DCU invites aspiring entrepreneurs to free start-up event

13 Mar 2012

Entrepreneurs and early stage businesses who may be in need of inspiration and practical advice may want to mark 20 March in their calendars: That’s the day of this year’s Get Started mini conference, where experts will share their start-up knowledge and experiences.

DCU Business School invites Irish entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups to the Helix, DCU, for the conference, which will run from 2-6pm. The event will feature expert speakers, among them Gavin Duffy of Dragons’ Den, Nicola Byrne, founder and CEO of 11890 directory enquiries; Caroline Casey, award-winning social entrepreneur; John McNamara, founder of BCM Consulting and Entrepreneur of the Year winner; and Andrew Jenkinson, technical director and co-founder of vStream.

A “Dotcom Survivors Panel” will feature Charlie Ardagh, CEO, Trackalyse; Antoin O’Lachtnain, managing director, Digital Messenger; and John Dennehy, CEO of Zartis. The panellists will discuss the challenges of establishing and sustaining a business in the rapidly changing digital environment with the aim of inspiring and encouraging the audience.

“Entrepreneurs and early stage businesses need inspiration but also practical advice,” says Dr Theo Lynn, director of Industry Engagement at DCU Business School. “Get Started is part of our on-going efforts to open up DCU Business School to the wider community and join with our students and staff to learn from experienced business leaders.”

Get Started is designed to introduce those considering starting their own business, as well as existing SMEs, to the supports and tools available to help them grow.

Get Started is free of charge and open to the public, but places are limited. Interested attendees can register online.