The seminar, organised by the Patents Office, is for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies in Galway and surrounding counties.
Speakers include experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.
Minister Sherlock said: ‘This seminar presents a great learning opportunity for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and startup companies who want to scale their businesses or turn their ideas into functioning enterprises.’
‘It is not generally known that over 80% of new inventions are derived from previous inventions, so during the seminar information will be provided as to where details of previous inventions can be sourced.
‘The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation.
‘It will examine how to convert an idea into a business opportunity, due diligence in setting up a business, an insight into what are patents, trade marks and industrial designs and how they should be managed.‘
‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now more than ever they need every support they can to start and grow’, Minister Sherlock concluded
Admission to the seminars is free but pre-registration with the Patents Office is required.
There will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers throughout the day and after the seminar from 4pm to 4.30pm.
You can register for the Galway seminar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 056-7720118.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., today [Wednesday] announced a call for proposals for the Dublin City of Science programme of events in 2012.
‘Rebuilding Ireland’s international reputation for excellence in science and technology will be crucial to achieving growth and getting people back to work. I am developing a plan to put science, technology and innovation at the centre our growth and jobs policies. Part of this will involve showing to the world that we are a creative, innovative, scientific nation.
‘Dublin City of Science 2012, a highly prestigious event which was won in the face of stiff competition, offers a perfect opportunity to show the world what we can do. I think we should all get involved in this programme and help promote Ireland to the world as a centre of innovation and creativity in science and technology,’ the Minister said speaking at the launch.
The call, which will remain open until 30 June 2011, is seeking proposals for a year-long programme of events to engage the citizens of the island of Ireland in science. It is hoped to devise a programme of events that will demonstrate the reach of science into almost every aspect of our lives – education, business, the arts, sports and our communities.
Partnerships will also be sought with organisations and individuals who wish to develop events that will encourage the public to engage with science.
Dublin City of Science 2012 will showcase Irish expertise and creativity that will firmly place Ireland on the map for science excellence.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said that: ‘the primary purpose of this call is to identify events that creatively engage with science and the public.
‘This could be by way of promoting an existing event, activity or idea. It could be something completely new, something you’d like to develop within your own organisation or institution, or in partnership with others. I would welcome activities in any format, indoor or outdoor, through the medium of theatre, film, exhibitions, workshops, debates, interactive dialogues, online events, the list is endless,’ Prof. Cunningham concluded.
Also at the launch today was the Dublin City of Science 2012 Project Director, Mr. David Fahy. He highlighted the importance to include events from a wide and varied reach.
‘While it is Dublin that is the City of Science, it is central to us that a programme is developed that stretches to include the whole island of Ireland.
‘I would urge those with an interest in science and technology and their impact on art, literature, music, sport, communities, the economy, society in general to submit proposals, Mr. Fahy concluded.
The call is available at www.dublinscience2012.ie/pep
This grassroots campaign is about the positive aspects of economic activity that often receive little media attention, and the need to focus on solutions instead of the problems.
It is about setting a challenge to people to be innovative and creative.
The Irish Internet Association supports the Ideas Campaign in its efforts to identify ways of preserving and growing employment, stimulating new economic activity and creating business ideas.
The campaign wants ideas from business owners/executives, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and academics. It also wants the ideas and involvement of anybody who is concerned about these important economic issues and their consequences, such as the employment prospects for their children.
All contributions received will be turned into an action plan and presented to government in April.
If you are a member of the IIA please let Roseanne Smith, Membership Manager, know about your contributions to the campaign so she may include your ideas in any future promotions of this great idea.
For more information on the Ideas Campaign, go to:
Krishna De of BizGrowthNews.com and member of the IIA Social Media Working Group interviewed myself and Brendan Hughes of FBD and Chair of the group right after our workshop on the draft guide to Business Blogging on December 5th last. This workshop went very well not least because of Krishna’s great facilitation which ensured that participants gave as much as they got from the afternoon. Unfortunately we had some competition from a bin lorry towards the end of our conversation 🙂
While on the subject of social media, I’d like to draw your attention to what Krishna did here. She has a good quality digital still camera that can also capture video. Nothing fancy. At every event I see Krishna at I will often see her doing quick interviews with participants or speakers about their work, their thoughts on the events or current issues etc. Then she tidies up the video (I’m not sure which software she uses or how long this takes generally.) and it is perfect material for a blog. From a promotional point of view it’s a great way to get your blog noticed. For example this video below has been published in at least three places that I know of and already today has had 39 views on YouTube. Think of that in terms of your blog and how it could help you promote your company or your expertise. For those who are not so literary minded but are great speakers it’s a great way to blog.
We received the Eurolink newsletter in the post recently and one item in particular caught my attention. I thought it might interest some of you too.
“60 Ideas for Europe
As part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversaty of the Congress of Europe (1948-2008), the European Movement International has launched a blog called “60 ideas for Europe” to collect EU citizens’ ideas on the future of Europe. You are invited to share your suggestions at http://speakup-europe.blogactiv.eu/ on what could be done, improved or chaged within the European Union.
The best 60 ideas selected will be published and discussed by key EU politicians during the Congress of Europe to be held in The Hague on the 23-24 May. The debate will be broadcast live across Europe.”
Maybe it’s more like a red rag to a bull. If you do contribute please add a link in the comments below. And good luck!