Aim of the programme• Facilitate experienced professionals/trades – who find themselves out of work or under employed – Develop business ideas • start a new business or • explore ways in which they can use their skills, experience and talents to exploit commercial opportunities.
Discovery Zone Programme• The Discovery Zone is a fully funded exciting 12-week programme (3 full days per week)• 36 days of face to face training• 50 hours of one to one mentoring• Access to office facilities• Integration into the network of opportunity of the providers
Workshops incorporate • Business Workshop - Facilitated Training • Softer Support Skills – Facilitated Training Soft Skills / • Project Work - Linked to Active Learning / Business Skills Motivation Assignments derived from facilitated sessions • Individual Work - Linked to Individual Personal and Career Progression Plan Aspects to • Guest Speakers - success Cases – “I did it, Workshops You can too and this is how” • Case Studies - Peer Group Learning Exercise • Expert Inputs - Experts in Core Fields (dependant on issues as they arise Group PeerActive Learning • External Visits - to institutions, relevant Learning Premises • Mentoring – Group and Individual Support provided each week
Programme Stages(3 week slots) • Introduction to Programme, Self Awareness and Change Management • Personal Interest and Skills Audit / Getting Started,Awareness • Teamwork and Entrepreneurial Mindset / Brainstorming and Idea Generation • Marketing Research / Feasibility Study • Communication and Presentation Skills Research • Ongoing Individual Work on Career and Progression Plan • Production , Marketing , Costing and Pricing, Finance, legalities and Intellectual Property • Strategic Business Planning / Entrepreneurial Experience Planning • Continuous Personal Commitment to ongoing Improvement • Business Proposal and Presentation • Evaluation and ReviewImplementation • Exit Strategies
Day 1 Introduction to Programme and Expected Outcomes, Tour and Sign Up of Programme, resources Day 2 Getting Started, Teamwork and Entrepreneurial Mindset, Importance of Entrepeneurship and the Irish Week 1 Ecomomy Creativity and Vision - - Introduction to Idea Generation / Brainstorming Ideas Day 3 Introduction to Life Wheel and where people are at - Motivational and Focus exercises Self Awareness and Change Management Transition to Success after Loosing Your Job - Reinventing Yourself - TDI Intro / Assessment Day 1 - Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants - Skills and CVsAwareness Day 2 Half Day Personal Effectiveness - Personal Interest and Skills Audit - what sort of a person are you -may link to CV/ Personal Profile Introduction to Entrecode Analysis Week 2 Day 2 Half Day Clarifying and expanding on Ideas / Developing questions around them - looking at the tangibility of each Defining and answering the questions - action plan around desk research Day 3 Meeting Entrepeneurs / Success Cases (New Industries - Tech/ Sustainable/ Bio-Energy /Leisure) Success Cases - Peer group learning / Entrecode Evaluation Tool Homework Day 1 TDI Coaching Sessions - Results of Assessment (week 1) Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants - Skills and CVs Day 2 Entrecode Results - (Cost) Week 3 Team Building and Team Leading Smart Objectives, Goal Setting - Action Plans Toolkits for idea progression and development Day 3 TDI Coaching Sessions - Results of Assessment (week 1) Group Project/ Team Assignments
Guest Speaker -Success story , Meeting Entrepreneurs / Success Cases / Self Employment - SME Other suggestions Guest Speaker - e.g. Gerard O Brien Enterprise Ireland, or CEB(strategy around entrepreneurs in the Economy Week 4 Day 1 Presentation of Initial Ideas - Group ideas - SWOT and Critical Issues / Review Introduction to Market Research - Organizing the Desk and Field Research for Projects - Action Planning Day 2 Day 3 Peer Group Learning / Guest Speaker Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants - Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring ParticipantsResearch / Review Day 1 Action Feasibility Study Week 5 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Day 2 Implementing and undertaking the Feasibility - Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants - Group and individual Finding information - Assignment Day 3 ICPP Mari (Half Day) Career Progression Action Plan (15-20 min slots) Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Presentation of Supports / Grants / Skills attainment available to Individuals (E.g. CEB, DSP, EI) Day 1 Presentation of The Practical/ Tangibility re Feasibility - Money, Personal Survival, Cost Analysis, Budgets, Legal, Day 2 Intellectual Property Week 6 Ongoing Individual Work on Career and Progression Plan - ICPP - Gap Analysis Verax Tool - What skills am I missing - where am I at in terms of Progression - whats working well / not Day 3 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants -
Day 1 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Review, Evaluation and Regroup Day 2 Introduction to Strategic Business Planning Week 7 Presentation of Results of Feasibility Study / Marketing Research Phase Day 3 Entrepreneurial Experience - Guest Speakers/ Case Studies Peer Group Learning Assignment Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Day 1 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants -Business Planning Day 2 Successful Business Practice and Procedures and Learning the skills of management - Planning , Leading, Organizing and ControllingPlanning Developing an appropriate and tailored strategic Business Plan - action workshop Week 8 Day 3 Continuous Personal Commitment to Ongoing Improvement Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Visit Support agency (Assignment - SEAI, EI, CEB, LEADER) Day 1 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants -Business Planning Case Study and Peer Learning Day 2 Capitalizing your Idea What makes a good Business Plan - Production, Marketing, Costing and Pricing Week 9 Day 3 ICPP Mari (Half Day) Career Progression Action Plan (15-20 min slots) Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants -Business Planning Expert Input and Action Learning (E.g. Business Plan)
Day 1 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Review and Evaluation Day 2 Communication and Personal Presentation , Deportment and Physical Presentation Communication and Elevation Pitch - Week 10 Negotiating, Networking and Planning for Successful delivery of individual and group plans Day 3 Case Study and Expert Speaker (e.g. Gerry Duffy) Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring ParticipantsImplementation Day 1 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants Day 2 Dragons Den Pitch - Practice Run - Presentation of Results of Business Planning Stage Week 11 ICPP Mari (Half Day) Career Progression Action Plan (15-20 min slots) Day 3 Working on Individual and Group Ideas / Mentoring Participants - Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring Day 1 Team to support the delivery Week 12 Day 2 Presentation of Business Proposals Day 3 Working on Exit Strategy
Results to date• 93% Finished the programme with either a Business or a New Career• 83 % became or re-established themselves as entrepreneurs – Of this we have; • 47% started a new business • 33% have greatly strengthened existing business idea • 20% have viable projects needing further research• 17% secured full time jobs, resulting from coaching received from the team• 75% of those finishing did so with a different idea with which they startedSuccessful participants are now involved industries such as;• Customer service •Export• Import substitution •Technology• Technology •Green technologies •Tourism• Insulation •Health• Manufacturing •Childcare & Special Needs• Import substitution
Local Links• The Delivery team will link into and draw from local agencies that support entrepreneurs in each region, for example the Institutes of Technology, Donegal County Enterprise Board, Donegal County Council, DSP facilitators in each area amongst others.