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ISSUE 6 2018
Search is on for Food
Works 2019 participants
The recruitment drive for Food Works 2019 has
been launched. As Ireland's leading accelerator
programme for food and drink start-ups,
Food Works is run by Bord Bia (the Irish
Food Board), Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc
(the Irish semi-Dtate authority responsible
for research and development, training and
advisory services in the agri-food sector).
This year it is targeting food and drink business
propositions, including those from serial
entrepreneurs, with significant potential to scale.
Applications are being sought from individuals and
companies at various stages of development, from
start-ups through to existing businesses with a
strong entrepreneurial ethos.
Well-known faces from Ireland's food
industry have been named as ambassadors
for the next phase of the programme, these
include: David McKernan, Java Republic;
Ann Murray, Lír Chocolates; Paddy
Callaghan, Natures Best; Pat Rigney, The
Shed Distillery; Stephen Twadell, food
investor and business coach; Larry Murrin,
Dawn Farm Foods; and John O'Brien,
O'Brien Fine Foods.
From the worlds of coffee, chocolate, fresh
produce, meat, alcohol and FMCG, the
ambassadors are serial entrepreneurs,
marketing and business transformation
experts who will offer broad industry
expertise and mentoring capabilities to the
Food Works is an intensive programme
that guides successful participants from
the initial concept phase through to the
development of a winning food product
with international appeal and global export
Over the last five years, Food Works
has worked with 76 food and drink
companies to develop scalable and
export-focused business ideas. Of these,
45 per cent have already achieved export
success, with 1.5 million generated in
export sales in 2016 alone.
Paddy Callaghan, Nature's Best; David McKernan, Java Republic; Pat Rigney, The Shed Distillery; Nicola Nic
Phaidin, Enterprise Ireland; Ed O'Neill, Teagasc; Ann Murray, Lir Chocolates; Karen Tyner, Bord Bia; John O'Brien,
O'Brien Fine Foods; Larry Murrin, Dawn Farm Foods; and Stephen Twadell, food investor and business coach.