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IBM announce details of Global Entrepreneur Initiative 2011 in Cork

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Pictured at the announcement of Details of the Global Entrepreneur Initiative 2011 to be launched in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork on April 11th are (l-r) seated; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael O' Connell and Denis Collins Vice President IBM. Back Row:Noel Crawford IBM Innovation Centre Manager and Rory Caren IBM Developer Relations Manager. ( Photo courtesy Evening Echo)

On Friday 1st April in the Lord Mayor’s Chambers, City Hall, Cork IBM Ireland announced details of the forthcoming Global Entrepreneur Initiative 2011 in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O’Connell.

The event itself will take place in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork on the 11th April, 2011 and will commence at 9.30 a.m.

IBM launched the original Global Entrepreneur initiative in early 2010,this initiative is designed to help start-up companies capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries like energy and utilities, healthcare, communications and government, and work with a new generation of entrepreneurs to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues — like water, transportation, healthcare and the environment — that will transform the way people live and work.

Part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative is IBM SmartCamp. This is an exclusive networking and mentoring event that identifies early-stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that complement our Smarter Cities efforts by bringing together business, venture capital, academic, civic and government leaders for a conversation about innovation, human capital and economic development in a city environment.

To participate in this initiative, a start-up must be:

  • Privately held
  • In business for less than five years
  • Actively developing a solution on an open platform - or willing to move to an open platform.
  • Turnover less than $1,000,000.

The Agenda for the event is as follows:

09.30 - 10.00        Registration (tea/ coffee)

10.00 - 10.05        Introduction by Anne Sheehan, IBM

10.05 - 10.15        Speech by Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork

10:15 - 10:45        IBM Global Entrepreneurship Programme and SmartCamp, by Noel Crawford, IBM

10.45 - 10.55        Speech by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Mr. Simon Coveney TD

10.55 - 11:05        Speech by Denis Collins, Chairman of IT@Cork,

11:05 - 11.10        Wrap up by Noel Crawford

11.10 - 12.00        Networking and sign-up for IBM Global Entrepreneurship Programme

12.00                   Close

For Further Information contact

Rory Caren carenr@ie.ibm.com (086)0472527

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