Irish entrepreneurs and innovators based in Ireland, Europe and the US are coming together in London on 9 November for an event entitled ‘Business Beyond Borders’, which aims to create a platform for Irish-owned companies to grow overseas.
The Irish International Business Network (IIBN) is holding the event following the success of its first global conference in Dublin last year.
At this event, the IIBN is introducing an ‘Entrepreneurs Zone’, where business owners can exhibit their business for free, raising their profile and potentially securing investment and trade from the wider Irish and international community.
“The IIBN Entrepreneur Zone - where emerging Irish companies are offered a two-minute pitch to the conference delegates as well as an exhibition facility - provides our guests with an invaluable opportunity to promote their businesses,” said Jonathan Grey, managing director of Ovation Incentives and spokesperson for the IIBN.
“The purpose of the IIBN is to encourage entrepreneurial activity and networking across the Irish Diaspora.”
The Irish business community is well established in the UK. According to the ‘Eulogy! Foreign Directors’ report there are more than 45,000 UK company directors working there, double the number of any other non-British nationality.
Speakers at the IIBN event include Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group; Niall Quinn, former international Irish footballer and honorary MBE; Ricky Simms, agent for Usain Bolt and founder of Pace Sports Management; John McKeon, serial entrepreneur and founder of Circle Oil; and Joe Hogan, founder and CTO of Openet.
Hogan said: “The downturn has ignited a society of Irish innovators and entrepreneurs who understand the necessity of trading at an international level. This conference is about providing guidance and support to those embarking on expansion, providing crucial introductions and insights that may make the difference between success and failure for many businesses."