Springboard+ Entrepreneur Programme

Programme Overview

AWARD Advanced Certificate in Management Practice (NFQ Level 6) |
AWARDING BODY Ulster University |
COURSE SCHEDULE Part-time, 1 day a week |
COST Free to eligible applicants |
START DATE Tuesday 18th September 2018 |
APPLICATION DEADLINE Tuesday 28th August 2018 |
CONTACT Nikki Browne | nbrowne@irishtimes.com | (01) 472 7101

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Starting your own business or returning to the workforce can be daunting. Relaunch your career with a Springboard+ course for free! More than 75 budding entrepreneurs & “Returners” have chosen our Entrepreneur Programme so far and we are now accepting applications for our fourth intake.

The aim of the Entrepreneur Programme (designed & delivered in partnership with Ulster University) is to give you the fundamental business skills needed to start & scale your own business. Including modules in Project Management, Marketing, Finance for Start-Ups and more, the programme will assist you as you develop from a seedling idea to a fully functioning business. If you are returning to the workforce after some time, the academic qualification you receive on successful completion will confirm your newly acquired skills to prospective employers.


The programme will take place one day a week over 18 weeks in classroom-based lectures in The Irish Times Building in Dublin City Centre. There are 10 module subjects as well as course work of three 1,500 word assignments (one of which will be a Business Plan).


  1. Presenting Your Best Self
  2. Personal Effectiveness
  3. Design Thinking
  4. Your eCommerce Proposition
  5. Managing the Marketing Funnel
  6. Driving Customer Traffic
  7. Project Management
  8. Finance for Start-Ups
  9. Sales & Negotiation
  10. Leadership Practice

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting the Springboard+ eligibility criteria, for admission consideration, applicants must also satisfy the University’s entry criteria (below) and be suitably prepared to achieve the aims and objectives of the Programme by being available to attend all lectures.

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 5 award and should have basic computer skills. Applicants without a Level 5 award will be considered on the basis of approved prior experience and learning (APEL). Depending on eligibility criteria, participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.

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