Greenshoots 2014 Programme

2012 Greenshoots - James Hickey of “Carving Mad Woodcrafts”, along with Siobhan Duggan Artist (L) and Catherine Costello, Programme Manager (R)Final Call for New Business Owners: Greenshoots 2014 Programme to begin in September at Macroom E Enterprise Centre.

The fourth Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme is due to begin in September 2013 at Macroom E Enterprise Centre and recruitment is now underway for twelve innovative entrepreneurs to take part and grow their businesses. The deadline for applicants is 31st July 2013.

The application process is very simple. Give us a call on 026 20520 to chat through your idea or fill in an application form from

Greenshoots is a nine month programme that provides entrepreneurs and innovative businesses with the skills, facilities and supports necessary to make a real success of their business. Based at Macroom E, participants will avail of free office space, business training, mentoring, personal development and a network of industry experts, peer entrepreneurs and links to support and development agencies. The biggest positive about the programme is that participants work on their business within the supportive atmosphere of the group, rather than in an isolated situation at home. Over thirty business owners have taken part in the programme over the past three years and these have seen huge positive changes and developments in their businesses.

The programme is non-sector specific so all types of Cork business owners are invited to apply for a place – applicants must be a start up business with a solid business idea with growth potential or a business operational for less than five years wishing to diversify, grow, explore new markets or export.

Greenshoots is offered for FREE to successful applicants as it is kindly sponsored by Cork County Council and South Cork Enterprise Board.

Greenshoots Programme Manager Catherine Costello comments ‘I would urge anyone with a good business idea to contact me. All sorts of business owners have taken part in the past and Greenshoots might be just what you need to take yours to the next level.’

Cork entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a place on next year’s Greenshoots Programme, due to begin in September 2013, to turn a great idea into a viable business.

For more on this programme, please visit or contact Programme Manager Catherine Costello for more details.

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