Are you over 50 and want to build a business? Then this programme is for you. 

A programme to help people age 50+ develop their business ideas has opened for applications. The Ingenuity Build Your Own Business programme gives people the skills required to plan, start and grow a business. 

The programme is led by ISAX and run in collaboration with the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) and supported by Bank of Ireland.

Over 150 people have taken part in the Ingenuity Programme to date. The programme is tailored for people over-50. It is different to many other startup programmes as it gives people a broader range of modules with more time given to implementing the teachings.  

What else is on offer? 

Graduates of the programme will have the support of an Alumni Club and the course also acts as a gateway to the ISAX Smart Ageing Innovation Hub. These are co-working spaces available in both Dublin and Limerick for graduates of the ISAX Ingenuity Programme. 

“It’s a myth that starting a business is only for young people.”

When and where does it start? 

In Dublin, the programme will start on the 10th of April, running for two evenings per week in the Guinness Enterprise Centre until the 31st of May.

This year, the programme will run for the first time in Cork, kicking off on the 18th of April and running until the 6th of June.

An information evening for anyone interested in enrolling in the programme in Cork will take place in the Bank of Ireland Workbench on Patricks Street, Cork, on Monday the 12th of March from 5 pm – 7 pm. 

Startups are not just for millennials

“Ireland’s population is ageing and today it’s a myth that starting a business is only for young people. People age 50+ often have greater industry knowledge and established professional networks to help them start a business,” says Anne Connolly, CEO of ISAX Ireland.

Anyone interested in more information can click here. 

Pictured above are Kevin Curran, head of enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West; Anne Connolly, CEO of ISAX; Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council; Eilis Mannion, head of Bank of Ireland Cork County; Sean O’Sullivan, head of enterprise, Local Enterprise Office; Bernard Jones, Inspire Partner; and Joe Phelan, a former participant of the Dublin programme who owns an Alpaca farm.

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