The Crafting Business programme aims to enrich promising creative entrepreneurs with a business approach through dynamic, interactive and hands-on workshops with guidance from a variety of experts. The programme has been specially developed for makers who want to learn more about entrepreneurship and who could use some fresh input, develop their entrepreneurial toolkit and grow their network.
At the end of the programme, consisting of 8 workshops between Oct and Dec 2020, you will have developed key entrepreneurial skills, gained valuable knowledge to enable you to develop a concrete plan of action and you will have grown your network.
Crafting Business is part of the larger partnership Crafting Europe; this project brings together nine organizations from eight European countries that are committed to ensuring the survival and further development of the crafts for future generations.
To take part in the Crafting Business programme please, APPLY HERE
KEY DATES & PROGRAMME OUTLINE
APPLICATION CALL, SHORTLISTING & INTERVIEWS
28th August 2020: Call open for applications for Crafting Business programme
21st Sept 2020: Deadline for Applications (this is a competitive programme with limited capacity. A shortlisting process will take place)
5th & 6th October 2020: Interviews for Shortlisted Candidates (online)
7th October 2020: Outcomes shared with candidates.
All workshops will take place online, however we might meet in person should an opportunity arise where we do so safely and within Covid protocols.
15th Oct 2020 Workshop 1: Induction:
The team will kick off with an induction day – you will have an opportunity to meet the other participants, get to know each other and discuss what your needs and expectations of the programme.
29th Oct 2020 Workshop 2: Business Visioning & Modelling
The team will work with you on developing a vision for your business, the starting point of your company and the basis of the business plan. By means of the “Business Model Canvas ” you will develop a clear plan throughout the workshop series. With this approach, you quickly see the relationship between your business activities and your earnings model as well as having a clear value proposition that will help you communicate to your customers, understand the competition and therefore better strategise to enable sustainability and growth.
30th Oct 2020 Workshop 3: Finance
Learn about the world of finance; creating a healthy cash flow, financial management, costs, prices and obtaining (startup) financing and developing a financial strategy
12th Nov 2020 Workshop 4: Marketing, access to market, market research
Understanding your customers, your market, your competition is critical. Learn how to communicate your value to your customers and key stakeholders and leverage the best route to market for your products. Understand the strategic aspects of communication and PR that will enable you to best reach your customers.
13th Nov 2020 Workshop 5: Access to funding, grants & supports
Learn about the opportunities for public and private funding and support and what makes a great application and pitch.
26th Nov 2020 Workshop 6: Product Development
Who are you making your products for? How does the user relate to your product? Are you going for utility, to make a social contribution or for beauty? Look at your work from a different perspective.
27th Nov 2020 Workshop 7: Scaling Enterprise & Production Options
Learn about scaling, production possibilities, access to international events, grow your global network, reach a global audience and more
10th Dec 2020 Workshop 8: Demo Day & Reflection
Everyone will have an opportunity to present their updated business pitch to the group and receive feedback on their ideas. This is a further opportunity to learn from each other and get feedback.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Interviews will take place on 5th and 6th October 2020.
Note: You must have access to a device that enables you to use Zoom. You will need to have your camera on for the workshops and have a working microphone also.
For more information, you can look at the Crafting Business Ireland Application Guidance
For additional queries contact the team at Start@LIT.ie