All Networking All Night!

In a change to our previously advertised Franchising event, September will now see us hold one of the very popular Networking nights instead – bring yourself, your business cards, your flyers, your problems, your advice and share with other SWIBNers – see you on Tuesday September 27th at 7pm!!

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 . If you have a query, please contact Gillian Slattery –
2.       Deadline for submissions to ‘Call for Expressions of Ideas for Regional Enterprise Initiatives’ – 12 noon Friday 11 September
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. – 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
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
22-24 Sep            National Ploughing Championships, Rathiniska, Co Laois. Special Innovation Area at 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
Oct                         3rd Level Student Entrepreneur Awards will open for
1 Oct                      Enterprise Start event, Mayo
6-7 Oct                  MedTech Ireland, Radisson, Galway
5-10 Oct               Startup Gathering Week. The focus will be on Galway on Friday 9th October. Contact Galway Co-ordinator  if you would like to get involved. 
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
29 Oct                   Med in Ireland – Showcase for Irish Medical Technologies companies, National Convention Centre, Dublin
30 Oct                   déanta – Irish Design, from Concept to Manufacture to Market Conference, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
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
Useful Resources
Startup Weblinks – Guide for early stage entrepreneurs in the West –
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.