Maria Betts, of Maria Lucia Bakes, who has worked closely with LEO DLR in the development of her award-winning gluten wheat and dairy-free cereals

THERE’S great news for Irish food start-up companies, as a new online course has been launched in Dublin aimed at helping newbies succeed.
The online programme – Digital School of Food (an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region, and supported by Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and the Dublin Institute of Technology) – is the first of its kind in Europe.
Announcing the launch of the new platform, the Head of LEO dlr, Owen Laverty, said: “This online platform has been produced to support food companies to develop and grow.
“It contains solid actionable advice from some of the leading practitioners in Ireland, [placed] into an e-learning platform.”
The Digital School of Food gives entrepreneurs access to sound commercial guidance and mentoring to help them get their products onto shelves.
The model contains tips, advice and information from existing producers, all related to succeeding in the food sector.
The programme is available to food businesses in the Dublin region initially, and then will be rolled-out nationally.
It will be made available free of charge to qualifying businesses that register online at www.digitalschooloffood.ie.