Springboard+ Entrepreneurs Programme

Start date: 8th October 2020 (expected start date)

Application deadline: 28th August 2020

Duration: 18 weeks

Study mode: Virtual learning

Cost: Free to eligible applicants

About the programme

The Springboard+ Entrepreneurs Programme leading to an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice in conjunction with Ulster University has been specifically designed for individuals at the very early stage of forming a business.

To date, over 200 budding entrepreneurs & “Returners” have chosen our programme!

Including modules in “The Future of Work”, “Resilience for Entrepreneurs”, “Refining Your Business Idea” & “Developing Your Online Presence”, the programme will assist budding entrepreneurs as you develop from a seedling idea to a fully functioning business, ensuring you have a well thought out and actionable business plan and are equipped with practical and usable skills to enable you to grow your business.

The programme will take place 2 mornings per week over 18 weeks. Classes will be held online and delivered live to ensure an interactive and engaging learning environment.

Course Content:

  • Presenting Your Best Self
  • Personal Effectiveness (accredited module)
  • Strategy – Refining Your Business Idea
  • Managing the Marketing Funnel
  • Selling Online – Developing Your Online Presence
  • Driving Customer Traffic
  • The Future of Work (accredited module)
  • Resilience for Entrepreneurs
  • Sales & Negotiation
  • Finance for Start-Ups
  • Management Project (accredited module)


Whilst the programme has been specifically designed for individuals at the very early stage of forming a business, it is available to both those already in employment and those who are out of work, whether in receipt of unemployment benefit or having been out of the workforce for some time, once they meet the university’s entry level requirements.


“Superb advice on starting and running your own business and professional development planning. It doesn’t matter where you are starting from, or what your background is, the entrepreneurial approach taken on this course will introduce you to a world of possibilities.”

“I feel now that I am better equipped and I have a “toolkit” to enable me to plan better and set my goals.” [Eimear Kelly – Darcy the Dingo]

“The assignments challenged me to interrogate my business idea, refine my thinking and to embrace the fact that this is a journey with lots of learning along the way!” [Margaret Clapham – Sales Growth]

“I really struggled with the isolation of working alone all the time and I found it difficult some days to motivate myself. Knowing that every Wednesday I would be going into the Irish Times Training offices to meet the same great group of people really motivated me and I found that I was hungry for information as each week passed.  The standard of training from the lecturers was really quite exceptional and I took a lot of motivation from that too.” [Anne Gallagher – The Beauty Kit]

About Springboard+

Springboard+ provides free higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work. Courses will also be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Springboard+ allows you to bring your career to the next level – learn new skills, enhance your existing skills, get the promotion or job you’ve always dreamed of.

Springboard+ is managed by The Higher Education Authority on behalf of The Department of Education and Skills. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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