Local Dragon Helps Launch Drogheda Startup Initiative

18 Nov 2016 | 12.26 pm

Local Dragon Helps Launch Drogheda Startup Initiative

Alison Crowzer launched the Illuminate female entrepreneur initiative

18 Nov 2016 | 12.26 pm

The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda is seeking female entrepreneurs for the second annual instalment of the Boyne Valley/M1 ‘Illuminate’ female entrepreneurship programme, which had its first outing in October 2015.

To announce this year’s Illuminate application call, local businesswoman Alison Crowzer (pictured), of East Coast Bakehouse and Dragon’s Den, got involved for the official launch. The programme is delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy and is a Fetac-accredited course aimed at entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business.

Guest speakers for yesterday’s launch also included Bronagh Conlon of Network Louth and Jill Stout of CooKit Kids, who participated in the first Illuminate programme.

The Illuminate programme was created by The Mill Enterprise Hub, with assistance from DKIT and DCU Ryan Academy, to empower early stage female entrepreneurs to develop and expand their business. The programme is supported by Coca-Cola International Services, AIB, and the Louth and Meath Local Enterprise Offices. Applications are now open, with the closing date of December 16.

Speaking at the launch, Alison Crowzer said: “The most successful companies have to be adaptable and continually listen to their customers. It’s critical that you also know all the relevant financial figures.”

The Illuminate course helps participants to commercialise sustainable and profitable products through 12 study modules, covering sales strategy, project management and leadership, among other area. Details can be found here.

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