Sport to Start Up Programme - Payment Link January 2024

Online via Zoom
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Start Your Own Business

This event is no longer available


The Sport to Start-Up initiative by the Local Enterprise Offices is an opportunity for full-time sportspeople to engage in an online programme to help them build entrepreneurship skills and see how they can transfer their existing skillset into a potential new business.
Based on the Local Enterprise Offices Start Your Own Business programme, and run in partnership with Sport Ireland, it will help participants research and evaluate their idea and bring it right through to the business plan stage.

The programme is not just aimed at those who want to start their own business but will give participants a grounding in how a business is set up and should operate, which is beneficial for those that may look to invest or partner in a business in the future.

The programme requires the commitment of 3 hours per session once a week across 3 months and it is delivered exclusively online. There are breakout groups and online networking to enable participants to engage with each other on their business ideas and problems outside of the online sessions.


Participants will get invaluable help in validating their business ideas and will receive broad support around developing many of the critical elements required for a successful venture.  

The programme will begin on Thursday 18th January 6.30pm-9.30pm.


Each participant will be paired with a mentor specific to their business idea or development to enable them to work independently in their own time on their idea and receive expert advice as they move forward.

At the end of the Sport to Start-Up programme the participant will be at the business plan stage that they can implement and will be linked in with their Local Enterprise Office on the next steps to take with their business if they want to pursue it at that stage.


  • Starting / Getting Started / The Idea
  • Identifying, understanding and researching our target market
  • Tax, law, HR and insurance
  • Financial planning (pricing / costing)
  • Sources of funding
  • Promoting your business
  • Smart tools and tech for Start-ups
  • Sales and service
  • Networking
  • Basic bookkeeping
  • Developing your business plan