About the Programme

Since the Food Works Programme was established, we have worked with more than 80 food entrepreneurs to help their food businesses scale and export.  The Food Works Programme costs €3,000. With all of the expert advice, branding, mentoring, research and guidance, the programme has a market value of over €50,000.

Participants are eligible to apply for an Enterprise Ireland feasibility grant up to the value of €15,000. We advise that you set aside 2 days per month over a 10-month period with additional time allocated to developing your Investor Ready Business Plan.

Closing date is the 1st December 2020.  We will then hold interviews with potential candidates and the 2021 participants will be announced by the end of December. Watch our past participants share their success stories from the Programme.

How the Programme can benefit you

Expert & Industry LED Workshops

Food Works workshops are run by leading experts in the food and drink industry using successful Irish food and drink case studies. These workshops are designed to help you build a robust investor-ready business plan.

One-to-One Business Advisor Sessions

Based on your company’s individual needs and requirements, you will receive customised one-to-one Business Adviser sessions to help you fine-tune your business.

Consumer and Market Research

On the Programme, you are assigned a dedicated research and consumer specialist, who will help you to complete groundwork to understand your business, target consumer markets and assess the size of the opportunity. Research, potentially including focus groups and quantitative surveys is used to generate deep consumer insight to help refine your brand and offering.

Retailer Engagement

Leading Irish retailers will deliver workshops and presentations to help give you a deeper understanding of the retail environment. An informal market forum set-up will facilitate engagement with people across the retail group.

Gain International Insights

As part of the Programme you will engage with international retailers and brand to gain deeper knowledge and awareness of new market trends, competitor activity, innovative branding/packaging and market opportunities abroad.

Industry & Investor Networking

You are plugged into an established community of food and drink entrepreneurs – the Food Works Alumni. There are also many opportunities to network and engage with industry peers and experts.

Access to Production & Technical Expertise

You have access to expert advice from production and technical experts to help you get your product to market in the most efficient and effective manner.

Feasibility Grant Funding

On the Programme, you are eligible for feasibility funding of up to €15,000 through Enterprise Ireland.


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2021 Food works Programme

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We are always happy to answer your questions. If we haven’t answered your query in the list below, email us at foodworksireland@enterprise-ireland.com . We will get back to you as soon as possible.


How Long is the Food Works Programme?

The Food Works programme runs will run from January to November 2021.

The programme is made up of group workshop days and a series of individual business advisor meetings. The business advisors schedule is customised based on specific 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 1st December 2020 to participate on the Food Works 2021 programme. Finalists will be invited to an on-line interview w/c 7th December 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by 15th December 2020.   

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 effected 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 on these sessions and where possible circulate pre-work to maximise the impact and engagement. Individual business advisor meetings will also be scheduled on line.

How many food businesses has Food Works worked with?

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 on line, 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.