IGNITE Welcomes Minister Ged Nash
Ged Nash, TD, Minister of State at the Department for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation with special responsibility for Business & Employment and Ciaran Lynch, TD for Cork South Central visited IGNITE on Friday 6th Feb.
Eamon Curtin, IGNITE Programme Director, presented a brief overview of the programme and outcomes to date.
The visitors took the opportunity to hear, first-hand, of the challenges faced by those starting businesses in the region. Minister Nash and Mr Lynch, TD, met with many of the current IGNITE participants as well as past participants Sarah Dineen, founder of Uniwink and Ross O’Dwyer co-founder of Pundit Arena.
The collaboration between public and private sector was demonstrated by the attendance of IGNITE Advisory Board members Aiden Lee, MD Eolas International, and Paul Sutton, Senior Executive Officer at Cork County Council as well as Ciara McGee, Business Advisor at Local Enterprise Office – South Cork.
The Minister spoke about a number of initiatives to support business start-ups uder the recently announced Action Plan for Jobs 2015.
Among the many suggestions put forward by the young entrepreneurs for discussion were the idea to facilitate contact between Irish Embassies abroad and start-ups to provide access to target markets, to reduce visa restrictions to allow entrepreneurs actively engaged in a start-up to stay in Ireland, to provide easier access to funding for young entrepreneurs and to provide funding to allow development of programmes such as IGNITE.