Do you have a great idea or have you spotted a gap in the market but are not quite sure how to get it off the ground? Read our article on entrepreneurship in the UCD Career Guide to find out how Donal McSharry built up his Funky Christmas Jumpers business.
There's a lot of support for startups and small businesses. Here are some helpful resources:
- UCD Innovation - helping students develop their business skills and ideas
- Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs - a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs
- Business Access to State Information and Services - providing a single access point to all Government information and services
- Enterprise Ireland - the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets
- Inter Trade Ireland - helping SMEs across the island by offering practical cross-border business funding, information, advice and support
- J4b - information on grants/funding available for business and start-ups
- Irish Investment Network - Connecting Irish Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors
- Small Business Can - a community for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum - an initiative working to foster a stronger and more successful culture of entrepreneurship among students
You may also like to check out your bank’s business startup web pages and your local area partnerships and Enterprise Centres, which are excellent for networking opportunities and support.
Contact your local Enterprise Board:
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board (DLRCEB) is your ‘local’ enterprise board if you are a UCD student. The Board works with aspiring entrepreneurs and provides complimentary supports which can help you to acquire new skills, access specialist advice and receive training. See more information at www.localenterprise.ie/DLR
Enter a Student Competition: A great way to develop skills and stand out from the crowd!
Graduate employers seek out ‘top talent’ by organising competitions which engage students in projects and provide an opportunity to showcase skills and abilities. Student competitions can also help you to enhance your CV, develop and demonstrate your skills to a potential future employer, allow you to perform a ‘test run’ in an assessment centre and provide opportunities to network with employers or to win a prize or an internship.
There are many annual competitions particularly popular with students which include:
- gradireland National Student Challenge
- Deloitte’s Top Technology Talent Competition
- EY Entrepreneurs of the Future
Keep yourself informed on upcoming competitions by visiting Career Focus, our online newsletter.