Westmeath food start-ups sought for accelerator programme

Photo: Conor McCabe photography

Photo: Conor McCabe photography

Food Works, Ireland’s leading accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups, is seeking to identify a number of high potential start-up food teams from County Westmeath with a strong business idea to take part in Food Works 2017.

The programme, run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, and Teagasc, aims to foster and encourage innovative new product ideas which satisfy a genuine market need while supporting the growth of the Irish food industry on a global scale.

Budding food entrepreneurs are invited to explore their suitability for the programme at a series of regional meetings, the next of which will take place in Dublin on Tuesday, May 16.

Following this meeting, those who are interested in the programme are asked to complete a formal application, from which a number of finalists will be shortlisted to take part in an industry-led boot-camp where the successful final programme participants will be selected.

Food Works is an intensive programme which guides participants from the initial concept phase through to the development of a winning food product with international appeal and global export potential. This includes the provision of a full range of practical business supports designed to provide participants with an investor-ready business plan.

This includes consumer market research, one-to-one mentoring, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to fast track access to research and development (R&D ) facilities, possible investors, and State funding.

For further information or to register for the meeting visit www.foodworksireland.ie

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