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Apply now for the Business Innovation Programme

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Applications are open for the 2012/2013 Business Innovation Programme

This is a free programme for eligible jobseekers funded under the Springboard Initiative.

Click here for further information and to apply

Participants who completed the 2010 – 2011 Business Innovation Programme have kindly provided the Academy with the following testimonials:

“It took courage to apply for the programme. I am glad I did, as I’m reaping the rewards in my new position in Thermodial. The mix of experience in the class was invaluable to me” Andy Donlon, Business Innovation Assistant

“The BIP has been a thrilling year with the best of lecturers and consultants delivering the modules and master classes in this uniquely designed course.  There was also so much learning from the 120 highly capable and experienced fellow participants from diverse backgrounds”.  Philomena Mc Cabe, BA Psychology

“The course helped to redefine my core skills, highlighted skills I hadn’t recognised, and gave the additional skills and confidence I would need to launch a completely new career direction. Don’t hesitate! It’s YOUR opportunity now!” Paul O’Connor, Director, Polus Intelligence

“The Business Innovation Programme was a fantastic experience. It allowed me to use the skills I was learning in a host company. It provided practical opportunities and academic experience, which developed and increased my personal knowledge and skill-set” Ronan A. O’Reilly, Business Development Manager

“The Business Innovation Program was the best decision I made in 2011, the program was inspiring & creative, it gave me confidence in myself and the capability to create my own business to secure my future.” Gerry Rellis, Owner,  Smart Print Consultancy

“I now have a brand new skill-set as well as the confidence to take a much broader approach to seeking employment.  As a direct result of the programme, I have secured a wonderful employment opportunity, highly marketable skills and thanks to the in-company placement, direct experience in applying these skills to business challenges.  I cannot recommend the programme highly enough.” Debbie Slevin, Financial Services Professional

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DCU Ryan Academy to exhibit at the HEA Springboard Roadshow 2012 August 14th

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

The DCU Ryan Academy is pleased to announce that the Academy’s Business Innovation Programme Team will be attending the HEA Springboard Roadshow 2012.

The Roadshow will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin in Spencer Dock from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday August 14th. The event is FREE to the public and all Springboard Programmes are FREE to eligible participants.

The Business Innovation Programme Team will be available all day with information on all of the Academy’s Springboard programmes and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Also on hand will be a select group of Business Innovation Programme graduates who will be able to share their experiences of the programme and how it has benefitted them.

If you are considering applying for any of the Academy’s Programme’s this is an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss!

Second DCU Ryan Academy Springboard Info Session 8th August

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

DCU Ryan Academy will be hosting our second free information session about our 2012/13 Springboard Programmes on the 8th August from 10am to 12:30pm at the Ryan Academy in Citywest.

Our first information session was held on the 20th July and included information about the Business Innovation Programme (Level 8 Certificate in Innovation from DCU) and the Higher Diploma in Sales Coaching (Level 8 on NFQ (ICPM & Ofqual)). These programmes are free for eligible participants and are fully funded under the HEA Springboard Initiative.

Come along on Wednesday and meet the teams, learn about the Programmes and hear directly from recent Graduates on their experiences and outcomes. Refreshments will be provided.

This information session are free but registration is essential. For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.

DCU Ryan Academy Springboard Programmes – Information Sessions – 20th July & 8th August

DCU Ryan Academy will be hosting two free information sessions about our 2012/13 Springboard Programmes on 20th July and 8th August from 10am to 12:30pm at the Ryan Academy in Citywest.

There will be information available on the day about the Business Innovation Programme (Level 8 Certificate in Innovation from DCU) and the Higher Diploma in Sales Coaching (Level 8 on NFQ (ICPM & Ofqual)). These programmes are free for eligible participants and are fully funded under the HEA Springboard Initiative.

Come along and meet the teams, learn about the Programmes and hear directly from recent Graduates on their experiences and outcomes. Refreshments will be provided.

These information sessions are free but registration is essential. For more information and to register please CLICK HERE.

Sahar Hashemi, Founder of Coffee Republic to speak at the DCU Ryan Academy, 6th June

As the second year of the Business Innovation Programme draws to a close, the DCU Ryan Academy are delighted to announce that Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy will deliver the keynote speech at the end of year showcase on 6th June at the Ryan Academy.

Coffee Republic was the UK’s first US style coffee bar, founded in 1995 by Sahar and her brother Bobby. Both gave up professional jobs to start the business and together they  built one of the UK’s most recognisable high street brands with an annual turnover of £30million.

In 2003 Sahar published ‘Anyone Can Do It – Building Coffee Republic from our Kitchen Table’ which documents her journey in turning Coffee Republic from an idea into on of the main players in the ‘coffee revolution’. The book  tackles some of the fears and answers some of the elusive questions about what it really takes to become an entrepreneur.  ‘Anyone Can Do It’ has reached #1 on the Amazon business chart and is second highest selling book on entrepreneurship ever published in the UK.

In 2005 Sahar founded Skinny Candy, a brand of guilt free sweets and has established herself as a successful business motivation speaker, talking to international blue chip companies and conferences about innovation, creativity, branding and the entrepreneurial mindset  Her latest book ‘Switched On’ applies her experiences as an entrepreneur to the corporate sphere.

HEA Springboard announce further funding of DCU Ryan Academy Business Innovation Programme

The Minister for Education and HEA launched Springboard 2012 today at the offices of the INOU.  Representing the graduates of Springboard 2011 were two participants from DCU Ryan Academy Business Innovation Programme.

Gerry Rellis, who has a career spanning 30 years in the print industry credited the additional innovation skills he developed while on the Business Innovation Programme as the key influencer in the development of his new business.   Gerry also cites the multitude of workshops, seminars and keynote addresses from global innovation specialists during the programme as providing the grounding and reality required to enable participants to put their new found skills into action, not only in the host company placement but afterwards in new career opportunities.”

Gerry however, is keen to emphasise that, in addition to the top class academic input from the best lecturers and industry leaders, the focus on self development and career activation workshops and skills was fundamental in ensuring that 126 highly qualified professionals with cumulatively 2184 years fully realise their potential!

 

Ronan Slater, who has had a successful career over 25 years in financial services was equally forthright in his praise of the Business Innovation Programme.   The design of the programme, encompassing emerging business skills such as innovation and creativity in addition to the career development emphasis, allowed me to offer value added and a greater sense of self confidence to my new employer.  The ability to continue the programme, having found employment not only improved my value proposition but also benefitted my new employer.  Ronan, returned to employment in February 2012 following 10 months on the live register.

 

The Business Innovation Programme has been expanded for September 2012 and will now offer two streams. The Innovation Management Stream is designed for experienced graduate managers/professionals who wish to lead innovation capacity within organisations.

The Practical Marketing stream is designed for supervisors/technicians who may have little or no business skills but who have the capacity to deliver innovation on the ground in organisations, and improve their prospects of obtaining work at management level.

Applications:  www.springboardcourses.ie

Business Innovation Programme student Tina Reid wins Mason Hayes and Curran 2012 Green Business Plan Competition

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

 

The winner of the Mason Hayes & Curran 2012 Green Business Plan Competition has been announced at Dublin City University.  Tina Reid, founder of Reid Recycling (trading as ORGAANEQ), has developed a waste management service for the Irish equine industry, which will include collection and recycling of used bedding from stable yards.  The start-up will benefit from an award of €2 000 from leading law firm, Mason Hayes & Curran to assist on the next stage of its business development.

Tina’s business plan has been developed through her participation in the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship Business Innovation Programme which enables unemployed graduates or professionals to create or secure employment in roles where they can encourage or implement innovative change.  Tina said, ‘I was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to present, let alone win…. and to have such positive feedback about the idea. Winning was an unexpected surprise. The past year has been spent on the Business Innovation Programme at the DCU Ryan Academy with a view to getting this business from idea stage through feasibility towards business plan and launch.  Winning will aid me in taking my first steps onto the ladder to success.’

The Mason Hayes & Curran Green Business Plan competition provides a platform for enterprising students at Dublin City University to pitch their innovative, start-up business ideas to business and investment professionals.  Business plans shortlisted for the final pitching session were required to demonstrate an environmentally friendly or sustainable dimension.  Wendy Hederman, partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Commercial Department said, ‘This innovative programme is a hallmark of DCU’s innovative and enterprising ethos, bridging the gap between academia and enterprise.  It enables students to find a pathway to creating a viable, sustainable business.’

Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU said, ‘DCU strives to create an entrepreneurial, innovative environment which empowers students in shaping their own future and transforming their lives.  I warmly congratulate Tina on her achievement today and wish her every success with the commercialisation of her business plan.’