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Free business mentoring programme led by PayPal leadership team pairs industry experts with startups and SMEs to help them reach their full potential
The Fintech Corridor (TFC) today launches the ‘FUSE’ mentoring programme, connecting startups and SMEs with the leadership team at PayPal’s Dundalk site. A free initiative, FUSE is designed to support promising businesses in the financial services industry and to help equip them with the tools they need to grow. Applications are now open to interested enterprises located in the area.
The mentoring programme, supported by InterTrade Ireland, will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between companies located across North East Ireland, focusing on the Dublin to Belfast (D2B) fintech corridor. Connecting UK and EU enterprises, the ‘FUSE’ programme will provide tailored mentoring support across key business areas, including; building a team, coaching and leadership, business innovation, investment opportunities, and marketing strategy, to participating startups and SMEs.
Commenting on the launch, Simon Bailie, Chairperson at The Fintech Corridor, said, “We are proud to launch our mentoring programme ‘FUSE’ in collaboration with the leadership team at PayPal in Dundalk and to continue supporting and developing innovation and collaboration across the fintech sector in Ireland. Through mentoring talented teams, we have a fantastic opportunity to share our unique experience and knowledge of the world of fintech with interested startups and SMEs across the island. FUSE will allow us to connect with future industry leaders and help them to reach their full potential.”
The team of experienced mentors at TFC brings over 80 years of combined experience, in addition to industry expertise from one of the world’s leading payment companies, to benefit startups and SMEs in the region. The inaugural edition of the ‘FUSE’ mentoring programme will last for twelve months. Mentees will meet with leaders over a six-week period in a programme tailored to their business needs.
Alan McEneaney of PayPal and Co-Chair of the Fintech Corridor Initiative said: “We have been part of the Dundalk community since we opened our doors here almost a decade ago. The leadership team based at PayPal’s site in Dundalk, County Louth has a wealth of skills that we believe can benefit local small businesses. The FUSE programme has been designed to pair our leaders with these small businesses, enabling meaningful conversation and skill sharing to help accelerate their growth.”
Interested companies can register their interest in the FUSE programme and indicate the skills focus they are looking for expert mentoring in the dedicated FUSE link on TFC’s website. Once companies have registered their interest they will be contacted by the TFC team.
As FUSE is targeted at helping startups and SMEs to help them reach their full potential, applications to the programme are open to companies with 50 employees or less.