The Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society Ltd. (Clonmel Show) and Tipperary County Council have again joined forces to provide an Agri Business / Agri-Tech Enterprise Development Funding Scheme called Síolta. This is a valuable incentive offered to aspiring individuals or groups to help them further develop and bring to the market new products, ideas or services, which should then benefit the agriculture sector.
The Clonmel Show celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. Since the inaugural show in 1865, it has been showcasing the best of agricultural life and commerce in Tipperary. In keeping with this proud tradition and acknowledging that our national food exports exceeded the €11 billion mark in 2016, Clonmel Show and Tipperary County Council have agreed to jointly fund this innovative start-up scheme. The funding award scheme is branded as Síolta, the Irish for seeds, which captures the essence of this initiative in terms of the starting point for new growth and development in the Farm / Agri sector. The total value of the award is €17,500. The winning proposal will receive €12,500 with an additional award of €5,000 for the best Tipperary based entry.
Síolta is an important incentive offered to new and aspiring individuals or groups with a new product, idea or service in the agriculture and food sector. It is really about helping someone with a good idea to get their product idea / proposal to test market and ultimately create jobs and employment in Tipperary. All entrants should gain valuable experience from pitching their idea to the judging panel and becoming familiar with the range of supports available from the Local Enterprise Office, South Tipperary Development Company (LEADER) and other state agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc and Bord Bia.
Who should apply?
Application to Síolta is open to anyone with a food or agricultural related product, idea or service, seeking to fully research their idea and bring it to a developed and marketable position. Síolta is intended to help the successful recipient complete the technical, marketing and commercial aspects of a new product proposition. Possible examples include an agri-engineering part, product or service; a new food product (see example of 2014 award winner below); new information/ recording system for farm inputs / outputs; a product / service utilising social media for communication among farming groups, the development of a portal for the trading of agricultural inputs. The focus of this initiative is on the concept and innovative aspects of the product / service together with its marketability.
Previous award winners
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