About Us

Food Works is an accelerator programme for globally scalable innovative Food and Drink Starts up. The aim of the programme is to get the companies' investment ready.

The Food Works programme is a collaborative initiative run by three state agencies. The programme is designed to feed ambition and drive innovation in the Irish food and drink sector. It is suitable for companies whose food and drink products will appear in grocery retail and food service channels. It is also aimed at Food Technology companies with innovative solutions in areas such as longer-lasting food and flavour enhancement.

Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc have been supporting the rapid scaling and growth of innovative Irish food and drink start-ups through Food Works since 2012. Food Works combines the resources and expertise of each agency. This unique opportunity provides Irish food and drink start-ups with the comprehensive support they need to grow their business.

Food Works uniquely delivers tri-agency support for your business


Meet the agencies

  • Bord Bia


    Bord Bia works to ensure that the superb quality of Irish food and drink is recognised on a global stage. On Food Works, Bord Bia provides strategic insight and support that drives understanding of consumers, competitors, trends and opportunities in both domestic and international markets. Clients participate in workshops including marketing strategy and digital marketing. There are also opportunities to develop new packaging artwork and conduct bespoke consumer research, including the testing of new concepts on specific target markets.

  • Enterprise Ireland


    Enterprise Ireland works with entrepreneurs to start and grow their business internationally. It recognises start-ups as powerful drivers of economic growth, new talent and innovation. Enterprise Ireland provides invaluable support to Food High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs) through the Food Works programme, working collaboratively with participating companies to develop a robust funding strategy to drive growth and supports them to prepare an investor ready business plan. Enterprise Ireland offers the company to apply for an enhanced feasibility study grant up to €35k grant while on the programme.

  • Teagasc


    Teagasc’s unique contribution to Food Works is to support companies from a technical perspective, assisting them in the development of high-quality, sustainable products, processes and packaging solutions. State of the art research and development centres in Ashtown and Moorepark provide companies with access to leading facilities, equipment and expertise.