BizSpark runs free seminar for tech start-ups

17 Feb 2009

Far from doom and gloom in the Irish technology sector, new life is being breathed into the scene with Microsoft’s BizSpark and the Digital Media Forum coming together to provide a free, day-long seminar aimed at giving start-ups the advice they need.

The BizSpark Innovation Accelerator, which runs next Tuesday 24 February from 9:30am to 6pm, is presenting a series of talks and discussions focused on funding options, marketing, networking and product management for start-ups.

High-profile figures, including venture capitalist Brian Caulfield and Tom Hayes from Enterprise Ireland, will discuss funding options, while successful entrepreneurs, including Pat Phelan of MAXroam and Niall Harbison of, will be giving a frank perspective on the highs and lows of creating a successful technology business in talks themed as ‘Stories from the Trenches’.

There are two streams of talks taking place through most of the day, with a panel discussion on ‘Building an Innovation Economy – Are we on the Right Path?’, and economically relevant topics such as ‘PR on a Shoestring’ and ‘29 Ways and 29 Days to Improve your Online Presence’ by David Petherick of Digital Biographer.

Steve Collins, co-founder of Trinity College Dublin spin-out and Emmy-award-winning technology firm Havok, will also be speaking. Havok’s physics engine provides intelligent and realistic in-games physics in hundreds of game titles from Assassin’s Creed to Halo 3.

The event, which takes place in the Radisson SAS in Dublin, is completely free of charge and open to 200 attendees.

By Marie Boran