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LYIT to host Startup Gathering Northwest - Donegal

The Startup Gathering is a week-long series of national events with the aim of providing a platform to support and celebrate entrepreneurs and business success

LYIT is delighted to support the Startup Gathering Northwest Event with the aim of providing a platform to support and celebrate entrepreneurs and business success.  In the North West region, a series of three events will be staged as part of the Startup Gathering – in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim.  The events are being supported by Ibec, LYIT, IT Sligo, New Frontiers, Skillsnet and Bank of Ireland.

Event 1 - Sligo
Monday, 5 October - Clarion Hotel, Canis Major

The Sligo event, which will run from 1.00 to 4.30 pm, is based on the concept of ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’.  Keynote speaker at the event will be serial entrepreneur Brody Sweeney.  Guests will also hear from three dynamic companies based in Sligo who are at the three distinct stages of business – start up, scaling up and succeeding.  These are:

  • Martha Kearns, co-founder of StoryLab (START)
  • Martin McGeough, founder of Firefly (SCALE)
  • George Mullan, founder of SIS Group (SUCCEED).

Each of the company founders will be sharing their wisdom, tips and insights on the challenges and opportunities for North West businesses in 2015.  Other guest speakers at the event will include Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of IT Sligo, and Terry McNamara, Regional Director of Ibec.  The event, which will also include a panel discussion and opportunity for questions from the audience, will be chaired by Ocean FM’s Daniel Browne.  Sligo invite link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/startup-gathering-nw-sligo-tickets-18572857918

Event 2 – Leitrim 
Wednesday, 7 October – Lough Rynn Castle

The Leitrim event, which will run from 1.00 to 4.30 pm, is based on the concept of ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’.  Keynote speaker at the event will be former IDA Managing Director Padraic White.  Guests will hear from three companies based in Leitrim who are at the three distinct stages of business – start up, scaling up and success.  These are:

  • Sinead O’Connell, co-founder of Carrig Brewing (START)
  • Philip Martin, founder and CEO of Cora Systems (SCALE)
  • Patrick Mulholland, owner of VistaMed (SUCCEED).

Each of the company founders will be sharing their wisdom, tips and insights on the challenges and opportunities for North West businesses in 2015.  Other guest speakers at the event will include Frank Curran, CEO of Leitrim County Council, and Declan Thomas of Ibec.  The event, which will also include a panel discussion and opportunity for questions from the audience, will be chaired by Ocean FM’s Daniel Browne.  Leitrim’s ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’ event will begin 1.00 pm with a light lunch and time for networking.  Click here to register for the Leitrim event: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/startup-gathering-nw-leitrim-tickets-18667906210

Event 3 – Donegal
Friday, 9 October – LYIT, Room 1452 Nursing Building

The Donegal event, which will run from 8.30 to 11.30 am, is based on the concept of ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’.  Keynote speaker at the event will be former RTÉ journalist, Irish Independent writer, and broadcaster, Kathy Donaghy.  Guests will hear from three companies based in Donegal who are at the three distinct stages of business – start up, scaling up and success.  These are:

  • Jenni Timony, owner of Maven Marketing (START)
  • Karl Bonner, Managing Director, Irish Fish Canners (SCALE)
  • Liam Curley, Site Director of Abbott Diabetes Care (SUCCEED).

Each of the company founders will be sharing their wisdom, tips and insights on the challenges and opportunities for North West businesses in 2015.  Other guest speakers at the event will include Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, and Declan Thomas of Ibec.  The event, which will also include a panel discussion and opportunity for questions from the audience, will be chaired by Ocean FM’s Daniel Browne.  Donegal’s ‘Start, Scale, Succeed’ event will begin at 8.30 am with a light breakfast and time for networking. Click here to register for the Donegal event: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/startup-gathering-nw-donegal-tickets-18667982438



Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:01:00 BST

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