Tech leadership group to focus on connecting start-ups

Barry O Sullivan, ITLG, at the launch of ITLG Forum to be held in Limerick this year.



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8 January 2014 | 0

The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Forum will convene on 27 and 28 January in Limerick, with the aim of enabling Irish executives in early stage companies to meet and collaborate with leading international figures, expanding their network, creating new business opportunities, and US market opportunities, which will all drive meaningful job creation in the Region. Start-ups and entrepreneurs will also have the chance to pitch for investment to leading VCs, as well as access to leading experts in IP and commercialisation of research.

Led by group’s chairman, and former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp, Craig Barrett, and Limerick native John Hartnett, founder and CEO, ITLG, the delegation from Silicon Valley will include top executives from the global tech sector including CISCO, Intel, Dell, Disney, AOL and many more.

The forum is being brought to Munster with the help of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), University of Limerick (UL), Shannon Airport and Limerick Chamber.

“This is a homecoming not only for me, but for many members of the ITLG delegation”, said John Hartnett. “The Limerick and Shannon region has very strong ties with Silicon Valley, and showcasing the indigenous talent and innovation, while engaging with US investors and tech leaders will serve both our regions exceptionally well in terms of future growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and investment”.

“Our Region is a natural gateway for US access to Europe with an infrastructure that supports innovation and commercialisation of research, as well as being an ideal location in which to invest”, said Conn Murray, manager/CEO, Limerick City and County Council.  “We look forward to welcoming the Irish Technology & Leadership Group to Limerick for the Global Technology Forum on 27th and 28th January 2014”.

The event will be hosted in venues across the city, and will commence with the Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, as well as pitch camps sessions at LIT on 27 January.

The Global Technology Forum will then take place at University of Limerick on 28 January, and will include keynote presentations and lively panel debates on mobile technologies, innovation and entertainment innovation, investment and entrepreneurship.

Andrew O’Brien, the special representative for Global Partnerships of US Secretary of State Office will also be attending the two-day event. O’Brien previously served as Secretary Kerry’s Massachusetts State Director in the Senate.

ITLG said that indigenous organisations in the fields of cloud technologies, biotech and convergent pharma, nanotechnology and renewable energies among others have been invited to pitch their business ideas to the international delegation of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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