Free events at Enterprise & Innovation Week

Twenty four free public events will be hosted during the second annual IT Sligo Enterprise & Innovation Week, which takes place from March 1st to 4th.

The event celebrates IT Sligo’s links with enterprise and the community, featuring the very best in experts on a range of subjects including, innovation, leadership, team building, female entrepreneurship, sales skills, and digital media marketing, in a series of free public sessions.

The theme of March 1st is ‘Promoting Student Entrepreneurship’ and events include a presentation from Larry Farrell, a leading authority and writer on international entrepreneurship, a Games Arcade, a seminar on Computer Clouding, an ‘Ideas Generation’ Workshop, and the Sligo VEC’s Dragon’s Den Final.

‘Supporting Enterprise Development’ is the theme of the second day, March 2nd and events include a social media workshop, seminars on sales skills, a workshop with leading entrepreneur Eleanor McEvoy (Budget Energy and formerly of Phonecard Warehouse), and a communications seminar. The key note event of the week takes place on Wednesday also; a panel discussion on the ‘Global Prospects for Irish Talent’ chaired by broadcaster Anton Savage, featuring contributions from international CEOs Danuta Gray, Steve Castree, Larry Farrell.

Thursday, March 3rd is based on the ‘Innovation Supports’ and features an Innovation Vouchers Roadshow, a seminar on HR transformation from Abbott Ireland, the launch of a student ‘Bright Ideas’ Competition by former Dragon’s Den Sarah Newman, and the final of an Inventor’s Competition.

The final day of Enterprise & Innovation Week on Friday, March 4th will be hosted at the The Model and features a workshop on the future of the creative industry in the North West with contributions from Rory O’Connor (Sligo Live), Gerry O’Boyle (The Boogaloo Club,London), Mary McAuliffe (Arts Officer, Sligo County Council), Ian Brannigan (Western Development Commission). There will also be a workshop on digital imaging and the ‘Future of Online Social Media’.

President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said that Enterprise & Innovation Week is a sign of the strong relationships that exist between IT Sligo and the regional and international business community; “It’s vital that Higher Education Institutions have strong links with enterprise and IT Sligo has been nationally recognised for our innovative approach to our collaboration with industry. Enterprise & Innovation Week is an important event in our academic calendar and is a practical demonstration of our commitment to enterprise and the development of the North West region.”

All the events at Enterprise and Innovation Week are free and open to the public. Registration is required for all events. Please register by logging on at www.itsligo.ie./innovationweek or by calling 071 91 55288.

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