Innovation Conference 2019

David Rowan announced as keynote speaker at inaugural Mid East Regional Innovation Conference

Wicklow Local Enterprise Office is partnered with Meath, Kildare & Carlow Local Enterprise Offices to present the Mid East Regional Innovation Conference, taking place on Thursday 31st October at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, County Kildare. The event is to celebrate the thriving culture of innovation that exists throughout the Mid East Region, and to recognise the increased demand on the Mid East Local Enterprise Offices from the emerging technology sector for support in their development and the increase in demand from small businesses for support in innovation.

Headlining the event is David Rowan, world renowned speaker, innovation expert and author of best selling Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World's Smartest Minds. David tells a story of transformation through innovation and how companies have found new ways of doing things through innovation driven by ruthless entrepreneurial imagination. Having taken 130 flights in the past year on a quest to find genuine innovation inside successful companies, David has investigated the organisations and entrepreneurs that are changing our world - spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter, and collecting together some inspiring stories.

Speaking in advance of the event David said“Too many organisations think "innovation" can be left to a specialist department, or acquired through hackathons and startup accelerators. I can offer guidance on specific approaches to innovation that work, from insights I’ve gained through experience working with the companies and entrepreneurs that are changing our world. I look forward to sharing these insights with you at the Mid East Regional Innovation Conference this October”.

The event will also host disruptive e-commerce and social media entrepreneur, Seánie Walsh.  Discover the true power of digital marketing and ecommerce, and explore the social media landscape with the Castlebar native and Creative Director of Los Angeles based, Business Rockstars. Seánie is unlike any other 25-year-old in this space and is recognised as one of the world’s leading Click Funnels experts. From the age of 13 he has been a highly successful disruptive e-commerce and social media entrepreneur and is also a partner and Creative Director in V353. 

Attendees will explore ‘Supporting Innovation in the Commercial World’ with agency speakers from Maynooth University, Carlow IT and UCD. Speakers from Enterprise Ireland, Grant Thornton and Local Enterprise Offices will highlight the range of Financial supports available to SME’s.

Jacqui McNabb, Head of Enterprise for Local Enterprise Office Kildare said: “We’re very excited to be hosting such a high caliber line up of speakers at the Mid East Regional Innovation Conference this year. It’s a really good opportunity for the businesses in the Mid-East to hear directly from David, Séanie and our other guest speakers on their approach to innovation”

Vibeke Delahunt, Head of Enterprise for Local Enterprise Office Wicklow stated: “This event is a celebration of the innovation in the Mid-East Region. The Local Enterprise Offices across the country strive for innovation in every region, so this is a very exciting event to be a part of.”

The Regional Innovation Conference is taking place on Thursday 31st of October at the Osprey Hotel, Naas, County Kildare from 8am to 1pm. You can access tickets on the Local Enterprise Office Kildare Website or by following the link; http://bit.ly/LEOInnovation2019.

Guaranteed to engage, empower and inspire aspiring entrepreneurs across the region, this is an event not to be missed.

 

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