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Calling all food and drink start-ups! Here's how to fund your project

You could be offered up to €35,000 to grow your business.

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Are you part of a food or drink start-up that needs funding to get your project off the ground? Enterprise Ireland has announced a grant of up to €35,000 for companies that participate in its Food Works programme this year. 

Food Works, which is an initiative of Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, offers an unparalleled opportunity for up-and-coming businesses to benefit from one-to-one mentoring. Some of the programme's mentors include John Stapleton, co-founder of the New Covent Garden Soup Company and Little Dish, Joanna Walker, food retail expert and former buyer with Sainsbury’s and M&S, Eamonn Rice, business consultant and former Kerry Group Director, Matt Bentley, Marketing consultant, Gavin Sherry, manufacturing specialist, and Moira Creedon, food business financial planning expert. The programme also offers in-depth consultancy and advice from industry experts, access to consumer and market research pertaining to their brand and more. 

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 Sean Clinton and Damien O’Connor from Clintons Crisps.
Sean Clinton and Damien O’Connor from Clintons Crisps.

Plenty of well-known brands have participated in the programme, including Clintons Crisps, dairy-free ice cream Nóbó, craft beer company Wicklow Wolf and many more. To be in with a chance to become Ireland's next household name, all you have to do is apply for this year's programme by registering online. First, you will be invited to an introductory meeting, before selected participants begin the programme in March.

Think your brand has what it takes? Applications are open until this Friday, so apply now!

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