BizPlus.ie: Cork the Mecca for Startups this Week

capture3The international Startup Nations Summit will be one of the flagship events for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, which takes place in Cork for the duration of this week.

Taking place for the first time in Europe on November 19, the Startup Nations Summit is an annual gathering of an invitation-only network of policy influencers from around the world. Their goal is to identify policies and public-sector-driven programmes to encourage entrepreneurship.

Co-hosted by Cork innovates and Startup Ireland, a range of events including the Global Startup Gathering will take place for Global Entrepreneurship Week across Cork city and county, from Spike Island to City Hall.

Siobhan Finn from Cork innovates said: “Combining all the events on the schedule this week to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, we expect to welcome hundreds of business owners, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and business support organisations to Cork city and county.”

Among the international delegates, president of the European Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, will be in Cork to participate in the startup policy discussions. US State Dept Director of Global Entrepreneurship, Thomas Lersten, and GEN President Jonathan Ortmans, will be engaging with national and international delegates at events in Cork running from November 17 to 20.

Sharon Corcoran of Cork County Council, said: “From the Startup Island experience in Cork harbour to Startup Nations Summit in UCC’s Western Gateway building, the Biz-Dine-around in Cork city restaurants, Lord Mayor’s Startup Reception, Talent Jam at Bank of Ireland workbench, Startup workshops at CIT and the Startup Nations Gala Dinner in County Hall, the business facilities of Cork city and county will be showcased to a regional, national and international audience.”

More than 200 national and international investor-ready startups applied to participate in the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge. The competition final will take place on Spike Island, Cork on November 18, with three finalists pitching at the Startup Nation Summit gala dinner on Saturday, November 19.

The Startup Bootcamp –Startup Island will see 150 startup entrepreneurs come together on Spike Island, in Cork Harbour, to participate in a unique two-day programme of expert-led workshops.

The organisers says that Startup Island will enable around 150 entrepreneurs from Ireland and abroad to share their experiences of surviving the startup journey and receive first-hand insights from seasoned mentors, investors and business leaders who have experienced the challenges of growing a business.

The agenda will focus on developing resilient business models, self-reliant leadership, leveraging networks, marketing, sales skills, scaling and funding to assist them in implementing action for their business.

 

Photo: L-R David Merriman, Bank of Ireland; Siobhan Finn, Cork Innovates; Seamus Coghlan, Cork City Council, and Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council (Pic: Renate Murphy)

Original Article: http://bizplus.ie/cork-mecca-startups-week/