CorkBIC seeking 24 emerging entrepreneurs for 24-hour mentoring event

29 Nov 2012

Pictured at the launch of the 2013 Entrepreneur Experience in Cork last night were Frankie Whelehan, Choice Hotels; Jim Breen, PulseLearning; Paul Prendergast, Yougetitback; and Mark Buckley, Glowroute

CorkBIC is seeking applications from 24 emerging entrepreneurs to participate in its next Entrepreneur Experience, which will be taking place in Kinsale, Co Cork, over 24 hours next March.

The 2013 event, which will take place from Friday, 22 March, to Saturday, 23 March, at the Trident Hotel, will be the third year that the Entrepreneur Experience will run, according to CorkBIC’s marketing manager Fionnuala Wall.

She said the entrepreneurs will be divided up into three categories – people with a new idea and who are very early-stage self-starters; those running start-ups that are investor-ready; and entrepreneurs who have an established business and who are looking to scale and grow. The investor-ready group will also get the chance to pitch to a panel of angel investors.

Wall said there will be one-to-one sessions as well as group events on areas such as seeking investment to accelerating business growth. Participants will also get coaching from business leaders.

Seasoned entrepreneurs who will be sharing their advice and business acumen at the event will include Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH International; John Flahavan, chairman of E Flahavan and Sons; Michael Flynn, founder of Waterford company FLI Environmental; and Grainne Kelly, CEO of BubbleBum UK.

Gillian Keating, vice-president of Cork Chamber, spoke at the launch of the Entrepreneur Experience in Cork last night. She said events like these bring entrepreneurs together to assist them to overcome the barriers and difficulties they face in establishing and growing businesses.

Entrepreneurs who participated in past events were also at the launch, including Mark Buckley, managing director at Glowroute Products, Paul Prendergast, co-founder of and David McCarthy, founder of

CorkBIC will be accepting applications until 25 January 2013. All applicants will then be interviewed before the 24 participants are chosen to attend the Entrepreneur Experience in March.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic