings will also be scheduled online.
How many food businesses has Food Works worked with?
We have worked with over 90 food entrepreneurs to help their food businesses scale and export.
Who runs the Food Works programme?
The Food Works programme is run by a tri-agency initiative with Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc. We also engage the support of business advisers and industry experts from Ireland and overseas across various functions such as strategy, finance, product development, marketing and other areas.
Where is the Food Works programme?
In 2021, the Food Works programme will start online, while Covid restrictions are in place. In previous years, live workshops were held in either Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland or Teagasc facilities.
How does the programme end?
The Food Works programme is designed to support you to complete an Investor ready business plan. The final day, involves a pitch to a panel of high profile food and drink industry experts to allow you to get external feedback and advice.
What happens after I complete the Food Works programme?
You will leave the programme with contacts across the agencies and the food and drinks industry in Ireland to enable you to continue to drive the growth of your business.