Great News! High Speed Enterprise Hub for the Athlone area

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High Speed Enterprise Hub

The realisation of a High Speed Enterprise Hub for Athlone was given a major boost forward last week with the procurement of a 17,000 sq foot premises in the Monksland area. This Digital Hub, aptly named ‘the HQ’, will provide state of the art hot-desk space, high speed internet, telephone, conferencing and meeting facilities to fledging start-up enterprises who normally would not qualify for aid through the more established state agencies.

Over the past two years, a local committee comprising of Athlone Community Task Force, Athlone Chamber and Opportunity in a Million (OiM) with the support of local businesses have been working on the project. Roscommon County Council has recently provided significant backing to enable acquisition of the premises and the next stage will involve a fit out of the facility with the aid of Enterprise Ireland and matching funds from the local business community.

OiM, a project commenced under Athlone Community Taskforce, has been supporting local businesses with Job Creation & Retention initiatives and over the past two years alone has directly contributed to the creation of 70 jobs in Athlone.

With a target opening date of June 2018 Athlone Chamber & OiM are currently working on securing the necessary matching funding that will support the fit-out stage of the project.

 

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Opportunity in a Million Grasped

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The success achieved by Opportunity in a Million (OiM), an innovative project established in late 2013 by the Athlone Community Taskforce, was highlighted by speakers Fergal Lynam ( OiM Chairman) and Jimmy Keane (Project Manager) at a recent public forum held in the Sheraton Hotel. A key feature of OiM is the availability of over fifty volunteer mentors who are willing to share their experience and expertise to help new business start-ups, thereby encouraging people to not only ‘make your own job’ but also to provide employment for others. The outcome, without government financial investment but relying on widespread goodwill and support from the business sector, committed individuals and the wider community has seen the creation of almost 100 new jobs in the Athlone area to date.The OiM approach is based on generating a spirit of self-help, as promoted by the Athlone Branch of Rotary when involved in setting up the Athlone Community Taskforce in the 1990s.

 

A recent joint application from OiM and the Athlone Chamber of Commerce and Industry has secured State funding for the establishment of a high-speed enterprise hub in the Athlone area, under the auspices of Enterprise Ireland. This facility is expected to lead to large and smaller scale innovative developments and business growth across the region. In his address, Mr Lynam appealed for maximum commitment and cooperation from all stakeholders to help ensure that such a landmark resource operates to full capacity and fulfils employment expectations. Current OiM activities include encouraging companies and organisations to share excess space capacity as part of an ‘adopt an entrepreneur’ scheme,  the provision of assistance with transition year student projects, and the making available of limited funding to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the short term.

 

In keeping with the theme of enterprise development, the keynote speaker at the event was Ray Coyle, founder of the highly successful Tayto Park in Ashbourne, County Meath. In an enlightening and wide-ranging presentation, Mr Coyle referred to the journey travelled en route to establishing his theme park which continues to attract ever-increasing visitor numbers. The vision of its founder has already seen the continuous introduction of numerous innovative features and attractions, resulting in a target of over 1.2 million Irish and overseas visitors for the coming year. Personal qualities such as optimism, dedication, patience, a determination to succeed, doing one’s homework and, above all, the identification of your ‘unique selling proposition’ are crucial ingredients for business success, according to Mr Coyle. On the basis of the success story which is Tayto Park, it would be difficult to argue with him!

 

Anyone wishing to get involved or seek support from OiM should contact oim@actathlone.ie

Opportunity in a Million New Enterprise Hub

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Opportunity in a Million is delighted to confirm their funding application to Enterprise Ireland which was done in Partnership with the Athlone Chamber of Commerce for the establishment of a ‘HQ’ 100Mb Super-speed new Enterprise Hub incubator centre was successful. This facility which will be based in Monksland will provide space with high-speed internet connectivity for start-ups, innovators; developing businesses; local entrepreneurs and flexi-workers, national and international companies and mobile professionals.
This project is the result of the feasibility study/research undertaken by the Athlone Chamber supported by the Roscommon local Authority and Roscommon LEADER Partnership in 2013 where the ‘HQ’ Super-Speed Enterprise Hub proposal emerged as a viable proposition – a smart technology incubator in Monksland, with ‘hands-on’ support aimed at fostering enterprise and jobs in new/growth sectors. The funding application was led by OiM Limited in conjunction with Athlone Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with local enterprise, the local authority, third level sector and key stakeholders.

OiM looks forward to working with the Athlone Chamber ,business community ,third level sector and key stakeholders in the delivery of this High Speed Enterprise Hub over the next year.

OiM Schools Project Update

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Feedback from Students, Teachers and Mentors on the student projects which were reviewed by OiM mentors in the Athlone Community College this week was very positive. In excess of 110 students presented their projects where the OiM mentors provided feedback on what our mentors said was a most rewarding exercise for all concerned.

One mentor commenting “with the talent evident over the past 3 days we need have no worry about the future as these kids were brilliant and I also learned a lot from this exercise “

Our thanks to the 10 OiM volunteers who participated in this project during the 3 days.

OiM Schools Project

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The plan for Opportunity in a Million Mentors to support Teachers in Second level Colleges will continue next week. Schools project Opportunity in a million would like to thank our 10 OiM mentors who will assist teachers and review and provide feedback to the 115 Transition year students who will present their project between Monday and Wednesday of next week.

 

 

 

OiM- 2015 Year In Review!

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OiM 2015 Year In Review!

OiM can look back on the initial 2 years of operation with great satisfaction. Since its launch by Minister Brian Hayes in November 2013, this project has gone from strength to strength.

88 potential enterprise clients sought /availed of support from our 54 volunteers to date.

The fact that Athlone Community Taskforce -OiM supported projects created in excess of 60 jobs is most rewarding! It is also significant that all funds have been provided through sponsorship, employer, employee donations and individual contributions.

OiM wish to thank all our donors and sponsors, without their help OiM could not continue.

We also thank our 54 volunteers, their assistance has been a major factor with these results.

We look forward to 2016, where with community support we can further develop this very innovative enterprise initiative.

If you are considering starting up a business or going self employed why not call us for free advice or if you wish to get involved as an OiM Volunteer please call us on 09064-94555.

Make Your Own Job Program- A Brief Update On Progress so far!

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ACT/OiM thanks donors, mentors and the community for their very generous support to our Make Your Own Job Program.

Statistics:

There are now 54 new jobs in Athlone directly from the Make your own Job program, while 37 of the 75 clients are in our Mentoring & Business Plan process with job possibilities. This has all been achieved without any public funds.

Contact:

Athlone youth unemployment is very serious and needs your support to bring about a positive change. Please encourage those with even the rawest job idea to contact us on 090 6494555 (Parnell Sq). We will work with them to put their ideas into action. We ask for your support to ensure continued success.

 

The OiM Team

Mayor’s Ball 2015- Thank You To All Involved!

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We would like to thank all those who supported our very successful Mayor’s Ball which took place in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Friday the 20th March. In particular we want to thank those who attended the event, provided sponsorship, and to all who gave or bought items for our auction at the Major’s Ball.

To the Sheraton Hotel & Tightrope for all of your support assisting with our annual funding to support enterprise in the Athlone area. To Makin Media Mobile and Clearvision whose work helped promote the event and the Athlone Business community on the night. To all who assisted in any way your support was deeply appreciated.

Mayor’s Ball 2015

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The Mayors Ball 2015 OiM will take place in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Friday the 20th March. Canapé and Sparkling Wine Reception from 7:30 pm. Music by Tightrope. The event is organised by Athlone Community Taskforce to promote the “Opportunity in a Million ” project, an initiative to create and retain jobs in Athlone.

Tickets for the Majors Ball 2015 OiM are €40 each .

Contact: Michael 0906494555, e-mail: manageract@eircom.net