Startup Q&A Business Clinic
The Startup Q&A Business Clinic is a confidential 90 minute one to one meeting where entrepreneurs and those thinking of setting up a new business in Ireland can get answers. Read my Q&A Business Clinic page to find out more (option to download a 2 page pdf outlining how the service works).
Business Plan Preparation
I have written business plans for companies in a diverse range of sectors to include: online retailing; fish processing; hospitality; software services; eLearning plus many many more. I can help you to write a business plan or I can write the plan by working closely with you. The plans will include full financial projections as required by banks, state agencies and investors. Several of my clients (see testimonials) have secured bank finance and grant funding on the strength of the plans that we have prepared.
See my Business Plan preparation service page for more details of how this service works for you and check out my blogposts on this topic.
Request for Proposal (RFQ) : Sales) and Tender Management
I assist small business clients to develop Tender Management strategies as appropriate elements of their Marketing and Business Development plans. I have experienced Tenders from both sides of the procurement divide. When I worked in the Enterprise Centre in LIT, I managed several high value tenders (to include building fit-out; security alarms; and business training). My business is significantly influenced by tenders and I have significant experience of assisting clients to win tenders. You might find this blogpost ‘Six Key Tips for Tendering‘ a useful starting point.
A feasibility study undertaken over several weeks to several months determines the viability of opportunities across four related areas: Technical, Commercial, Financial and Team. I mainly work with clients to supervise their feasibility studies – my strong view is that you need to undertake your own research to include talking to potential customers. I will work with you to provide guidance and direction and ensure that the feasibility is delivered on time.
However, I will also undertake feasibility studies if that is the strong preference of the client. In any event, I prefer to work with clients from the beginning – i.e. from the feasibility application stage if funding is being sought from an Enterprise Agency.
See my What is a Feasibility Study? for more details of how this service works for you.
Sales & Marketing Execution
I work with clients to execute projects in terms of Sales, Marketing, Business Model Generation, Market Research and Strategic business planning and implementation. Feel free to check out my Marketing Blogposts and download my One Page Marketing Plan template.
Third Level R&D Commercialisation
As a specialist in technology startups, I have worked with a select number of spin outs from Third Level R&D Commercialisation projects. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Mentoring : Enterprise Agency
I fundamentally believe that Mentoring is a fantastic resource to make available to small businesses to include Startup promoters.
I am a member of the Enterprise Ireland mentor panel and the mentor panel administered by LEO in Galway. I am a former member of the Enterprise Boards panels in Limerick City, Limerick County, Clare, North Tipperary and South Tipperary.
If you have business issues which you feel that a mentor may assist you with, please contact your local enterprise agency in the first instance. They will work with you to select a mentor with the requisite skills to address your requirements.
Free Business Mentoring in Galway
In January 2013, I joined the SCCUL Mentor Panel – a panel of mentors who are willing to offer pro-bono mentoring to small business owners & start ups/ emerging businesses in Galway City & County on a short term basis- three one hour meetings. Branded since 2016 as BizMentors, the network provides pro-bono access to business expertise and wisdom to people in small businesses (existing or start-up) who may otherwise have difficulty in accessing such expertise. To apply for mentoring contact BizMentors.ie directly (located in the SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, County Galway).