Posts Tagged ‘Ignite’

Brian Crumplin, IGNITE Mentor shares his insights

May 23, 2012
Brian Crumplin

Brian Crumplin – IGNITE Mentor

Here, IGNITE Mentor, Brian Crumplin shares his insights into the programme:

Brian, External Nominee Director, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (ERBD), is an engineer and marketing graduate, with 53 years industry experience, including 19 years in multinational organisations and 21 years at CEO level.

As a mentor in Ireland, Brian has worked with more than 100 company projects, of which 53 were new company start-ups. The fastest growing Irish start-up company achieved an annual turnover of US$10 million within two years. Industries represented include professional services; engineering; metals manufacturing; IT; plastics moulding; automation machinery; software development and life sciences. 

He also mentored 12 corporations in Russia and Eastern Europe on behalf of the European Bank (EBRD), the largest of which employed 2,700.

What I teach the applicants:

I teach the applicants to know and understand their unique offering, be it a product, a skill or their specific knowledge. I also teach them to strategically structure the project and or company in relation to legal compliance; route to market; pricing; IP protection etc.

Once we’ve done that I can mentor them in building a business development plan (BDP).  Then in how to use the BDP as a management tool to control and motivate themselves and the business.

Another important aspect I’ll teach is understanding the importance of cash flow management and control.

Why I got involved in the IGNITE Programme:

SME business is the backbone of industry and the economy typically. SME’s employ over 70% of a workforce in western cultures. There were 667,000 new business start-ups in the USA in 2006-7, and they added 7 million employees to the workforce.
Ireland needs to generate more start-up businesses and Ignite can play a strong role in this by encouraging enthusiastic, young, well educated graduates to start their own business without the rigorous constraints and bureaucracy that is applied by the state support agencies.

How to get the best out of the IGNITE Programme:

Graduates must understand that the programme cannot help very much with their individual product offering, but can and will help turn their idea into a viable business.

For more information on the IGNITE Programme CLICK HERE

Bobby Kerr’s Top 10 Life and Business Tips

April 25, 2012
Bobby Kerr's Top 10 Life and Business Tips

Bobby Kerr's Top 10 Life and Business Tips

Bobby Kerr, fromDragon’s Denfame and successful businessman spoke at the ceremony that took place atMacroomE recently where he presented theGreenshootsgraduates with their certificates for completing the inaugural new business programme.

Bobby shared his business wisdom with the new graduates, mentors, trainers and invited guests and gave us all his Top 10 Life and Business Tips:

1.Avoid the begrudgers and those who have a negative cloud over their heads – all they will do is drag you down! Make sure you surround yourself with positive people.

2. Do something you enjoy doing & have fun doing it!

3. Put a priority on your health and your family

4. There is real value out there – negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

5. Be honest and do your work with integrity – never do anything that you will look back on with regret

6. Make sure you have a clear plan – set goals and targets for yourself

7. Be realistic, everything will take longer to work than you thought and will cost more – allow for this from the start!

8. Don’t be afraid to change or adapt your plan – life changes, so should you

9. Network as much as you can, make connections and learn from others

10. Make sure you “stay in the ring” – do what you need to do to survive, things will improve and you need to be one of the one standing when this happens

While there was no rocket science in what Bobby said it was great to hear such basic and practical advice delivered in such a no nonsense way from such a successful businessman.

Bobby endeared himself with the crowd with a simple story about his first visit to Macroom many moons ago –  he had told his dad that he was going to The Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom to listen to the poet Rory Gallagher.

Rory, I’m not sure if you were a poet, but you could definitely play guitar!!

If you are young graduate with a business idea you might consider applying for this year’s IGNITE Programme

Miriam Collins, Programme Manager

Calling all Budding Entrepreneurs – IGNITE Programme

April 25, 2012
UCC Ignite programme prize winners 2011

IGNITE Prize Winners 2011

IGNITE is currently recruiting for the next intake of participants starting in October 2012.

After an application process Ten successful applicants will be selected for the 2012 programme and graduates from all over the country are welcome to apply.

The closing date is 1st June 2012.

Further information about the programme is available from the IGNITE Website

Email:  or contact Miriam Collins, IGNITE Programme Manager on 021-4902823

Information Evening

An Information Evening and Wealth Creation Workshop will be held on  Wednesday, 2 May at 6pm in Boole 1 lecture theatre, UCC.

Come and meet successful entrepreneurs, past participants, mentors and IGNITE experts to discuss your own ideas.

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

To register your attendance please Email Miriam Collins: