Festival celebrating start-ups gets underway in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Leading economist David McWilliams will be one of the speakers at Limericks first annual Start-up Gathering, which is being launched at the Castletroy Park Hotel this evening. Picture: Ros Kavanagh
NO fewer than 38 events are to take place in Limerick this week as the first ever Start-up Gathering takes place in the city.

NO fewer than 38 events are to take place in Limerick this week as the first ever Start-up Gathering takes place in the city.

Between today and Saturday, October 10, events will take place focusing on small businesses and micro-enterprises.

Part of a national initiative to support and celebrate entrepreneurs, the Start-up Gathering is expected to draw thousands of people to Limerick.

Similar events are to be held in Dublin, Cork, and Galway, with each city having their own day of focus.

Here in Limerick, Thursday is start-up day, and there will be 12 events alone on this day here.

A day-long conference will take place at the Limerick School of Art and Design throughout the Thursday, where visions for small businesses across the next five years will be shared and developed.

Meanwhile, the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre at LIT will play host to the New Frontiers Foundation in the morning.

Between 9am and midday, the event – backed by Enterprise Ireland – will show the benefits of taking part in this programme to small business people who may want to develop their firms.

There will be advice clinics in the Local Enterprise Office at Patrick Street throughout the Thursday, whole students will get to stare into space as part of a special event being held at Lough Gur heritage park in Grange. Between 11am and 2pm, the Nexus Innovation Centre will play host to an event called Start-up Mania.

This will take the form of an investment workshop, followed by an ‘open house’, in which start-up business owners will share their experience of starting a company.

There will also be events focused on selling abroad and trading internationally, while the Chamber will present five ways to business growth at the Savoy Hotel.

And for enterprising kids out there, the National Franchise Centre, above AIB in O’Connell Street will be hosting their very own start-up gathering, with the creation of masks taking place.

While the vast majority of action happens on the Thursday, there is a number of interesting events taking place throughout the week.

Leading economist David McWilliams will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the event on Monday, October 5 in the Castletroy Park Hotel from 6.30pm.

Other events include a workshop on how to write an business plan, a business expo being hosted by the Chamber, plus workshops for the unemployed, and a women in business networking event. And to complete the gathering, there will be a coding event, in which local children will take part on Saturday, October 10.

The full programme of events is at www.startupgathering.ie, or by telephoning 061-415180.