Free industry and business workshop a must for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs

By 12th April 2016 No Comments

TSSG and South East BIC team up for Driving Business Forward Workshop

TSSG and South East BIC have collaborated once again, this time for a free and unmissable half day workshop from 9.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at Kilkenny’s Lyrath Estate Hotel.

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Pic. Michael Maddock, CEO, South East BIC & Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG

The ‘Driving Business Forward’ workshop is hosted by the TSSG which is based at Waterford Institute of Technology, and South East BIC and targets entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and potential investors.

Experts addressing the free event will share pointers on pitching for investment with delegates and take them through the very latest virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Key business strategies and various funding supports available to assist with technical, business or start up challenges will be outlined by engaging and informative experts, while encouraging maximum participation from those attending. Delegates will also have an opportunity to network, mingle with and learn from successful entrepreneurs and IT experts on everything from business modelling to funding for start-ups.

TSSG CEO Barry Downes said: “We are delighted to be once again partnering with South East BIC and in a position to help outline the myriad of state and private sector supports, both in R&D and finance that individuals, start-ups and businesses can avail of to support and drive their business forward”

South East BIC’s CEO Michael Maddock  added: “Our aim is to add value to start ups and entrepreneurs across the South East and this event gives delegates a taste of the support we can offer them at South East BIC. Working again with TSSG lends a new dimension to our offering, by showing entrepreneurs the full range of both technical and business supports available to them locally”

The first session of the day will be facilitated by Paddy Byrne, Enterprise Ireland and Barry Downes, CEO at TSSG. They will give an overview of the Mobile Services Technology Gateway and Innovation Supports available from Enterprise Ireland and MSTG to support industry collaboration with 3rd level research providers.

Alternatively, delegates can choose to attend a business modelling workshop which will introduce participants to the Business Model Canvas.  This will be led by Rosemary Ward, South East BIC and Rory O’Connor, Founder and CEO Scurri (www.scurri.com)

A practical and interactive session on the art of pitching for investment will include insights from Patrick O’Callaghan, Co-founder of Treybro (www.treybro.com), an entrepreneur who has raised funding and from Aidan Shine of the Halo Business Angel Network  as well as  Niall Olden the Managing Partner  of Kernel Capital.  The session also includes an interactive ‘fireside chat’ style Q&A session which will give participants an insight into how best to approach pitching for investment.

There will also be a session on Virtual Reality and Augmented reality technologies and best practices with an overview by Ian Mills.  This will be followed by an inactive session with Dave Whelan, Founder of Immersive Virtual Reality Education where you can demo the new and award winning Apollo 11 VR experience.

The event closes with the announcement of the winner to represent the South-East Ireland region at the ICT-related  eDIGIREGION International Conference in Bucharest. The winner will receive intensive development and commercialisation support from a team of international experts, each a specialist in the commercialisation process (including market analysis, product development, business models, funding etc.)