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.