A new school for Irish food startups

A new digital ‘School of food’ has been launched in Ireland to help food startups succeed. 

The ‘School of food’ is designed to help people building, or in the process of establishing, a new small food production business.

“It supports food companies to develop and grow, with advice from some of the leading practitioners in Ireland. It is part of our commitment to the food sector in supporting their development and growth,” says the head of LEO, DúnLaoghaire Rathdown, Owen Laverty.

The school was built by the Dublin Food Chain and the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region. It’s the first of its kind in Europe, giving food entrepreneurs access to expert advice from their own home or office.

To learn more and apply, go here

Useful topics that can be studied include:

  • Plan your journey
  • Route to market
  • Think about finance
  • Grow your sales
  • Expand your business
  • Support for experts

The school is available to food businesses in the Dublin region initially, following which, it will be rolled out nationally.

The need to know more

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and the Dublin Institute of Technology, the school came about as a result of the keen interest among food entrepreneurs to learn about succeeding in business from key industry experts.

Pictured is Maria Betts of Maria Lucia Bakes who has worked closely with dlr’s LEO office in the development of her award-winning gluten wheat and dairy free cereals.