Target Circular

Target Circular Project Overview

Target Circular is an Interreg Europe Northern Peripherals and Arctic (NPA) funded project. The aim of the project is to enhance the success rates of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that work in the sustainable space.  The project will be implemented by an excellent team of six partners from Ireland, Finland, Norway, and Iceland.   

In January 2024, the Ludgate Hub will pilot a new evidence-based training programme on strategic thinking and planning.  The Strategic Entrepreneur Programme is based on the latest scientific research on entrepreneurial decision making and business success.  The programme is open to all currently trading businesses but priority will be given to businesses working in the sustainable space.  

The Ludgate Hub is collaborating with our partners at Munster Technological University and our two Finnish partners at Centria University and Kosek to make the Strategic Entrepreneur Programme a success in the new year.

Watch this space, as later in 2024 the Ludgate Hub will have more opportunities for entrepreneurs and business service advisors to participate in our Learning Management System (LMS) and shared service pilots.



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Target Circular in person meeting - July 2023, Kokkola, Finland

Is your business at a crossroads or at a very early stage?

Are you considering making a major business decision?

Are you considering making your business more sustainable?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the Strategic Entrepreneur Programme may be for you.  This first running of the program is free to participants and fosters strategic thinking, assumption validation and decision-making skills using novel effective evidence-based tools recently proven to increase entrepreneurial success.

We are interested in applications from all currently trading businesses, in particular those with an interest in sustainability.

The programme will start on January 23rd, 2024.  It will consist of six sessions.

    • January 23rd in person in the Ludgate Hub. 11.00 – 15.00. 

    MTU Cork presents – Introduction, goal setting, and strategy development.

    • January 30th online 11.00 – 12.30. 

    MTU Cork presents: Validating key assumptions, research methods and research planning 

    • February 6th  online 11.00 – 12:30. 

    Circular Bioeconomy Cluster SW presents:  A circular economy training, research progression update

    • February 13th MIDTERM, no session 
    • February  20th online 11.00 – 12.30

    Bioeconomy Cluster SW presents:  A circular economy training, research update

    • February 27th online 11.00 – 12.30  

    MTU Cork presents:  research progress update, practice presentations 

    • March 6th,  In person at the Ludgate Hub. 10.00- 14.00

    Participant presentations and discussions with experts.


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