Help on hand to bring business ideas to the market
Many people have great business ideas, but an idea is not a business unless it can be successfully brought to market.
Commercialisation converts ideas into products or services that are functional and marketable, and along with funding is another obstacle faced by entrepreneurs.
This week sees the first National Business Expo kicking off in Dublin, an event aimed at supporting Irish entrepreneurs in developing and accelerating their businesses.
“You may have great business concept, but no idea how to run a business; or you could be the other end of the spectrum and own a well-established business, but need investment and mentorship,” says Miriam O’Connor, national business Expo director.
“There will a wealth of experts at the Expo who can give you the right advice.”
The Expo will have four main business centres – professional advice, business support, business services and finance. Venture capitalists including Delta Partners, Kernel Capital and Lucey Technology, will be on hand to advise those looking to secure finance.
Also attending will be Cleverbug founder Kealan Lennon, former professional footballer Niall Quinn, InterTradeIreland programme manager Paddy Savage, QED managing director Joanne Hession and Dublin Chamber of Commerce chief executive Gina Quinn.
The Expo will take place this Friday and Saturday at the RDS in Dublin.