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Taoiseach to address start-up business event

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Taoiseach to address start-up business event


Edwin McGreal

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD will be among the special guests who will address the ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’ event at GMIT Castlebar later this month.
It is an annual event hosted by the GMIT Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC) and is expected to attract hundreds of people on Monday, September 19, commencing at 5pm.
On the day two prominent entrepreneurs tell their ‘start-up’ story at the event, which will also provide information on funding sources and supports for start-up businesses.
Seán Gallagher, panelist on Dragon’s Den, and Ciarán Crean, co-founder of micksgarage.ie, will also address the gathering. It is the fifth year of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship event.
Previous speakers include Jerry Kennelly, Stockbyte and Tweak; Frank Salmon, CMS Peripherals; John Concannon, JFC Manufacturing; Tommy Griffith, PEL Recycling; Seán Rowland, Hibernia College; Leonard Moran, Ovagen and Biological Labs Ballina; and Jonathan Ruane, Eventovate. This year’s event will be sponsored by CMS Peripherals, Kiltimagh.
The entrepreneurship event begins with client companies in GMIT’s Innovation Centres showcasing their products and services. This will be followed by talks from the two guest entrepreneurs. Seán Gallagher will speak about what investors look for in a promoter and pitch while Ciarán Crean, entrepreneur and co-founder of micksgarage.ie, will talk about selling car parts on-line and e-commerce, and how his website business has grown.
Three companies from the GMIT Innovation Centres will also pitch their business ideas to the general public.
“We want to get people thinking about setting up their own business or developing their existing business further,” said Maria Staunton, Manager IiBC, GMIT Castlebar. “This event will outline the funding sources available, while successful entrepreneurs who have been through it all will tell their own stories. It will also give potential entrepreneurs a good understanding of what our Innovation Centre here offers. Our overall aim is to create more start-up companies in our region.”
Admission is free. Booking is advisable as places are limited. Register your attendance either by e-mail iibccastlebar@gmit.ie or telephone 094 9043198. The Spirit of Entrepreneurship event is sponsored by CMS Peripherals, Kiltimagh. E.Irl are also supporting the event.
This event is being held as part of Mayo Ideas Week, which runs from 19 to 23 September.