The South Tipperary Development Company (STDC) were delighted to welcome Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. to Tipperary Town last Thursday to officially launch their exciting business start up opportunity that encompasses training with an additional entrepreneurship package. This training funded by South Tipperary Development Company (STDC) is open to up to 15 people with a business idea that are either short term or long term unemployed, on Farm Assist, in threat of redundancy and/or part-time employed. Individuals who have a business idea and would like to progress their idea through training and business mentoring in a structured platform will benefit from this opportunity.
This very practical programme, taking place in Tipperary Town during the period January to April 2013, consists of 30 days classroom training, participation in business tasks, mentoring and networking opportunities. It will culminate in announcing the, ‘Tipperary Town New Entrepreneur 2013’ where the winner will be offered a business start-up package offering key critical supports that are being donated by the business community in Tipperary.
“This was only made possible by funding from South Tipperary Development Company and the concept behind the enterprise competition is to create a real and practical opportunity for those who have the ambition and drive to create their own businesses,” said Martin Quinn, Chair of STCD Board. “It is expected that there will be up to 15 places on the training course and training will cover a multitude of areas that are crucial to understanding the dynamics of building a business. Course content will be relevant and immediately applicable in a business environment. The competition will be open to all aspiring entrepreneurs and particular emphasis will be given to those on the live register along with those who are not in full time employment.”
Speaking at the launch Niall Morrissey CEO STDC said, “This is an exciting and innovative project that is designed to give a hand up and not a hand-out to those who wish to start their own business. The response of the Tipperary business community and groups has been incredibly positive and immediate. This opportunity is the first joint initiative between South Tipperary Development Company and the business community in Tipperary Town and this project is designed to remove the obstacles in building a loose idea into a real opportunity and a tangible business,” said Mr. Morrissey. “The competition will provide both the knowledge and ongoing supports over the first year to the winning company to help them through the challenges and hurdles that can often arise in building a company. Starting a business can be fraught with difficulties and can seem overwhelming at the outset. However the competition will provide for 30 days training that is focused on delivering key knowledge, skills and understanding that are required to open and maintain a business in today’s environment.”
The competition is open to those over 18 years old with a business idea and there is no need for a detailed business plan, financial projections or prototypes. The business idea however cannot replicate existing businesses in the greater Tipperary area. The winner of the business start up package will be announced in June of 2013 and they will receive a suite of supports kindly sponsored by Tipperary Town business community that include legal and accountancy advice, HR and printing supports, office accommodation, related office requirements and IT support including, website design and hosting, branding design and membership of the key business organisations. In addition to all of these supports, specific industry mentoring and fund raising advice will be provided for the winner over the first 12 months.
This project is the first of its kind in Tipperary and represents a real and unparalleled opportunity for Tipperary town and its hinterland. This competition offers a chance of a lifetime to bring a business concept from idea to a real business with the support of STDC and the local business community and offers each participant a chance that should be grasped by all that have a desire to start their own business.
At the launch of the Tipperary New Enterprise Competition in the Tipperary Technology Park last night, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Mr. Simon Coveney TD was enthusiastic in his praise for Tipperary town for embracing this exciting opportunity. “I am incredibly impressed with the response of the business community in supporting the prizes that are such a core part of the competition by using all of the resources of the community. In this fashion, we can create real opportunities for employment and the creation of employment, one job at a time, must be the priority of each town and community.” The Minister also praised the Board and staff of South Tipperary Development Company for initiating and facilitating the project and that it reflected the very best of public and private companies working together for the benefit of the community.”
This opportunity is open to all and if you are 18-years of age or older, unemployed or underemployed and interested in finding out more about our training opportunity then contact, Tina Mulhearne on 086 8364645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further detail on rules of entry and terms and conditions are available on www.stdc.ie