New Food and Agri Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Programme

Pictured at the announcement of the funding were, (l-r) Gary Ryan, Director, AgTechUCD; Professor Nick Holden, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and Academic Director, FAST-IP; Dr Siobhán Jordan, Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Teagasc and Marina Donohoe, Head of Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland. (Pic: Paul Sharp, Sharppix)

Applications are now open for a new food and agriculture innovation and entrepreneurship training programme, commencing this September, to be delivered by UCD, in partnership with Teagasc.

There are only 15 places available on the 12-month, in-person Food and Agriculture Sustainable Technology Innovation Programme (FAST-IP), which is aimed at mid-career professionals and participants will be provided with a €38,000 tax-free scholarship during the programme.

The goal of FAST-IP is to further enhance innovation in the food and agricultural sector by providing programme participants with the necessary skills to evaluate, select and validate ideas for new products and services and to accelerate the commercialisation pathway.

Set to be delivered by the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, in partnership with Teagasc, at the newly opened AgTechUCD Innovation Centre at UCD Lyons Farm in Co. Kildare, the programme, running until the end of 2029, forms part of Enterprise Ireland’s Innovators’ Initiative which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

For further information and to apply for the programme visit