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‘Mature’ Limerick entrepreneurs graduates from ISAX Ingenuity programme

Pictured at the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX)  ISAX Ingenuity programme graduation programme is; Anne Connolly, Chief Executive ISAX, Antoinette Golden, Head of Seniors Banking, Bank of Ireland and Limerick participant Declan Walsh, creator of the climate control demonstration box.

The ISAX Ingenuity programme, supported by Bank of Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices and targeted mature entrepreneurs aged 50 plus. The 46 participants put their lifetime experience, talents and wisdom to good use during the 8 week, 16 module course and are now well equipped to start their own businesses.

The next 25 years will see the number of people aged over 65 years increase to between 1.3 and 1.4 million compared with 460,000 in 2006. Self-employment and entrepreneurship offers many potential benefits for individuals and the economy in general.

Anne Connolly, Chief Executive, ISAX said: “The programme has been a resounding success and participants have been buoyed by the support and confidence they have gained throughout the 8 weeks. Given that there is a growing population of healthy mature people with the skills and financial resources available to contribute to economic activity, it’s time for them to feel supported as they embark on an exciting future. We look forward to keeping an eye on what our 46 participants do next as they make the next step in their careers.” 



Antoinette Golden, Head of Seniors Banking Bank of Ireland, Bank of Ireland said:  “As the number one bank for business in Ireland, we are delighted to support this initiative which encourages mature entrepreneurs to start their own business. We have an extensive enterprise programme of activity in place to support a business throughout its life cycle, much of which will be equally relevant in providing support to the mature entrepreneur.”  

ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) is an independent network of businesses, academic institutions and government agencies developing and launching products targeted at the Global Smart Ageing Economy.

Find out more about ISAX here.

Check out Bank of Ireland here.

Check out Local Enterprises Offices here.



Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.