Helping the next generation
Celebrating its third year in 2018, the Thrive Project is an initiative developed by Cola-Cola and Enterprise Ireland to achieve exactly that.
Each year the founders of several fast-growing Irish food companies are chosen to complete the Thrive Project’s crash-course leadership programme. Then, after six months of knowledge-sharing from both
Across the pond and back again
On 29th January, the Thrive Project’s class of 2018 – its third cohort – celebrated their graduation from the programme at a celebratory event in Dublin. Making up the eight were entrepreneurs representing Brogan’s Bakery, Cahill’s Farm Cheese, craft brewery The White Hag, dessert makers Couverture, high-protein frozen yogurt company Pow-Cow, frozen plant based product innovator Strong Roots, supplement company Revive Active, and bread-maker Walsh’s Bakehouse.
Of course, all eight passed with flying colours. But what exactly did they get up to over those six months?
Well, it all kicked off with an introductory session at the
Then the jet-setting eight were flown to London for a two-day workshop at
From there, the class of 2018 visited Innocent’s Fruit Towers. As a brand that has very recently embarked on the successful journey from start-up to international stardom itself, the team at Innocent were able to shed some light on how they accomplished exactly what our eight Thrive Project companies are building towards.
And – between all the fun of airport transfers and online check-ins – back in Ireland the group benefitted from round-the-clock access to the insights, expertise and innovative ideas of some of
In short, a lot was packed into six months.
The perfect opportunity to learn
Speaking at the 2018 graduation,
Thrive Project ’18 Graduate and CEO of Strong Roots, Sam Dennigan, spoke pretty fondly of his experience over the six months: “The Thrive Project provided the perfect opportunity to learn from the experience of one of the most iconic global brands. This unique insight is invaluable to our company as we begin to scale our business and operations.”
The 2019 Thrive Project participants will begin class this April, so you’ll be hearing more from us on how they get on soon. Watch this space!
Want to see what life on the Thrive Project is like for yourself? Check out our video from 2017 here.
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