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Last Updated: March, 2017
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
Business owner of new enterprise/company who typically directs all business actions for the enterprise.
Brian is an Entrepreneur who setup his own business from ideas he encountered as a PHD student in UCD. After completing a general Science degree in UCD, he chose to pursue a PHD within the Chemistry dept, with aspirations for a career in the Pharma Chemical sector. His company, Celtic Catalysts, currently employs 17 staff and provides the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical industries with pioneering chemistry for asymmetric synthesis.
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Risk-taker, adaptable; ability to come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things; good judgement; decisive; ambitious and self confident. A desire to work for yourself, make your own decisions, to feel secure and in control, and to be your own boss with the freedom and flexibility that comes with the role.
Entrepreneurs need good time-management, leadership, and decision-making skills. Communication with a diverse range of people, including staff, clients, customers, investors, suppliers etc, requires good communication skills and an ability be comfortable meeting people, networking, and forming relationships.
There are no educational requirements for entrepreneurs, in fact many successful entrepreneurs have no educational qualifications whatsoever.
Some entrepreneurs may hold a Bachelor or Master's Degree in Business, or in a field related to their enterprise interest e.g a fashion retailer may have a degree in fashion design.
Entrepreneurs often gain training and experience in their chosen enterprise area through apprenticeship, internship, and/or on-the-job training at other companies.
Last Updated: June, 2014
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|Address:||The Plaza, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3|
|Tel:||(01) 727 2000|
|Organisation:||Local Enterprise Office|
|Address:||C/O Enterprise Ireland|
|Tel:||(01) 727 2000|
|Organisation:||Chambers of Commerce|
|Address:||3rd Floor, Newmount House, Lower Mount Street Dublin 2|
|Tel:||(01) 400 4300|
|Organisation:||Junior Achievement Ireland|
|Address:||8 Longford Place Monkstown Co.Dublin|
|Tel:||(01) 236 6644|
|Organisation:||Young Entrepreneur Programme|
|Address:||Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd. Bank House, Lower Bridge Street, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland|
|Tel:||(066) 979 1437|
|Organisation:||DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship|
|Address:||3013 Lakedrive Citywest Business Campus Dublin 24|
|Tel:||(01) 700 6786|
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|Tel:||028 3751 5229|