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Startup Gathering aims to build Galway’s future as globally competitive startup hub

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Galway is one of the key cogs in what is set to be the biggest regional distributed startup event in the world, Startup Gathering 2015 will take place across Ireland from October 5 to 10.

Because Galway will host its Startup Gathering Day on Friday, October 9 – one of in excess of 50 events planned across the week in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford for national and international entrepreneurs.

Under the theme ‘Start, Scale and Succeed from Ireland’, Startup Gathering 2015 aims to promote entrepreneurship and help identify entrepreneurial talent at an early stage across the country; help develop world class regional startup hubs around the existing strengths in each region to accelerate the growth of startups in Ireland, and to raise the international profile of the startup sector in each region of Ireland to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams.

Part of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015, the Startup Gathering is a key building block towards making Ireland a global startup hub by 2020.

Startup Gathering 2015 is being led by Startup Ireland, a public private not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the goal of making Ireland the best place in the world to start and scale a startup.

The initiative is being championed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, together with the Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash, who is chairing the Startup Gathering National Steering Group.

In Galway there will be a strong emphasis on developing startup hubs around the key strengths in the Galway region, the MedTech and ICT Technology sectors, as well as promoting startups and entrepreneurship across all industry sectors.

In preparation for the Startup Gathering Galway events, a ‘Town Hall’ meeting was hosted recently by the Startup Gathering Galway City Coordinator John Breslin, a well-known startup community leader in Galway, together with Bank of Ireland.

Representatives from multi-national companies, large corporate, local Government, Universities, Institutes of Technology and the startup community gathered to discuss the goals of Startup Gathering 2015 and to assess the full scope of events and initiatives that can be accelerated for Startup Gathering Galway and the development of the world class startup hubs around the MedTech and ICT Technology sectors in Galway.

“This is a real opportunity to create alignment across key public and private stakeholders in the Galway region to build on Galway’s economic strengths and develop world class startup hubs in Galway,” said Mr Breslin.

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GMIT conferring for employees as best in class

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Seventeen employees from manufacturing engineering companies all over Ireland will be conferred with GMIT’s first ever professional apprenticeship award at an online ceremony hosted by GMIT and Ibec next week.

Conferrings for the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering will take place remotely next Thursday, March 4.

The GMIT group are among 37 professional apprentices nationwide to recently complete their three-year programme, developed by Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association and GMIT, together with representatives from the medical technology sector.

This first group of apprentices includes many students who were long-time employees of their companies and who were identified as having the potential to develop on Technician and Engineer career paths.

Galway-based companies involved include Cambus Medical, Creganna, Merit Medical, Synecco, M&M Qualtech and MSA Safety.

In a follow-up to this, GMIT and Ibec will then host a free online Employer Briefing on March 24 from 11am to 12 noon, providing up to date information on this Engineering Apprenticeship programme, funding, and other supports to help upskill existing employees or take on promising school-leaver apprentices.

The online briefing will provide information on the Government grants scheme (€3,000 grant per apprentice) which will expire on June 30.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Top award for Galway firm

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Pat O’Donnell

A recruitment company co-founded by a Galway man, with offices in Headford and Dublin, was one of the big winners at the ninth Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards.
Galway executive search firm, Principal Connections, was named Best Executive Recruitment Firm at the 2020 awards, which took place later than usual this year, at the end of last month.
Principal Connections – the Irish office of Agilium Worldwide LLC with offices in Headford and Dublin 4 – was co-founded by Galway native Pat O’Donnell and ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’ Hilarie Geary.
Mr O’Donnell was delighted with the company’s achievement. “As a senior executive and board search firm, Principal Connections is in a privileged position. Each day we work towards appointing many of the senior executives and board directors who drive Irish business,” he said.
“To be recognised for excellence in this endeavour, I feel truly honoured and especially delighted to accept this prestigious award,” he added.
This year’s winners were selected from across 19 distinct categories based on the criteria of: ‘resilience’, ‘exceptional performance’ and their response to the ‘adversity’ presented by 2020.

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US software provider selects industry veteran to lead European HQ

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Ruairí Conroy..Diligent’s Site Lead.

A US software provider – at the cutting edge of assisting multi-nationals in the area of corporate governance – has announced the appointment of an industry veteran to head up their new European Hub, based in Galway.

Ruairí Conroy, who has been appointed as Site Lead, will oversee Diligent’s European Hub – including recruitment, department integration, business operations and facilities.

Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President of Inside Sales at SiteMinder, a cloud platform for hotels, where he was responsible for recruiting and expanding operations at the Galway site.

Last November, Diligent announced plans to create more than 200 local jobs in Galway across several business functions – including customer support, customer success, finance, product, HR and marketing.

The Corporation, described as a leading modern governance company with a platform used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders, is headquartered in New York City.

Reacting to his appointment Ruairí Conroy said that Diligent’s commitment to growing in Galway – engaging with the community and building a top-performing workforce – was what really drew him in.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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