New Business Supports for GPA Members


New Business Supports for GPA Members

We are pleased to be partnering with Google Digital Garage and the Local Enterprise Office to provide new start up business supports to our members.

Google Digital Garage

The Google Digital Garage will provide free live webinar training in the coming weeks as part of our Business Development Supports. Google Digital Garage provides free online and live webinar digital skills training to individuals and businesses in Ireland to help people grow their digital skills, careers or businesses from home.

If you are Interested in developing a digital marketing strategy, getting your business visible online and started with SEO?

Join us for free training workshops from Google Digital Garage listed below:

To sign up for webinars contact or

Local Enterprise Office

The Sport to Start-Up initiative by the Local Enterprise Offices is an exciting opportunity for elite 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 to research and evaluate their idea and bring it right through to 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.

Participants will take part in the programme alongside elite athletes from rugby, soccer, inter-county GAA, Olympic and Paralympic sports. 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.

Each participant will be paired with a mentor specific to their business idea 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 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.

See here for more information:

If you are a GPA Member, and are interested or have any queries on these supports, please contact or

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