As part of Start Up Gathering held across Ireland from Oct 5 – 9, TSSG & South East Bic co-hosted a very successful seminar on Tuesday October 6that the Tower Hotel, Waterford. More than 120 start ups, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, SMEs, funders and investors attended the event.
The seminar brought together key agencies and private sector funders aswell as R&D providers from TSSG and WIT. Between the presentations and the exhibitor stands, the event helped demystify the myriad of state and private sector supports, both in R & D and finance that individuals and small businesses can avail of to support and drive their business forward.
Speakers included Enterprise Ireland, Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Strategic Banking Corporation, InterTrade Ireland and South East BIC. Two Startup companies, both supported by TSSG and South East BIC made excellent and informative presentations. Sandra Whelan, Director of Immersive VR Education and, Kevin Mullarkey, CFO of e-drive outlined their innovation and detailed the support they have received to date. Both shared valuable insights and advice with the audience on the critical aspects of raising early stage investment and support.
Keynote speaker was Barry Downes, CEO of TSSG and the founder of FeedHenry Ltd, a spin out company of TSSG. In his keynote speech Barry focussed on the amount of hard work and dedication that it takes to become a successful spin out. He outlined the supports that TSSG provides to start-ups and highlighted the opportunities for start-ups to leverage the supports of Enterprise Ireland, South East BIC, the LEOs and Angel networks such as Halo. Barry commented “TSSG, located in Waterford, is a recognised world class leader in research, innovation, commercialisation and supporting the start-up community. It is open and indeed welcomes any entrepreneur who wishes to pursue an idea or concept in such technologies as mobile platforms & services, security privacy & identity, data analytics & social computing.”
The Panel discussion was lively, insightful and very informative. Hosted by Nichola Beresford, she challenged the participants, Niall Olden from Kernel Capital, John Phelan from HBAN, Aidan Shine from South East BIC and Donnchadh Cullinan from Enterprise Ireland, with excellent and probing questions from the floor.
Commenting on the success of the event, Michael Maddock, CEO South East BIC said he was “delighted with the event and in particular the partnership of TSSG and South East BIC. The broad range of speakers and presentations coupled with real live examples of early stage companies was inspirational for any would-be entrepreneur. Given the success and feedback of ‘Driving Business Forward’ he looked forward to the staging another joint event with TSSG in 2016 that will focus on a suitable topic for the early stage startup or innovative SME”