BUDDING entrepreneurs with technology project ideas which could revolutionise the world are being encouraged to reach out for support from local experts that can bring them to market in the shortest possible timeframe.
The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has all the necessary expertise needed to help technology entrepreneurs and working in partnership with South East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and others, it has completed over 110 direct projects for start-ups all over Ireland over the past three years, according to TSSG CEO, Barry Downes.
Addressing the ‘Driving Business Forward’ workshop is co-hosted by the TSSG and South East BIC at Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, Downes said: “The TSSG is very much open for business and we can leverage our technological expertise to help business. Working with South East BIC, innovators now have access to a very broad range of expertise and support on their doorstep.
“If a tech innovator has an idea and the need a product delivered within 18 months they really should be talking to our technology gateway. We can deliver leading edge, Silicon Valley-grade support and Silicon Valley grade work at cost through a whole range of supports.
“The next call for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers is May 4 and we would strongly encourage tech entrepreneurs to look into the funding support scheme and note that date,” he said.
Addressing the session, WIT President and TSSG founder, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The South East is an extraordinary area of intellect and innovation. Working collectively we will make sure South East is right up there as one of the leading regions not just in Ireland but across Europe.”
South East BIC CEO, Michael Maddock encouraged would-be entrepreneurs to come and talk to them to see how they can be supported. To date, the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), managed by South East BIC in the region has assisted in raising €9.9 million in investor and state funding to support 29 business deals. Speaking at the event, Michael Maddock said “Entrepreneurs need to network effectively and access all the supports that are there for them. South East BIC offers one to one business consultancy services to start ups in the South East region and works closely with colleagues, such as TSSG to ensure our clients get top class end to end support services”
The event was a sell out with more than 130 attendees including start ups, SME business owners, and investors who took part in interactive workshops around Investor Pitching, Virtual & Augmented reality, Business Modelling and Mobile Gateways.