Local Business

Calling All Local Irish Food Start-Ups

Thursday, August 23, 2018
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A new ‘Digital School of Food’ was launched this week, aimed at attracting a new stream of food start-ups and helping them succeed. An initiative of the Dublin Food Chain and the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region, the online programme is the first of its kind in Europe, giving food entrepreneurs access to expert advice from their own home or office.

The new Digital School of Food is an e-learning initiative that targets food producers from idea through start-up and growth stages. It consists of an online platform that will help new and innovative food businesses to start-up and succeed.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and the Dublin Institute of Technology, the idea for the project came as a result of the strong interest among food entrepreneurs to learn about succeeding in business from key industry experts.

Announcing the launch of the new platform, the Head of LEO DLR, Owen Laverty, highlighted the importance of cultivating the food sector, saying:

This online platform has been produced to support food companies to develop and grow, it contains  solid actionable advice from some of the leading practitioners in Ireland into a e-learning platform where small food businesses can learn the ropes at their own pace and in their own work environment. It is part of our commitment to the food sector in supporting their development and growth.


The Digital School of Food gives entrepreneurs access to sound commercial guidance and mentoring to help them get their products onto shelves, and also gives emerging food entrepreneurs and those who want to begin their food production journey, practical support to bring their idea or product to life. The model is based on an e-learning platform which contains tips, advice and information from existing producers, all related to succeeding in the food sector.

The programme is available to food businesses in the Dublin region initially, following which, it will be rolled out nationally. It will be made available free of charge to qualifying businesses that register online here