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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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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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GMIT hotel industry’s big cheese

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Cáit Noone

The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been listed in the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes worldwide by global publication Education.com, for the second year in a row.

During the pandemic, the school continued to deliver courses safely on campus and online including a brand-new series of online masterclasses by industry representatives such as Conor Spacey, Culinary Director of Food Space, alumna Catherine Toolan, Managing Director of Guinness Storehouse, Diarmuid Kelly of Kelly’s Oysters, Siobhan Ni Ghairbith, St Tola Cheese, Bernie Doherty, Galway County Council Community Archaeologist, Padraig McGillicuddy, MD and owner of Ballygarry House, Tom Doherty, Access Hospitality and many more.

Cáit Noone, Head of the school, said: “The tourism industry is a global employer and a qualification from the Galway International Hotel School provides graduates with multiple opportunities to work across the vast industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Glenamaddy site goes green

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Green initiative…Peter Flanagan, Site Manager and John McDermott, Procurement Manager at Kingspan.

Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy is the first manufacturing plant within Kingspan’s global network of 166 manufacturing sites to have its manufacturing process completely powered by renewable energy, following the installation of BioLPG.

Following the July installation of BioLPG, the Glenamaddy site is now 100% powered by renewable energy, closely followed by Kingspan’s manufacturing plant in Aston Clinton, England, which has also reached this milestone.

The move to renewable energy has been a gradual transition over the past five years, following the introduction of renewable electricity to Kingspan Glenamaddy in 2016.

This accomplishment is aligned to the Group’s ground-breaking Planet Passionate sustainability objectives and helps Kingspan to move closer to its ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon manufacturing* across the business by 2030.

Kingspan Glenamaddy manufactures storage solutions for numerous sectors including agri, water, domestic as well as specialist custom tanks as part of Kingspan’s Water & Energy Division.

“Over the past five years, the introduction of renewable electricity to our Glenamaddy site has delivered a significant reduction in our carbon emissions,” said Peter Flanagan, Site Manager at Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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