Back for Business is based on a model of peer support, entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs. Volunteer Lead Entrepreneurs will make their time available to facilitate round tables and to share their experience of starting and growing a business . This approach is well proven as being effective in bringing about increased motivation and confidence among entrepreneurs and having a positive impact on their enterprise development.
The initiative runs over a six month period. It will provide the opportunity for up to 48 committed early stage entrepreneurs from across the country to take part. Selection will be on a competitive basis, and selected candidates will be those who best demonstrate the potential to advance their business plans and to fully engage in the initiative.
It has been developed and designed on the principle that entrepreneurs learn best from each other. This applied learning model involves a series of round table interactive sessions that are facilitated by Lead Entrepreneurs who have experience of successfully starting and growing a business.
The cycle will start with a full day Development Forum on 23 January 2020. Participants will then meet with their groups and Lead Entrepreneurs in four separate round table sessions. The dates and locations of these sessions will be agreed with the Lead Entrepreneurs on the first day.
A full day support workshop will take place on on 14 February 2020 in Dublin. A finance and tax workshop, which will be facilitated by KPMG, will take place on 24 March 2020 in Dublin. The cycle will finish with a full day in early July, which will include the final round table session.
Selected candidates are expected to attend all events.