Business-to-business mentoring helps Irish entrepreneurs succeed globally – Minister Jimmy Deenihan25 March 2015
Business-to-business mentoring helps Irish entrepreneurs succeed globally – Minister Jimmy Deenihan
Irish business leaders from around the world will be hosted by Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, this evening for an ambitious leadership and mentoring event, which is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help young Irish entrepreneurs to thrive.
The Irish International Business Network (IIBN) Future Leaders Programme, an individual mentoring programme for young Irish entrepreneurs and business professionals living in the UK, is funded by the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme. Future leaders are matched with IIBN and Global Irish Network mentors and benefit from their wealth of experience.
Among those addressing young entrepreneurs at the event in Iveagh House, headquarters of the Department, are Mary McKenna, Serial Tech entrepreneur; John Beckett, Co-founder & CEO at ChannelSight and Eirtight Technology; Colman Lydon, VP Everwise; and, Barry O'Neill CEO, StoryToys, Chairman, Games Ireland.
Minister Deenihan said: “Irish business networks and mentoring programmes play a key role in mobilising people. Not just Irish citizens, but also those of Irish descent. When the networks work, everyone profits. And the more Irish and Irish-connected people we have working in profitable businesses all over world, the better for the global Irish community.
“My Department’s Emigrant Support Programme, and indeed our new Diaspora Policy, seek to drive and foster diaspora engagement and to help our emigrants to make the best of their lives abroad. Although welfare is at the core of the Emigrant Support Programme, it is important that we continue to support business networks like International Irish Business Network which assist Irish people at home and abroad to develop their businesses.
“I am delighted that the Emigrant Support Programme is supporting this worthy initiative, which also helps to maintain links between generations of the Irish diaspora.”
Irish International Business Network (IIBN) board members and Future Leaders from London, New York and Ireland will join the Minister for a panel discussion moderated by journalist Conall O Móráin.
The event will also promote the Irish Executive Mentoring Program which was co-founded by IIBN New York in 2012. The Emigrant Support Programme support facilitated an online expansion of the programme to ensure it is open and available to the Irish business community, globally.