Dragons’ Den’s Cisco kid to advise start-up hopefuls at Exponential event

13 Mar 2013

Barry O'Sullivan, Dragons' Den investor and senior vice-president at Cisco Systems. Photo via RTÉ

NUI Galway students, as well as members of the public, will be able to get the scoop on all it takes to start a business at an event in Galway City featuring Barry O’Sullivan, senior vice-president at Cisco Systems and one of the new investors on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den programe.

The final Exponential, an NUI Galway-funded event which allows attendees to meet and interact with entrepreneurs, speak to potential employers, and learn what it takes to develop a business idea, form a team, raise finance, set up and run a company, will take place at Kelly’s Bar on Bridge Street, on Tuesday, 19 March, from 7.30-10.30pm.

The night will include a ‘fireside chat’ with O’Sullivan, who is also a technology investor and co-founder of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of Irish and Irish-American technology leaders.

O’Sullivan is to speak about the Dragons’ Den experience, how start-up companies should go about getting funding, and will offer advice to potential entrepreneurs on what to do and not to do when starting with their business models.

Over the past four months, Exponential has given hundreds of students the opportunity to meet some of Ireland’s technology start-up companies and innovative entrepreneurs, and learn how some NUI Galway graduates started their own businesses, right out of college.

Anyone who already has an idea for a product or business can share their ideas and receive advice and feedback from fellow students and other entrepreneurs at Exponential.

While the event is free to attend, registration is required online or via the Exponential website.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic