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Enterprise Ireland – IDA – LeanStart (7 Days)

Course duration: 7 days.

The introductory grant-assisted Lean programme supported by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA


Product Description

Your LeanStart programme brochure

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“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what you see.” — Alexandra K. Trenfor

Course Overview

Enterprise Ireland’s Lean Business Offer is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean business principles in their organisation to increase performance and competitiveness.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across the globe to address competitiveness issues within their businesses by building the capability of their people to identify problems and improve operations.

The Lean business offer is not just for manufacturing companies. Software and internationally traded services companies can avail of funding under the Lean Offer to drive improvements and efficiencies in their business.

Who should attend?

LeanStart is open to small and medium companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients or potential clients who have been trading for at least 5 years engaged in manufacturing or eligible internationally traded services. Large companies are not eligible to apply.

“Looking across all 7 projects we worked on, we estimate an annual cost saving as a result of the lean project of approximately €26,718.” — Damian, Managing Director, EI LeanStart Client

What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The eligible costs are for external Training or Advisory Services provided by a suitable Lean Service provider.

Enterprise Ireland will provide grant funding for 80% of the project cost up to a maximum of €6,300 (€5,000 grant). This is based on 7 days Training or Advisory Services where the eligible costs are capped at €900 per day inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses. Note that actual costs to the company are based on market rates and may be higher.

Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.

What will I learn?

  • An introduction to Lean concepts
  • An understanding of what the tools and techniques can do for your company in a short, focused engagement
  • Lay a foundation for future Lean or productivity improvement projects
  • incorporate First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook


    • Mentor – Half Day
    • Meet management team – pick projects

Training – 1 Day

    • Lean Introduction
    • Your business as a process
    • TAKT time
    • A structure for Improvement

Mentor – Half day

    • Voice of the customer
    • 10 Wastes
    • Process Mapping

Training – 1 Day

    • 8-step Problem Solving

Mentor – Half Day

    • Updated Charter
    • Data collection & analysis
    • SIPOC
    • Process Map detail

Training – 1 Day

    • 5s Workplace organisation
    • Kanban and Pull systems
    • SMED or Critical window thinking
    • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Mentor – Half day

    • VSM review

Training – Half Day

    • Project Review
    • Kaizen
    • Quality
    • Standard Work

Mentor – Half day

    • Kanban
    • SMED
    • Kaizen
    • Mistake Proofing
    • Layout

Mentor – Half day

    • Presentation Preparation

Training – Half Day

  • Project Presentation


7 days over a 12-week period


LeanStart final report submitted to Enterprise Ireland or IDA for final grant allocation

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