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Minister Deenihan to Address South West Startup Gathering 2015: Irish International Business Network

The Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., will address the inaugural Irish International Business Network (IIBN) event in Cork as part of the Startup Gathering 2015 on Friday 9th October. 

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Deenihan said:

“The Startup Gathering is a fantastic initiative which I am delighted to support in its championing of entrepreneurs and innovators in regional hubs around the country.

“It is great to see the IIBN bringing its wide network and connectivity to the south west of the country.

“It is important that networks like IIBN reach out to all parts of the country whenever possible, and I commend them for being part of the Startup Gathering here in the south west.

“The aim of the Startup Gathering is to foster a culture in Ireland that nurtures talent and allows companies to start, scale and succeed.

“One of the key enablers of this is establishing and fostering connections that reach outside of Ireland and around the globe.

“The Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, has supported the IIBN in a number of successful initiatives which have helped Irish people build their connectivity, reputation and presence in Ireland and overseas.”

Minister Deenihan’s opening address will be followed by an afternoon of panel discussions on starting and scaling businesses, featuring successful entrepreneurs from the region.

Press Office
9 October 2015

Notes to Editors:

  • The IIBN is a not-for-profit business network, committed to support and connect Irish entrepreneurs and executives globally.
  • The IIBN event forms part of the SouthWest regional programme of the StartUp Gathering 2015, taking place across 5 days, 5 industries and 5 cities; Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway. The event, running from 5th to 10th October, is set to be one of the biggest startup events in the world, providing a platform to support and celebrate entrepreneurs and to inspire startup businesses in these city regions with the goal of making Ireland a global startup hub by 2020.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) provides funding to not-for-profit organisations and projects to support Irish communities overseas and to facilitate the development of more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish.
  • Since 2009, the Programme also supports projects aimed at creating practical results orientated links between Ireland and the global Irish, and projects that emerged as a consequence of the Global Irish Economic Forum and its follow up.
  • In the past ten years over €114m has been disbursed from the Emigrant Support Programme in grants.