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6 start-up friendly events you can’t miss out on in 2019 - New Frontiers - Enterprise Ireland

Get your calendar at the ready! We’re going to keep you busy in 2019 with some fantastic events that will sharpen your professional skills, strengthen your network and inspire your imagination.  Let’s go…

Women’s Empowerment Summit, 13th April

With the Women’s Empowerment Summit just around the corner, you’ll have to act quickly if you want to secure your ticket! This fantastic event is all about bringing like-minded women together to support and learn from each other. This is not an event for shoptalk, but rather it is about helping women reach their full potential in every aspect of their life. With the odds too often stacked against women on their path to personal and professional success, it is as important as ever to provide opportunities such as this for growth and empowerment. With a stellar line-up, including actress Deirdre O’Kane, television presenter Maura Derrane, Irish Rugby Player Sene Naoupu and 3 times bestselling author Donna Kennedy, we expect this year’s summit to be as much if not more successful than the years before.

3XE UX – The User Experience & Design Thinking Conference, May 16th

Looking to learn about user experience design from the best in the business? 3XE UX is an event that aims to give you practical, actionable insights that you can immediately take away and apply directly to your business. The best way to make the most of this event is to get involved with their range of workshops that they describe as providing how-to know-how. These workshops include “7 tactics to convert your social media audience into sales” from Content Plan, “Driving Conversions with Performance Video” from Google, “The Biggest Search Marketing Myth – Busted!” from Wolfgang Digital, “Winning with CRO: Seeing is Believing” from VWO, and “Finding hidden site speed gems and ways to fix them” from Under 2. If you feel like you could learn a thing or two and brush up your user experience skills, then make sure to get your hands on some tickets because this one will sell out!

Southeast Digital Picnic, 20th June

Every business knows the significant effect clever social and digital marketing can have on their success. If you’re serious about improving your online presence and finding out how to generate more leads, then the Southeast Digital Picnic is where you’ll want to be! This event is catered towards start-ups, small business owners as well as anyone passionate about marketing. All your questions about online advertising, community building, video, influencers, and social media will be answered in the beautiful surroundings of Wells House and Gardens in Wexford. The organisers are going out of their way to inject some summery vibes into the traditional business conference by taking the event outside with a BBQ theme. Fingers crossed they get the weather!

HPSU Founder of the Year Awards, 26th June

Are you a member of the HPSU Founders Forum? If you are a CEO receiving Enterprise Ireland investment support, then this is definitely something worthwhile to get involved in. The Forum is a great way to receive invaluable insights from experienced practitioners about your specific business challenges and surround yourself with a strong network of CEOs who have come up against the same hurdles as you. Every year, the Forum awards one founder the grand title of HPSU Founder of the Year award. The event brings together entrepreneurs and investors and is a fantastic opportunity for high-performing, innovative Irish start-ups to get the recognition and support they deserve.

Innovation Arena, 17th – 19th September

Are you an agri-tech innovator? If you are, then this should be the highlight of your calendar! Being held at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, you can be sure this will be a great day out for you and your business. The Innovation Arena will be exhibiting talks and seminars as well as providing networking opportunities for entrepreneurs throughout the three-day event. There is even an opportunity for you to win €15,000 for your company! If you fancy yourself as a pioneering innovator in the agri-tech sector, then you can put your name in the hat for categories such as best agri-technology start-up, young innovator of the year, best agri-engineering established company and best agri-environmental enterprise. Get involved in this Enterprise Ireland event by sending in your application online before the 31 May.

MoneyConf (at Web Summit), 4th – 7th November

Dublin may be the home of MoneyConf, but this year it is heading to Lisbon. Not only that, but the conference is expanding from two days to three! If you don’t know what we’re talking about, MoneyConf is THE fintech event that brings banks, tech firms and start-ups together under the one roof. Enterprise Ireland will be running a half day event focused on bringing clients and potential buyers together in pre-arranged one-to-one meetings. If you’re heading to Web Summit you’ll be happy to know that your ticket will give you access to everything MoneyConf has to offer.

If you want to know about the numerous events organised by/in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, head over to the events section of their site.  

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Scarlet Bierman

Scarlet Bierman runs a content-first marketing agency, Engage Content, and is Editor of the New Frontiers website. She is an expert in designing and executing content strategies and passionate about helping businesses to develop a quality online presence… [Read Scarlet’s profile]