The Shield Programme -Systems for Handling Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Local Development
This programme is aimed at individuals who want to set up their own innovative enterprise. However, this is not just “another start up programme”. Individuals don’t need any pre-existing ideas in order to gain admittance to the Shield course. The reason is that the first part of the course is devoted to helping people generate innovative new ideas that builds on their skills and experience. Thus the course is not a pre start course it is better termed a pre-pre start course.
Additionally this course does not compete or duplicate what existing business support agencies do. The latter are particularly concerned with business plan and soft skill development for entrepreneurs. Shield does not impinge on these areas.