Cork to welcome Silicon Valley leaders in January
20 December 2012 | 0
Cork is set to host the first major business event of The Gathering 2013 with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley comes to Ireland summit on 21 and 22 January 2013.
The summit will host technology leaders from Europe, China, Russia, India and across the Americas in attendance.
Hosted in venues across the city, the event will be led by former Intel Chairman and CEO, Craig Barrett, and will see the delegation of global business leaders and investors convene in Ireland for a two-day summit of keynote presentations, panel debates and company showcases.
Indigenous companies in the fields of mobile technologies, cloud, biotech and convergent pharma, nanotechnology and renewable energies among others will be invited to pitch their business ideas to the international delegation of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Buttimer said: "Cork has strong business links with Silicon Valley and we are delighted to deepen our relationship with US industry leaders while showcasing all that Cork has to offer in terms of a centre of excellence for innovation and commercialisation of new research as well as a great place to invest as a gateway to Europe. We are delighted to welcome the Irish Technology Leadership Group to Cork for the Silicon Valley comes to Ireland event."
Speaking at the launch, City Manager Tim Lucey said, "Cork City Councils role in securing this major international conference for the city is further evidence of the Council’s continued expansionary and facilitative role in leading the drive for further growth of the Cork economy. In particular this event is of considerable benefit in showcasing Cork city as a world leading region, both in terms of being a location of significance for major international technology businesses and as a region of immense capacity and quality in R&D in areas such as ICT and Life Sciences."
Submissions are now being invited for a chance to pitch to the international investors on 21 January 2013. A Global Technology Leaders Summit, University Challenge Award, and a Gala Networking Dinner will take place on Tuesday, 22 January 2012.