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 40 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 half day Development Forum in February held remotely. Participants will then meet with their groups and Lead Entrepreneurs in six separate round table sessions between February and June. All sessions will be held either remotely or at a location convenient to the Lead Entrepreneur. The dates and locations of these three and a half hour sessions will be agreed with the Lead Entrepreneur on the first day.
A finance and tax workshop, which will be facilitated by KPMG, will take place in March 2021. A workshop will also be organised which will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from representatives of the development agencies about various supports available.
Selected candidates are expected to attend all events.