Top Business Leaders to Mentor Ambitious Companies

THE ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE: The Radisson Hotel, Sligo – November 27th & 28th 2014.
Are you an entrepreneur with an investor-ready business? Is your business at the stage where you are ready to scale? Do you want advice from, and valuable face-to-face time with, some of the country’s most successful business leaders?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then The Entrepreneur Exchange – an exciting, fast-moving mentoring and networking opportunity – is for you. This pioneering national initiative gives new entrepreneurs the invaluable experience of real exposure to trailblazers in their field. It features 24 of the top business leaders in the country participating in tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions with 24 companies during an intense 24-hour period.
The event is an opportunity for businesses ready to take the next step to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage. Some of the entrepreneurs participating include George Mullan, owner SIS Group, Liam Griffin, Managing Director of the Griffin Hotel Group, David Walsh, Group CEO and co-founder Netwatch, Michael Dawson, Founder & CEO of The Gift Voucher Shop, Tommy Higgins, founder of Ticketmaster Ireland, Gerard Barry, Founder of Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd., Tommy Griffith, founder of PEL Waste Reduction Equipment. Gary Kennedy, Chairman of Greencore.

Fergal Broder, CEO LotusWorks said: “The Entrepreneur Exchange is a great opportunity to meet with new successful businesses and lend our help and support where needed. I’m happy to share my experiences especially if it can inform others and help them improve and grow.”
Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager with the Western Development Commission, said “the Entrepreneur Exchange Programme is a great opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs to access some of the best business minds in the country. A number of our Portfolio Companies participated in last year’s event and found it to be of tremendous benefit to their business and to themselves personally, as being an entrepreneur can be a lonely occupation,” said Buckley.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is being run by Sligo Chamber, The Western Development Commission (WDC) and The Enterprise Europe Network to stimulate entrepreneurship and business.

“We are particularly grateful to all of our leading entrepreneurs who are giving of their time and expertise voluntarily in order to support the next generation of business leaders,” said CEO of Sligo Chamber, Paul Keyes. The Entrepreneur Exchange takes place at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo on November 27th and 28th, 2014.
For companies wishing to apply to participate in the programme full details are available at https://thexchange.ie/ . Applications close on November 10th, 2014. For more information contact Gillian Buckley, Western Development Commission at 087 2236982 email: gillianbuckley@wdc.ie or Paul Keyes at Pkeyes@sligochamber.ie

The Entrepreneur Exchange Sligo

The Entrepreneur Exchange – See What Happened

The Entrepreneur Exchange Sligo

Twenty emerging entrepreneurs and twenty seasoned entrepreneurs spent an intense 24 hours at the recent Entrepreneur Exchange event in Sligo.

This unique experience brought fledgling entrepreneurs from across the West of Ireland together to engage with some of Ireland’s most successful business leaders in a very honest, relaxed and open setting while ensuring deep analysis and a clearer focus for the future.

Entrepreneur Exchange Sligo

Addressing the group at the Gala Dinner, Michael Dawson, founder of the One4All gift voucher group, spoke candidly about the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.

Also speaking at the event Junior Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD said “by working together we can help build a vibrant and growing economy in the West of Ireland once again.”

The Entrepreneur Exchange was an initiative of the  Sligo Chamber of Commerce, the Sligo European Enterprise Network and The Western Development Commission in association with the North West Regional County Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Ireland.

See a full gallery of images from the event here.

Image Captions:

Above: Sligo Chamber of Commerce President, Trevor McDaid, Junior Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, Sligo Chamber CEO, Paul Keyes, Lotusworks CEO, Fergal Broder.

Below: Mentoring at The Entrepreneur Exchange.


Images by James Connolly / PicSell8.



Ireland’s Business Leaders to show the path to success during inaugural Entrepreneur Exchange in Sligo

The Entrepreneur Exchange luanch

The 2013 Entrepreneur Exchange takes place this coming November 28 to 29 in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo.

Taking place over an intense 24-hour period, this will be a unique opportunity for Emerging Entrepreneurs in the West of Ireland to gain unparalleled access, advice and mentoring from some of Ireland’s most successful business leaders.

Padraig Clarke, CEO of Socrates Healthcare Informatics and Communications Director Padraig McKeon have just been announced to join the panel of entrepreneurs which includes George Mullen of the SIS Group, Fergal Broder CEO of Lotus Works, Frank Salmon from CMS Distribution and Michael Dawson from One4All.

Demonstrating their will to drive the economic regeneration of the West of Ireland, this elite panel of business leaders are volunteering their time to support the region’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is an event by Sligo Chamber of Commerce, the Sligo European Enterprise Network and The Western Development Commission.

Image Caption: Participating entrepreneur Seamus Quinn of MyITDepartment.ie with Fergal Broder, CEO of LotusWorks at the launch of The Entrepreneur Exchange

Emerging Entrepreneurs in the West of Ireland invited to spend 24 hours with some of Ireland’s most successful business leaders

The Entrepreneur Exchange, taking place in Sligo on November 28th and 29th, is a unique opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs in the region to gain exclusive access to some of the most successful business leaders in the West of Ireland.

Entrepreneurs such as Seamus Farrell from SF Engineering, Fergal Broder from Lotus Works, Frank Salmon from CMS Distribution, Michael Dawson from One4All amongst a host of other successful entrepreneurs are sharing their experience and expertise in support of the next generation of Western Entrepreneurs.


This unique event by Sligo Chamber of Commerce, the Sligo European Enterprise Network and The Western Development Commission in association with the North West Regional County Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland and IT Sligo offers SME’s from the Western Region the opportunity to gain experience, insights and expertise from these hugely successful entrepreneurs.

Speaking at the launch of The Entrepreneur Exchange, Sligo Chamber CEO, Paul Keyes said; “The Entrepreneur Exchange is an opportunity for Entrepreneurs with an investor ready proposition, or with an established business who want to get focused on growing their business to get the competitive edge. It is also further evidence of the collaborative public/private partnership that is going to get the Western Region back on its feet.”

The Entrepreneur Exchange offers participating companies a full day of tailored business mentoring meetings complimented by a networking dinner.  This 24 hour experience includes one to one meetings, presentations, banking institutions, venture capital investors and networking opportunities.

Companies in the Food & Beverage, Medical Device, ICT, CleanTech, and Engineering sectors will be the primary focus of the event; however any business seeking to scale is encouraged to apply.

Ian Brannigan, Head of Regional Development, at the Western Development Commission said; “The Entrepreneur Exchange is a unique opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs in the West to benefit from the insights and experience of these hugely successful entrepreneurs in an inspirational, high energy and supportive environment.”

Applications for The Entrepreneur Exchange close on November 8th. A panel of twenty entrepreneurs will then be invited to participate in this exclusive event.

The Entrepreneur Exchange takes place in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo on November 28th & 29th.

For more information on The Entrepreneur Exchange or obtain an application form visit https://thexchange.ie or call Sligo Chamber at 071-9161274.