The Food Works programme runs annually over 10 months from March to December.

It includes workshops with national and international industry experts across various disciplines such as strategy, finance, product development, marketing and other areas.

Start-ups also receive customised support from business advisers, facilitated peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities across the industry – at home and abroad.

Start-ups taking part in the programme will be supported to get investor-ready with a comprehensive business plan focused on them scaling internationally. Participants will also be eligible to apply for feasibility grant funding of up to €35,000 through Enterprise Ireland.

Past participants of the programme include the Beekon Batches, honey-infused alcoholic drinks; Lismore Food Company, food and drinks grocers; Wicklow Wolf, craft beers; and Nobó ice cream.

Owen Madden, Beth-Ann Smith and Ken Madden of the Lismore Food Company.

“Food Works has been feeding ambition and innovation among Ireland’s food and drink entrepreneurs for almost 10 years, with proven success in supporting Irish start-ups to succeed.

“The programme aims to support and assist rising stars to achieve their ambitions in domestic and international markets, all the time working toward enhancing the global positioning of Ireland’s food and drink sector,” says CEO of Bord Bia Tara McCarthy.

“Irish food products are enjoying a growing reputation internationally coupled with strong demand. Last year, despite significant disruption to normal market operation, Irish food, drink and horticulture exports were valued at over €13bn,” she adds.

The Food Works programme is a collaborative initiative between three State agencies – Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.

Bord Bia provides strategic insight and support, assisting participating companies’ in their understanding of consumers, competitors, trends, opportunities and both domestic and international markets.

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in global markets. Its Food Division focuses on supporting high potential food and drink companies on developing their export sales.

Meanwhile, Teagasc provides integrated research, technical advice, and training services. Its state-of-the-art food centres in Dublin and Cork provide participants with access to facilities, equipment, and specialist expertise.

The closing date for applications for the 2022 programme is 3 December 2021. Full details and an application form are available at