Food Works is a government supported accelerator programme designed to help export-orientated entrepreneurs become part of Ireland’s growing food and drink industry. Established in 2012, Food Works is run by three government agencies – Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc. In this time Food Works has helped more than 70 Irish food entrepreneurs scale their businesses.
Food Works is run through a series of workshops and one to one mentoring. Successful participants are given an invaluable range of practical business supports required to develop an initial concept into a winning food product with international appeal and global export potential.
The available supports include consumer market research, business plan development, technical advice and commercial viability testing. Additionally, successful applicants can gain fast-track access to research and development (R&D) facilities, potential investors and state funding.
Who is Food Works for?
The ideal candidates are ambitious entrepreneurs or companies with less than four years of trading that wish to target new export markets and scale their business. It is envisaged that the company will have an innovative product either already developed or in development. The Food Works programme aims to help these young companies realise their full potential, achieve significant scale and become major international businesses in markets across the globe.
Candidates may apply on an individual basis, as part of a team or as a company if it has been in existence for less than four years.
To find out more about Food Works Ireland, visit www.foodworksireland.ie