Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events update


We hope that the Summer months have treated you well! 
To assist you in identifying Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events that are scheduled for the rest of 2015, Enterprise Ireland has helpfully put together the following list  which might be of interest!

Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives Open Currently
1.       Community Enterprise Initiatives (2015 – 2017) Fund re-opens until 6pm on Friday 4th September.www.enterprise-ireland.com/communityenterpriseinitiative . If you have a query, please contact Gillian Slattery – gillian.slattery@enterprise-ireland.com

2.       Deadline for submissions to ‘Call for Expressions of Ideas for Regional Enterprise Initiatives’ – 12 noon Friday 11 September www.enterprise-ireland.com/regionalenterpriseinitiative

3.       New Programme – ACORNS: Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups - designed specifically for early stage female entrepreneurs living outside the administrative boundaries of the main 5 cities in Ireland . Application deadline is Friday 11th September. www.acorns.ie - information about this one was sent out by Olwen to everyone last week.

4.       Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2015 open for applications until Friday 25th September

Upcoming Entrepreneur and Enterprise Initiatives and Events

25 Aug                  Competitive Feasibility Fund Agri Business opens, closes 8th September – Details here
25 Aug                  OMiG Blended Marketing, Blended Learning, Blended Networking Seminar, Galway. Details here
26 Aug                  Competitive Start Fund for International Entrepreneurs opens, closes 9 Sep – Details here
27 Aug                  ‘The Power of the Pitch’ workshop for regional startups at Bank of Ireland’s Workbench , Mainguard St., Galway. No cost to participate. Contact the bank directly for details.

Aug – Nov           Skillnets Training in Galway. Details here
Aug – Dec            GRETB Training Centre Courses. Details here 
Aug – Dec            MSLETB Training Centres Courses. Details here
Sep – Dec            Business relevant Training organised by the Local Enterprise Offices – Details here for GalwayMayoand Roscommon
Sep – Nov           Medical Technologies Training by the Irish Medical Devices Association. Details here
Sep                        Competitive Feasibility Fund for the West Region - Details to be announced in September
Sep                        Food Academy Development Programme 2015, LEO Galway – Details here
9 Sep                     Innovation Vouchers opens, closes 23 Sep www.innovationvouchers.ie
14 Sep                   ACCELERATE – Management Development Programme for Small Business Owners, Abbey Hotel, Roscommon – Details here
16 Sep                   Manufacturing & Agricultural Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 30 Sep - Details here
16 Sep                   ICT and Industrial Sectors Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 30 Sep – Details here
16 Sep                   InterTradeIreland Funding for Growth Advisory Clinic (private 1-1s), Grant Thornton Offices, Galway – Details here
18 Sep                   Galway Chamber Venture West, International VC Conference, Bailey Allen Hall,NUI Galway  www.venturewest.ie
22-24 Sep            National Ploughing Championships, Rathiniska, Co Laois. Special Innovation Area at www.npa.ie will be of interest to people looking for ideas
25 Sep                   Network Ireland Annual Conference & Awards, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport – Details here
28-2 Oct               Mayo Ideas Week – Programme will be available here soon. Follow #MayoIdeasWeek.
29 Sep                  Spirit of Entrepreneurship event, GMIT Castlebar  www.spiriteventwest.com
Oct                         3rd Level Student Entrepreneur Awards will open for applicationswww.studententrepreneurawards.ie
1 Oct                      Enterprise Start event, Mayo  www.enterprise-ireland.com/enterprisestart
6-7 Oct                  MedTech Ireland, Radisson, Galway www.medteceurope.com/ireland
5-10 Oct               Startup Gathering Week. The focus will be on Galway on Friday 9th October. Contact Galway Co-ordinator john.breslin@nuigalway.ie  if you would like to get involved.  www.startupireland.ie/startupgathering 

14-15 Oct             Trade & Investment Mission in Ireland – Details here
20 Oct                   Finance 4 Growth Workshop: Export Finance – Limiting the Risk of International Trade. Details here
21-22 Oct             National Women’s Enterprise Day, Galway Bay Hotel,Salthill   www.nwed.ie
29 Oct                   Med in Ireland – Showcase for Irish Medical Technologies companies, National Convention Centre, Dublin www.medinireland.ie
30 Oct                   déanta – Irish Design, from Concept to Manufacture to Market Conference, Letterfrack, Co. Galway www.gmitletterfrackconference.ie
6 Nov                    Information Technology Association Galway (ITAG) Awards, Hotel Meyrick, Galway. Details here
11 Nov                  Female Competitive Start Fund opens, closes 25 Nov – Further details will be available here
18-19 Nov            Meet West, Hodson Bay Hotel, Roscommon  www.meetwest.ie
Useful Resources
Startup Weblinks – Guide for early stage entrepreneurs in the West – www.enterprise-ireland.com/startupweblinks
MedTec Map of Ireland – Download here
#BOIworkbench Galway, just recently opened, is a free co-working space for startups. Contact annie.claffey@boi.comfor more information.

Monday, July 20, 2015

It's a summery social #SWIBNTuesday this month...

July means it's time for our annual summer #SWIBNTuesday social... this year, we're off to the super-talented Frances Muldoon's studio in Rosses Point, Frances will showcase her business, and fellow member, Berenice Beukes will also cater the evening with her mouthwatering food!
Please ensure you book by RSVPing by Friday 24th as we'll need numbers for catering :) 
There'll be a small charge for food, which we'll advise before the evening - and it's a strictly BYOB event!
Looking forward to seeing you all then... 

Monday, May 11, 2015

May is all about #digital at SWIBN...

This month at SWIBN, we're talking about all things digital - from photography and driving online sales, to smarter ways of working your social media output.

We're really delighted to be showcasing the abundant digital talent we have in Sligo, and indeed, within our membership - our three speakers are none other than: Sue Bourke [Digital Cascade], Marie Brouder [Brouder Design] and Aoife Porter [Bua Marketing].  All three professionals bring a wealth of knowledge across a whole range of digital topics... so don't miss out!

Booking is now open over at our Eventbrite page - and as always, #SWIBNTuesdays take place on the last Tuesday of the month, in the GlassHouse Hotel, 7-9 p.m.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting to know your networking neighbours...

Networking is what we're all about at SWIBN - getting to know your colleagues, building relationships, learning from one another and sharing business opportunities.

We're so good at it, we thought it was about time we invited our colleagues from Sligo and further afield along to our April event!

This month, we're inviting networks from Sligo and around Connacht, to join us for a fun, dynamic evening of networking.  Members are very welcome to invite colleagues so feel free to send details of the event onwards.

As always, April's event will take place on the last Tuesday of the month - 28th April, from 7-9 p.m. at the GlassHouse Hotel, Sligo.  RSVPs are required via Eventbrite so don't forget to ensure you or your guest books their spot!

We look forward to seeing you on the night - don't forget to bring lots of business cards!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Looking for #legal expertise? Don't miss March's #SWIBN event...

SWIBN's March event will focus on legal issues for small business - and we want to hear from YOU!
In-house expert, Michelle McLoughlin will cover legal topics most asked-about by SMEs - but is keen to hear from members if they have any specific queries.  So don't be shy, email your query to OlwenSWIBN@sligoenterprise.ie or OonaghSWIBN@sligoenterprise.ie and we'll ensure Michelle has the answers you need.

Michelle McLoughlin, owner of Michelle McLoughlin & Co., has over 14 years experience in business law, corporate and company law, employment law and taxation.  Michelle was a solicitor in law firms in Dublin for ten years prior to setting up this firm, the last three years as a corporate law and taxation partner.

Michelle is also a SWIBN member and we're delighted she's sharing her legal expertise with us this month! You can book now by heading over here...