Sometimes a project comes along that just brings you to another level, it’s heart and soul time and you put everything you have into it. You feel a true sense of obligaton to do it justice. We have an emotional connection with food in Leitrm since Noel McPartland of Drumshanbo Community Council became our second client in 2003. For the princely sum of £2,000 we wrote the business plan and at least a dozen funding applications that went on to attract €1.8million to realise The Food Hub in Drumshanbo (warning – our fees have increased a little since!). Move forward 14 years and we were completely chuffed to win the tender to write the very first Leitrim Food Strategy.
A project that has really captured our hearts is www.restart.how. Togehter with Irish partners Letterkenny Institute of Technology and EU colleagues in Spain, The Netherlands and Bulgaria we are putting second chance entrrepreneurship to the fore. Sheer grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit was on the menu at the Irish Restart Multiplier Event at CoLab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, on March 9th 2017.
The 50+ strong group of delegates heard from second chance entrepreneur Sandra Walsh of Canopi Sleeves, who, when recession hit, was forced to close her fashion boutique in an affluent Dublin suburb. Undeterred, Sandra spurred on by self-belief, determination and the support of her family, rejuvenated her career by designing an innovative product Canopi Sleeves which is now stocked in high end stores such as Harrods and Brown Thomas.
Commissioned as part of our YWOLI project, this video features one of County Roscommon’s most impressive entrepreneurs, Michelle Fallon of michellemadethis . We were delighted to have met and worked with Michelle on a number of occasions. She was one of the Roscommon Tourism “local voices” we approached and featured.
What we love about Michelle is her energy and passion. She loves what she does and that really comes across in her work!
Here Michelle discusses what success means to her, her priorities and some obstacles she has faced with and how she has overcome them. Our thanks to Michelle for her valuable contribution! Those wishing to find out more about Michelle, should visit her website or check out her Facebook page.
Video edited by Momentum. Lots more case studies from our European project partners are available on www.ywoli.eu
Athlone Chamber commissioned Momentum to complete a feasibility study into the establishment of a smart technology enterprise hub at Monksland, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. We came across some really cool and current best practice projects ..
We were really impressed by some really interesting UK hubs which include Funkbunk – a shelter for stray creative’s (note irreverent marketing!). Funkbunk offers ‘cool spaces, hot desks, and virtual offices’. They specifically state ‘our flexible coworking environment is ideal for roving freelancers, lonely home workers and small businesses looking for a cool new office address’.
Coworking – while incubation hubs are well known in Ireland, Momentum was really impressed with the concept of coworking. The concept of coworking is simple: professionals from different working areas, independent workers, nomad workers and entrepreneurs find themselves in the same physical space to work on their own projects. Importantly, their motivation is not solely to find an office, they wish to actively collaborate with others, to belong to a community of individuals who are open to exchange ideas, and eventually, who are ready to collaborate.
Some examples –
Workbar — Boston’s first coworking space wasset up in 2009 as an experiment. Workbar has now expanded, opened multiple locations and weaved its way into the fabric of Boston’s startup, independent business community Interestingly, they promote the project as a membership-based workplace open to people ‘serious about their work and hungry for the energetic hum of collaborative productivity’.
Talent Garden based in Milan, Italy is one of the leading coworking space network in the digital sector in Europe. ‘Talent Garden is a global network of digital innovators, a physical coworking space for digital ecosystem to meet, work, learn and collaborate, and runs a load of great events, advice sessions and more.’
What examples have you come across in Ireland that really impresses ? We have to say The Hive in Carrick on Shannon is one of the most impressed we have found on our travels! Join the conversation on our facebook page.