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GMIT Agricultural Entrepreneurship Springboard

Certificate in Business in Agricultural Entrepreneurship (Springboard)

Discipline: Business

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate

Places: 40



Why Study?

The Certificate in Business in Agricultural Entrepreneurship will give you a foundation in business and entrepreneurship in the context of the agricultural sector.

This FREE, ONLINE course is designed to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, while delivering the business fundamentals to enable participants to develop, and potentially launch, product and service ideas for the agricultural sector.

The focus of the course is on idea to launch of an agricultural business idea (product or service).

You may be interested in this course if you:

  • Have a business idea for the agricultural sector and wish to turn that into a reality but require an understanding in the business fundamentals (finance, marketing, management, etc.)
  • Have a small business in the agricultural sector but require an understanding in business fundamentals to progress and grow your business
  • Have already completed a third level qualification.

Programme Modules

1. The Agricultural Industry – 5 credits at level 6
The purpose of this module is to give a broad overview of the entire agricultural industry to broaden the discussion and likely areas for entrepreneurship within the industry.

Content covered will include industry size, growth, trends, developments, employment, industry growth sectors, emerging issues, population growth, customers, export markets, market segments, government and EU policies and support programmes, representative agencies and bodies, competitors, sustainability, rural development and so on. 

2. Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation – 10 credits at level 6
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

The content covered will include: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, the process of entrepreneurship, types of entrepreneurship, levels of entrepreneurship, government policy, an understanding of creativity and innovation and associated processes, idea generation techniques and so on.

3. Agri-Marketing & Marketing Research – 10 credits at level 6
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the fundamentals of marketing and market research.

Content covered will include: the importance of marketing, options and decisions in relation to product, price, place and promotion. Identification of the customer and markets. An understanding of segmentation, targeting and positioning. The importance of researching the market, primary and secondary research and basic data collection methods.

4. Accounting and Taxation – 5 credits at level 6
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the basics of accounting and taxation.

The content covered will be limited to what an entrepreneur would need. Particular attention is paid to accounting and taxation issues for the agricultural sector.

5. Business Management (Management, HR, Operations, IT, Law) – 10 credits at level 6
The purpose of this module is to cover the business content in relation to the main functional areas.

Content covered will include: Management – basic introduction to management theory, planning, management skills and so on. HR – human resource planning, recruitment and selection methods, employment law and so on. Operations. IT – introduction to IT, types of IT & IS, uses, IT as an opportunity and so on, Law – legal structures, legal and regulatory requirements.

6. Enterprise Project – 20 credits at level 6
The enterprise project is the culmination, and logical conclusion, of the preceding modules. Having been given a broad and detailed introduction to the agricultural industry (module 1), participants take the idea they developed (module 2 or at a later stage) and use the business content covered (modules 3-5) to complete a detailed business plan for their idea.

Content covered will include: the contents of a business plan, supervision/support in completing the business plan and the presentation of their business idea and plan. The job readiness component will be covered in this module.

Essential Information: 

This course is free to employed, self-employed and unemployed applicants.

You must apply on

The course is fully online and recorded.

Springboard+ is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Contact Us


Peter Butler

Graduate & Professional Development

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Dublin Road



Phone: 085 805 3691