Entrepreneur’s passport will give would-be founders essential life skills

9 Jul 2015

Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation, Damien English TD and Siobhan Finn, Project Director, Cork Innovates and Startup Gathering City Coordinator for Cork pictured speaking with course participants Edel O'Brien, Martin Lillis, Aileen Lyons and Pat Keane.

An entry-level course dedicated to the development of key entrepreneurial life skills jointly developed by Start-ups Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology has been launched.

Developed by Start-up Ireland, it has been designed to boost these skills across all areas of the economy and society, a need highlighted in the 2013 Entrepreneurship Forum Report.

“The ability to be more entrepreneurial and innovative in a rapidly-changing environment is an essential life skill,” said Start-up Ireland CEO Eoin Costello. “Having the right skills set and a good grounding on the practicalities of starting and scaling a business greatly increases the success rates.

“We are focused on helping to make Ireland one of the best countries to start, scale and succeed from and the Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills passport will play an important role in achieving this ambition.”

The passport includes modules on Getting Started, Creativity with Design Thinking, Finance, Self-awareness and Opportunity Recognition.

The course will be rolled out across Ireland during the week of the Start-up Gathering between 5 and 10 October.

Start-up Gathering will see more than 50 events take place across five days in five cities — Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford — with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship and creating world-class, regional start-up hubs.

“The passport will enable early talent-spotting and will give the foundation needed for those with new and innovative ideas to create a start-up business,” Damien English TD, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years