Emerging entrepreneurs prepare for turbo-charged experience

24-hour event aims to fast-track ideas and propositions into real business opportunities

Twenty-four emerging entrepreneurs will this Friday be put through their paces at the Entrepreneur Experience, a 24-hour event which aims to fast-track ideas and propositions into real business opportunities.

This experience, which is taking place in Cork, includes networking, workshops, presentations and one-to-one sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs.

Java Republic CEO David McKernan, Voxpro chairman Ger O'Mahony, Ovelle Pharmaceuticals managing director Joanna Gardiner, Screentime ShinAwiL CEO Larry Bass and Digiweb CEO Colm Piercy will be among the seasoned entrepreneurs who will be sharing their advice and business acumen at the event.

CorkBIC chief executive Michael O’Connor said the Experience has grown to be “a life-changing and game-changing event” over the past four years.

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“It has assisted in delivering about 16 high-performing start-ups who have raised in the region of €9 million and who have created several hundred export-orientated jobs.”

The event is the brainchild of CorkBIC and Jim Breen, founder of tech company Pulse Learning.

Cyber security
Elsewhere this week, a seminar is taking place in Dublin on the topic of cyber security. The seminar, which is being hosted by IBM, will discuss malware attacks and outline how to protect against threats through the use of forensics and intelligence.

The event will also delve into the findings of a recent IBM X-Force trend and risk report, and discuss how the latest vulnerabilities and security breaches are impacting on organisations.

Ronan Murphy, CEO of Irish IT security provider Smarttech.ie, will outline issues relating to the “evolving threat landscape”.

Highlights of the discussion will centre around APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats), social engineering and malware – all of which are ever-evolving threats to Irish businesses.