Its been a busy few weeks since our last Newsletter landed in your inbox with lots happening across the community, while within CEAI we step up the pace on several projects.
We are busy gearing up for the national roll-out of the QHubs Programme in the coming weeks and we have presented the detail of the Programme to a range of stakeholder groups in the meantime.
We are also nearing completion of the Competency Framework for the National Hub Network which we have worked on with a team of experts in the areas of HR practice, people management and organisational psychology.
Consultations continue around the country on the forthcoming National Hub Strategy and we look forward to our involvement in the next steps representing community enterprise centres and enterprise hubs on the National Hub Strategy Advisory Group.
And finally to remind you again that CEAI is delighted to share news from across the community so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to feature any updates here
The Art of Storytelling
14th June 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-art-of-story-telling-tickets-651586551917
This month our LearnLabs Session will focus on the art of storytelling in the context of Place based Innovation and Placemaking. A growing number of placemaking practitioners are interested in using storytelling to strengthen neighbourhood and community connections to a shared culture and build a coherent sense of place making as well as exploring storytelling as being a key marketing method to authentically convey the value and a sense of place.
In order to maximise the potential and economic impact of centre and hubs in their regions and beyond, it is critical to connect with target audiences nationally and internationally.
We will explore very innovative ways in which centres and hubs can connect with their communities at home and internationally – examining emerging technologies that can authentically create a sense of placemaking and place-based innovation; conveying the unique value of the centre or hub and their locations across Ireland, to their wider national and international audiences including their diaspora.
Ms Marie Toft – MC and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Marie is passionate about communications and content and as an executive TV producer for RTE and BBC, she has produced engaging content which has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Marie will address the art of storytelling related to placemaking and place-based innovation, using her Emotionise concept and the use of AI in placemaking, emotionally connecting people to places. Her flagship projects include IFTA nominated Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way as well as Today with Maura and Daithi, The George Lee Show. She has developed place-based content on behalf of Failte Ireland and local authorities to showcase Ireland and Irish locations internationally. Marie is now the CEO and Co-Founder of Emotionise. She has now taken her Emotionise process and put the Emotional intelligence into AI. Emotionise AI inspires trust, connection and greater productivity by empowering users to always communicate with emotional intelligence. Marie holds a BA in English and History from UCC as well as an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University.
Aaron Jay – Keynote Speaker
Emagine is a multi-disciplinary design and creative technology company committed to producing outstanding creative work that meets the specific needs of clients, giving them tangible value for their investment. They are recognised in being experts in digital placemaking using immersive learning experiences, linked to emotions and experience, communicating through digital creative storytelling.
Aaron has 20 +years of passion and success across the cultural sector, tourism and nature-based solutions through the power of digital and creative media, curating flourishing places and concepts and experiences through digital technology including AR, VR and MR. Aaron will speak about emotionising Place Based Digital Storytelling through technology, people through immersive technology. Emagine has recently returned from Savannah in USA, from a Tradebridge mission led by Wexford Enterprise Centre CEO Brendan Ennis – leveraging the power of diaspora through connections.
This highly interactive LearnLabs Session will also feature a guest panel of experienced practitioners from across the Community.
Irelands first National Summit on Remote Work
June 8th – 9th | Portlaoise
Hosted by Grow Remote and featuring an extensive line-up of speakers and panellists, the Summit will bring together the remote working community, leaders in government, business innovators, and employers to explore the future of and how to succeed in attracting remote employees.
Grow Remote has offered a 50% discount to members of the CEAI Community.
Get in touch with [email protected] to secure your code now.
Full Summit details can be found here.
Boyne Valley Food Hub
Congratulations to Meath Enterprise on the official launch of the Boyne Valley Food Hub on Friday 19th May last by the Minister of State at the Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Neale Richmond, TD.
The new Food Hub is a flagship food development project and is one of the central projects which will make up the Boyne Valley Food Innovation District. It is located in at the Meath Enterprise Centre in Navan.
Meath Enterprise is also in the early stages of developing a new 28,000sq ft Digital Innovation & Smart Agri Hub at the Meath Enterprise Centre in Navan which will support the development and expansion of Irish food-tech and ag-tech start-ups and SMEs.
Read more from Meath Enterprise and Enterprise Ireland here.
Pictured (L-R) at the launch of the Boyle Valley Food Hub are Conor Cogan, Project Manager @ Meath Enterprise, Cllr Mike Bray @ Meath County Council, Gary O Meara CEO @ Meath Enterprise, Neale Richmond, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Carol Gibbons, Head of Regions and Local Enterprise @ Enterprise Ireland, Jackie Maguire, CEO @Meath County Council.
Building a vision for Innovative Creative Technology Companies in The West of Ireland
The state-of-the-art CREW Creative Enterprise Hub is the first hub in the West Region focused on the development of start-up and early-stage companies in the Creative Industries. The CREW Hub will provide shared and own-door enterprise space, collaboration areas and event space. The Hub will be home to 150 Creative Technology and Creative Digital entrepreneurs in areas such as game development, animation, immersive technology, content creation and digital design.
The CREW Creative Enterprise Hub will serve as a regional centre for the Creative Industries, delivering programmes and masterclasses in entrepreneurship to founders from the West Region. The hub will also provide meetup spaces and innovation areas for the Creative Industries welcoming industry experts, hosting meetups and networking events.
Comhoibriú CLG (T/a CREW) is an initiative of Atlantic Technological University Galway City (Wellpark Road), The Western Development Commission and Ardán and has been significantly funded through the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment under Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), the Western Development Commission through the Western Investment Fund and the provision of the CREW site from ATU. The CREW Creative Enterprise Hub is due to open in late 2023 and is also supported by SIRO / Vodafone, TG4 and Údarás na Gaeltachta with further partners to be announced.
The CREW Creative Enterprise Hub is scheduled to open in late 2023.
For more information see https://crewdigital.ie/
Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with Niamh Costello, CEO CREW at the brick laying ceremony to mark the construction phase of the CREW Creative Enterprise Hub Galway
Emer McGrath is the newly appointed Shared Kitchen Community Development Manager at SPADE Enterprise Centre, Dublin 7
I have been obsessed with food and cooking from a young age, which led me to build a career based around all things food! My roles have included Fresh Food Operations Manager, speciality food retail, sourcing, procurement, catering and kitchen management. I have worked with a variety of food businesses to review and develop particular aspects of their company. I have a particular love of working with Irish producers and suppliers so working with new food producers in SPADE is a dream job for me!
Philip Smith is the newly appointed Shared Kitchen Operations Manager at SPADE Enterprise Centre, Dublin 7
Director of award-winning artisan food business, Shoot and Roots, from 2015 – 2022. Operated across retail, wholesale, events and direct to consumer. Previously Chef and Kitchen Manager in The Happy Pear and Chef in Cornucopia. Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from DkIT and initially spent 5 years working in Health Insurance.
CEAI is the National Representative Association for Community Enterprise Centres and Enterprise Hubs across the National Hub Network.
The Association represents the interest of the 250+ Enterprise Ireland funded community enterprise centres, enterprise hubs and enterprise projects – to government, to funding agencies, to the National Hub Network and to the wider stakeholders community.
In Addition, CEAI provides representation, supports, training and mentoring, learning, independent advice and guidance, thought leadership and best in class insights on an individual basis to centre and hub boards, management and key personnel.
CEAI is supported through a variety of funds including
- The 2019 Regional Enterprise Development Fund
- The 2021 Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme Fund
- The 2022 Regional Enterprise Innovation Scoping Scheme Fund
- The 2022 Wheel Training Links Fund
- The 2021 ARISE Programme Fund
- The Erasmus Plus Programme Fund 2021 – 2027.
CEAI IS A NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION and we are grateful to our Funders who continue to support our growth and ambition, including the organisations below.
We would also like to thank the members of our community whose annual contributions allow NACEC CLG to meet the match funding requirements of many grant providers which the Association benefits from.
The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres NACEC CLG
Registered Company No: 644493
The Community Enterprise Association Ireland CEAI
Unit 18, Meath Enterprise Centre
Co Meath C15TKX6