Offaly entrepreneurs target ‘New Frontiers’

ENTREPRENEURS in Offaly with an innovative business idea can now apply for New Frontiers 2012, a business development programme which will help them advance their idea and equip them with the skills to grow their company.

ENTREPRENEURS in Offaly with an innovative business idea can now apply for New Frontiers 2012, a business development programme which will help them advance their idea and equip them with the skills to grow their company.

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in partnership with NUI Maynooth will deliver the programme in the Midlands Mid-East region.

New Frontiers is an Enterprise Ireland-funded programme that provides entrepreneurs with the skills, networks, facilities and supports necessary to navigate the business start-up process. Participants will receive six-month€15,000 salary support from Enterprise Ireland.

Applicants for the programme should have an innovative business idea, with growth and export potential.

According to Michael Lonergan, Manager of the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre, “If you are a prospective entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, New Frontiers will provide you with the skills and support necessary to transform your idea into a successful business.”

Ann Marie Durkin, CEO of Shasta, a former Enterprise Programme participant and recent Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up, “As a start-up company, the Enterprise Programme provided us with comprehensive business support. If you have an innovative business idea, AIT and NUIM provide a ready-made R&D capability to develop your product, while New Frontiers will support you in developing your business and bringing your product to market.”

A series of pre-programme business feasibility workshops will be held in AIT and NUI Maynooth in May-June. Participants who complete the workshops will be encouraged to apply for New Frontiers 2012 commencing in July.

For more information visit www.ait.ie/newfrontiers or contact Programme Manager, Bert Farrell at telephone 090 6483043 or by email to bfarrell@ait.ie