They say the secret to getting ahead is getting started. But a helping hand and a push in the right direction can do wonders, especially when it comes to start-ups. Even we had to start somewhere and – despite the fact that we’ve been around longer than the term ‘start-up’ – we too were once looking to scale up an expand our reach.
That’s why, three years ago, we decided to partner with Enterprise Ireland to create The Thrive Project, a six-month leadership initiative to help inspire and nurture the next generation of ambitious food companies to become global brands. But what does that entail? And how have our chosen companies benefitted? Here’s everything you need to know…
Shaping the future
Each year, eight entrepreneurial founders of fast-growing Irish food companies are chosen to complete the Thrive Project’s crash-course leadership programme. All companies selected must a) be planning to expand internationally imminently, b) be run by a founder or group of founders who are fiercely ambitious, and c) have a strong brand and a unique proposition in their sector.
Once underway, the group follows a jam-packed itinerary which includes the opportunity to visit
Now in its fourth year, the future of The Thrive Project looks exceedingly bright – you only have to listen to the feedback from former participants of our programme.
Take Siobhan Lawless, owner of The Foods of Athenry, who participated in The Thrive Project in 2016, the first year of the programme. “Being selected as a participant in a programme aimed at business growth and run by a global giant changed the way I thought about our business,” she reflects.
“During one conversation in Atlanta, when I was talking about our journey with
It’s been a whirlwind six-months, spanning different continents and time zones. But what stands out? The consensus among our participants was that the workshops, run by some of
Dáithi O’Connor, a 2018 Thrive participant and founder of Revive Active, recalls that it was at the
It's all about leadership
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We can’t wait to see what the 2019 class achieves; watch this space!
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