The Entrepreneur Exchange: 24 top business leaders to mentor 24 ambitious companies

The Radisson Hotel, Sligo – November 27th and 28th, 2014.

Are you an entrepreneur with an investor-ready business? Or is your business at the stage where you are ready to scale? Do you want advice from, and valuable face-to-face time with, some of the country’s most successful business leaders?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then The Entrepreneur Exchange – an exciting, fast-moving mentoring and networking opportunity –  is for you.

This pioneering national initiative gives new entrepreneurs the invaluable experience of real exposure to trailblazers in their field. It features 24 of the top business leaders in the country participating in tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions with 24 companies during an intense 24-hour period.

The event is an opportunity for businesses ready to take the next step to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage.

Some of the entrepreneurs participating include George Mullan, owner SIS Group, Liam Griffin, Managing Director of the Griffin Hotel Group, David Walsh, Group CEO and co-founder Netwatch, Michael Dawson, Founder & CEO of The Gift Voucher Shop, Tommy Higgins, founder of Ticketmaster Ireland, Gerard Barry, Founder of Fintrax Group Holdings Ltd., Tommy Griffith, founder of PEL Waste Reduction Equipment. Gary Kennedy, Chairman of Greencore

Fergal Broder, CEO LotusWorks said: “The Entrepreneur Exchange is a great opportunity to meet with new successful businesses and lend our help and support where needed. I’m happy to share my experiences especially if it can inform others and help them improve and grow.”

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager with the Western Development Commission, said “the Entrepreneur Exchange Programme is a great opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs to access some of the best business minds in the country. A number of our Portfolio Companies participated in last year’s event and found it to be of tremendous benefit to their business and to themselves personally, as being an entrepreneur can be a lonely occupation,” said Buckley.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is being run by Sligo Chamber, The Western Development Commission (WDC) and The Enterprise Europe Network to stimulate entrepreneurship and business.

“We are particularly grateful to all of our leading entrepreneurs who are giving of their time and expertise voluntarily in order to support the next generation of business leaders,” said CEO of Sligo Chamber, Paul Keyes.

The Entrepreneur Exchange takes place at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo on November 27th and 28th, 2014.

For companies wishing to apply to participate in the programme full details are available at http://www.theentrepreneurexchange.ie/. Applications close on November 10th, 2014.

For more information contact Gillian Buckley, Western Development Commission at 087 2236982 email: gillianbuckley@wdc.ie or Paul Keyes at Pkeyes@sligochamber.ie