Chocolate maker is cream of the crop!

The Grá Chocolates success story continues to spiral with the Galway chocolatier announced as the winner of the inaugural Irish Creative Business Cup – a global event held at the CREW (Creative Enterprise West) Creative Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Galway last week.

Five shortlisted companies were invited to the final to pitch their innovative Creative Industries Startups to an international jury of experts and investors.

After rigorous evaluation, the jury has declared Grá Chocolates – established and owned by Gráinne Mullins from Kilchreest, and based in Ballybrit Business Park in the city– as the winner of the Irish Creative Business Cup, positioning them to represent Ireland in the Global Finals in Copenhagen in June.

“Their work exemplifies the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit that define the Irish Creative Industries as drivers of innovation and growth,” said CREW CEO Niamh Costello.

Throughout the competition, finalists were linked with international mentors and advisors, offering guidance in refining business models, scaling operations, and navigating the global market.

This mentorship program played a pivotal role in fostering the growth and success of the participating startups.

Furthermore, the winner gains access to the prestigious global Creative Business Academy, offering unparalleled support for internationalising their business.

Membership provides resources, networking opportunities, and guidance to expand reach and impact on a global scale, solidifying their position as a leader in the creative industry.

Through these initiatives, CREW demonstrates its commitment to empowering creative entrepreneurs and fostering the growth of the creative industries in the West of Ireland and beyond.

The inaugural event was made possible through collaboration with the Western Development Commission, with support from the Local Enterprise Office Galway and Atlantic Technological University.

“Participating in the Creative Business Cup isn’t just about winning; it’s about harnessing the power of creativity to drive innovation and growth,” said CEO of WDC Allan Mulrooney.

“As Irish businesses compete on a global stage, they not only showcase our nation’s talent but also foster invaluable connections and insights from creative innovators worldwide.

“The opportunity to represent Ireland at the Global Finals is a testament to the vibrant creative landscape in our country and underscores the importance of collaboration and learning across borders.

“Through initiatives like the Creative Business Cup, we empower creative entrepreneurs to reach new heights and contribute to the cultural and economic prosperity of our nation and beyond,” he added.

Pictured: Gráinne Mullins of Grá Chocolates…winner of the inaugural Irish Creative Business Cup.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune:

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

More like this:

Sign Up To get Weekly Sports UPDATES

Go Up