Startup Ireland pilots Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills programme

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Pictured: Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation Damien English with Siobhan Finn, Cork Innovates and Startup Gathering City Coordinator for Cork with Edel O'Brien, Martin Lillis, Aileen Lyons and Pat Keane Startup Ireland

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9 July 2015 | 0

Ireland’s first Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills Passport programme was launched today at Cork Institute of Technology by Startup Ireland, a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to championing the growth of the start-up sector.

The pilot programme is an entry level competence-based introduction to the development of entrepreneurial skills with modules on creativity with design thinking, finance, Self-awareness and opportunity recognition.

“The ability to be more entrepreneurial and innovative in a rapidly changing environment is an essential life skill. Having the right skills set and a good grounding on the practicalities of starting and scaling a business, greatly increases the success rates,” said Eoin Costello, CEO of Startup Ireland. “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 programme will be fully rolled out during Startup Gathering, a five-day festival running from 5-10 October.

Set to be one of the biggest startup events in the world, Startup Gathering 2015 will have over 50 events across Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and Ireland’s start-up sector to national and international audiences.

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