Entrepreneurship. Do-ers and thinkers coming to Dublin

Tom Cooney is a friend of mine. He is the man behind The World Conference on Entrepreneurship that is coming to Dublin. A lot of big brains talking and thinking about entrepreneurship for 4 days.

Starting on 11 June with an entrepreneur day.  This event is targeted at the do-ers rather thant he thinkers. Entrepreneurs who wish to learn first-hand how successful entrepreneurs have grown their businesses from start-ups to commercially thriving operations. The programme will focus on creativity, funding, leadership and innovation (as applicable to all businesses) as the key themes of the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a better understanding of the power of social media for your business.

This extensive programme will include addresses from Raomal Perera on how to raise money through successful crowd funding campaigns.  Raomal Perera is based in Ireland, he has over 30 years of experience in the IT, Communications and related technology industries. He is a serial entrepreneur having been the co-founder of two technology companies; Network365/Valista and ISOCOR; Network365 acquired US company iPin and formed Valista in 2003. Valista was acquired by Aepona in 2009.

Nigel Newman will talk about encouraging lateral thinking and reimagining success.

Serial entrepreneur Noelle O’Connor and Dragon’s Den star Gavin Duffy give their insights into building successful businesses in Ireland.

The final address of the day will be given by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey who are serial entrepreneurs, industry reformers, successful brand builders, and co-founders of hugely successful Barefoot Cellars. They co-authored the New York Times Bestselling Business Paperback, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America's #1 Wine Brand. They started in their laundry room in 1986 and created a nationwide bestselling wine label. With virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles and create new markets.


Other speakers during the week are:

  • George Mullan is based in Sligo and he is the founder and owner of SIS Group, a manufacturing and sports construction company with offices in Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Madi Sharma is an Entrepreneur who founded and runs the Madi Group, a group of International private sector & not for profit companies, and NGOs. The philosophy is to create innovative ideas tailored to local action which can achieve global impacts beneficial to a sustainable society.
  • Xavier Prats Monné is the Deputy Director General for Education and Training at the European Commission (DG EAC) since January 2011. He is responsible for EU policies and programmes for mobility and cooperation in education and training including the Erasmus+ Programme and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, and for relations with non-EU countries and international organisations in the field of education.
  • Mark Brennan commenced in his role as the Australian Small Business Commissioner on 2 January 2013
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