March 23, 2009

Free facilities for Mini Startups

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Provide a place where the unemployed can make use of desks, IT equipment, phones consultants, tutorials and mentors.

If someone wants to avail of the free facilities they submit a business plan, if they are accepted, they must sit down with their mentor each week to discuss direction. Their startup company will remain property of the department of social welfare for now.

Other people that don\’t have a plan, but would like to keep active, can be hired by the startups and receive a social welfare payment which is higher than an unemployed person who chooses to do nothing. The founder of the startup receives an even higher social welfare payment.

The startup can eventually choose to start paying staff (including themselves) directly instead of relying on social welfare payments.

When a startup is paying for all its staff without help and is profitable it is allowed to go private. The entrepreneur then receives a bulk payment to help them move out into the big bad world.

Signing on for unemployment benefit should be done in this building too, it should be twice a day, 5 days a week except for public holidays and 20 other days that are chosen by the person who is signing on.


  1. Garry

    I like the spirit behind the idea but have some suggestions to think about.

    1) Why bother with the business plan/approval process?
    2) Why give extra money
    3) There might be a few mentors who have become unemployed plus a few others who could give services for free or investors looking for opportunities.
    4) By not paying people extra it regulates itself in that people wont consiously set something up for more welfare … they will do it to try to create something

    I assume the goal is to let motivated people who are unemployed try to start something… Give them a desk and let them at it… and help to put people in touch with others who are in the same boat and potential investors… Let them take the risk and figure out how to let them take the reward if they succeed

    But keep costs down …..

    There is the issue that a startup like this can compete with existing/tax paying businesses but Im sure that can be sorted out….the same issue will also be there if nothing is done as enterprising people on the dole will reignite the black economy

    good idea!

  2. DarraghD

    You think I’d start a business and for an office and a desk, sign over my business to the Dept. of Social Welfare!?!?!?!?!

    A good idea with regard to support mechanisms but to be honest, entrepreneurs will find a way to do it, with or without the support of the Dept. of Social Wefare. And as for state ownership of your business, you may forget that for a start. People who start businesses, they don’t need the state of take them by the hand and breastfeed them, they simply get it done.

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