The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Certificate Course in Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship is set to run again from January 31.
Funded by the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard Initiative, the part-time course is delivered by renowned entrepreneurs such as Brendan Allen, Castlemine Farms, with input and contributions from course graduates including Ami Madden from Valhalla Meats.
First delivered at GMIT in 2016, the course is designed for agribusiness workers such as local and regional food producers, farmers, food entrepreneurs and the wider farming community, where entrepreneurial training has not generally not prioritized.
It provides participants with the professional knowledge and skills to foster and develop their food ideas into successful businesses, encouraging participants to consider food entrepreneurship as a career.
Dr Lisa Ryan, head of the GMIT department of sport, exercise and nutrition, said the course was developed by a combination of qualified food science and nutrition personnel, as well as a panel of food entrepreneurs and promotes work-based learning.
“Interacting with food entrepreneurs offers participants the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, be inspired by their success, and learn the reality of starting and growing a food business,” she said.
“Industry leaders provide mentorship and support to participants throughout the course.
“Our graduates have found the experiential learning environment and interaction with industry an extremely beneficial and rewarding experience.”
This part-time certificate (level 9) will be delivered via blended learning two days/week for 16 weeks. Most of the course will be delivered online, with in-class activities for two days approximately every four weeks.
Successful applicants will have access to high-level support and mentorship as well as the opportunity to get hands-on support for start-up companies that will emerge from the program.
Moving away from the traditional style of teaching, this course will adopt a collaborative, practice-based approach in its delivery methods.
Graduates will possess the skills necessary to develop and execute a business concept. They will have unique knowledge of the dynamics of business creation and the skills required to establish a business in agribusiness or any other sector, according to GMIT.
The course is entirely financed by the Tremplin / HEA programme, with employees paying €300. With only 30 pitches offered, applicants are encouraged to apply through the Springboard website early to avoid disappointment.
The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, January 25.