Frequently Asked Questions

We’re always happy to answer your questions. If we haven’t answered your query in the list below, email us at We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Bootcamp costs €350 + VAT. This fee covers two representatives from your food business. You also need to factor in accommodation and transport costs. The Food Works Programme costs €3,000 + VAT. Again, this fee covers two representatives from your food business.
In total, we advise that you set aside 25 days over a six-month period and allow time to develop your business plan. The Food Works Programme is made up of ten, day-long workshops and a further six business adviser sessions, over six months. The trip to the Speciality Fine Food Fair in London is a two-day event.
We have worked with more than 60 food entrepreneurs to help their food businesses scale and export. We look forward to adding to that figure.
No, registering for an introductory meeting means that a member of the Food Works team will contact you and set up a meeting to see if the programme is the right fit for your business. After the introductory meeting, if you think the Food Works Programme is for your business, then you need to apply to take part. Applications reopen in 2017.
Introductory meetings are held in various locations around the country. Bootcamp typically takes place close to Dublin. The workshops and business adviser sessions usually take place in either Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland or Teagasc facilities. The overseas market study trip is usually to London.
Yes. All activities are designed to help you produce the best possible business plan. At the end of the programme, you will present your plan to a panel.
You will leave the Programme with many contacts in the food and drinks industry in Ireland. Participants are also encouraged to join the Food Works Alumni, Food Works Plus once they complete the programme.