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Wild Atlantic Startup (#WASup14) is coming to Kerry

Oct 1, 2014

Wild Atlantic Startup (#WASup14) is coming to Kerry

Following on from the very successful first Wild Atlantic Startup event (WASup) in Limerick on May 9th 2014, the organisers are bringing this innovative entrepreneurs event on the road and the first stop is Kerry on Friday October 17th. WASup Kerry will be run in association with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED) at Institute of Technology, Tralee Friday.

WASup is the brainchild of Shane McCarthy,CEO of BlueChief, which aims to create a startup network along Ireland’s West Coast while showcasing the already thriving technology businesses operating from the region. The events all along the Wild Atlantic Way are focussed on knowledge sharing and networking with some of Ireland’s leading startup mentors, advisers and of course, successful Irish entrepreneurs. Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Innovation Mindset.

Confirmed speakers include a list of well know entrepreneurs, academics and business advisors including; Edmond Harty of DairyMaster, Aoife Ni Mhuiri of Salaso, Bernie Goldbach of LIT,

Cristina Luminea of Thoughtbox, Paul Hayes of Beachhut PR, Iseult Ward of FoodCloud, Gillian Horan of The Pudding, Chris Byrne of SensorPro, Ian Lucey of Lucey, Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh of ClearPreso, Breda O'Dwyer of CEED, Eamon Fitzgerald of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Lisa Maree Domican of GraceApp Communications.

Speaking at the launch of WASup Kerry, WASup Founder Shane McCarthy said, “The Wild Atlantic Way is not just for visitors - it is a great place to work and live. WASup aims to showcase the region as the place to locate technology centred industries where companies and employees can benefit from and be inspired by the Wild Atlantic lifestyle”.

The themes of the Kerry pillar of WASup is Social Innovation and the Innovation Mindset which are focus elements of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (CEED) in promoting entrepreneurship in the ecosystem of IT, Tralee. Commenting on the upcoming event Breda O’Dwyer, Manager of CEED at IT, Tralee said, “Social Innovation challenges today’s entrepreneurs to seek innovative technical solutions to address some of society’s biggest problems today and in the future: whether that be accessible education, usable technologies and materials for different abilities, addressing health challenges and risks, innovative waste management solutions, climate and sustainable energy. Encouraging and fostering an Innovation Mindset is an important aspect of creating a healthy and vibrant startup culture. How can this be encouraged across all ages and levels of societal involvement? Our panellists will discuss these topics alongside 6 lightning value talks which provide education on presentation skills, approaching and best use of investor funds, importance of early, strong design, entrepreneurship challenges and supports”.

To book your place at this exciting conference please visit www.wasup.ie/kerry2014.