The E-Payments Conference “Payments – The Opportunity for Collaboration and Scaling” will take place at City North Hotel where guest speaker David Birch, from London-based Consult Hyperion, which specialises in secure electronic transfers, will speak on the future of the e-payments sector.

Agenda:

9.00am: Registration/Coffee

9.30am: Welcome Address: Ged Nash, TD, Minister of State, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

9.50am: Introduction by Dennis Cummins, President DKIT

Panel Discussion: Chaired by Richard Hanlon, Vesta
Vesta logoPanel: Brian MacCraith (President DCU), David Birch (Consult Hyperion), Denis Curran (IDA Ireland), Dave Anderson (Bynk.me)

  • State of Payments Sector in Ireland
  • Regionalisation / Opportunities for smaller Fintech Companies
  • R&D in Payments Sector

10.50am: Coffee / Networking

11.20am: Keynote Presentation – David Birch, Consult Hyperion
“The Future of Payments Industry”

David BirchDavid Birch is a Director of London-based, Consult Hyperion, the IT consultancy that specialises in secure electronic transactions. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money, was named one of Wired magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of business information, listed in the European “Power 50” for digital financial services, rated a NextBank “Fintech Titan” and ranked Europe’s most influential commentator on the emerging payments field. His latest book “Identity is the New Money” was published in April 2014.

Q&A

12.20pm: VC/Startup Panel Discussion – Chaired by Alan Costello, Ruby Consulting
Panel: Frontline VC (Will Prendergast, Partner), CurrencyFair (Chief Operating Officer, Michael O’Donovan), Aphix Software (Graham O’Rourke, CEO).

1.15 pm: Light Lunch / Networking

Details & Booking

Date: Friday, 9th October

Time: 9:00 – 13:15

Location: City North Hotel, M1

Cost: €20

Eventbrite - National E-Payments Conference

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The Startup Gathering 2015 programme of events for the North East was launched on Monday 14 September at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda.

Group Photo StartUp Gathering NorthEast Launch 14.09.15

The aim of the Gathering is to promote entrepreneurship and help develop world class regional startup hubs, as well as highlighting Ireland’s startup sector to global entrepreneurs, investors and R&D teams. Startup Gathering North East will have a strong emphasis on developing startup hubs around the key strengths in the region, including e-Payments and the Food sector. It will have a number of events promoting entrepreneurship in general, including a joint Chamber event with a panel of entrepreneurs from across the region, and guest speaker, Alex Mount Charles of Slane Whiskey.

Anne Reilly - Paycheck Plus, Breanndán Casey - The Mill, David Moore - Bank of Ireland & Geoff Fitzpatrick - Jack Cody's Brewery
Anne Reilly – Paycheck Plus, Breanndán Casey – The Mill, David Moore – Bank of Ireland & Geoff Fitzpatrick – Jack Cody’s Brewery

Minister Ged Nash, who chairs the Steering Committee of the Startup Gathering, said “We know that Ireland has lots of ambitious entrepreneurs and we are looking for even more of them to come forward and build a Startup revolution. With more than 300 events taking place across the country in the Startup Gathering I would encourage Ireland’s entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to get involved, make connections, and strengthen Ireland’s startup ecosystem right across the country. Through harnessing the talent, ambition and drive of our entrepreneurs we can create more opportunities for companies to start, scale and succeed and ultimately create more jobs”.

David Moore - Bank of Ireland, Eddie Phelan - Drogheda Chamber, Carla Delaney - Bank of Ireland, Breanndán Casey - The Mill, Michael Gaynor - Dundalk Chamber & Billy Kehoe - Bank of Ireland
David Moore – Bank of Ireland, Eddie Phelan – Drogheda Chamber, Carla Delaney – Bank of Ireland, Breanndán Casey – The Mill, Michael Gaynor – Dundalk Chamber & Billy Kehoe – Bank of Ireland

Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda, who is co-ordinating StartUp North East, said, “Two thirds of all new jobs across the economy are created by startups and the response to the initiative to date in the North East is evidence of the huge potential that exists. There is an opportunity here to encourage people who have left the North East to return to either take up jobs in startups or create their own businesses and I would encourage anyone with an interest in starting a business to get involved, contact their local support organisations, and gain as much as they can from the Startup Gathering experience”. The Mill has been open for eighteen months and is now fully occupied with a mixture of hostdesks, startups and expanding companies. Breanndán continued “I’ve become aware of a renewed optimism across the region whilst working with other enterprise support organisations for StartUp North East. Our objective is to have a sustainable startup ecosystem in the North East that will continue to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs, and enable them to access all supports, and continue a long tradition of innovation in the region.”

Marcella Rudden - Cavan LEO, Cormac McCann - Louth LEO, David Moore Bank of Ireland, Tara Smyth - Meath County Council, Gary O'Meara - Meath Enterprise & Briege Quinn - Monaghan LEO
Marcella Rudden – Cavan LEO, Cormac McCann – Louth LEO, David Moore Bank of Ireland, Tara Smyth – Meath County Council, Gary O’Meara – Meath Enterprise & Briege Quinn – Monaghan LEO
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Are you interested in “The Future of Drogheda”? The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland in association with Louth County Council and the Academy of Urbanism are presenting “The Future of Drogheda” Colloquium on Friday the 18th of September in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda from 9.15am to 5.45pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for people living and working locally to hear the views of the experts on how they see Drogheda growing and developing into the future.

Topics will include:

  • What do you know about the size of Drogheda and the Town Boundary Review?
  • Where should the new Development Plan lead?
  • What plans are there for the greater Boyne Valley and getting around?
  • What about vital development in the Historic Town Core?
  • How should traffic, parking and the Public Realm be managed in the Town Centre?
  • What will happen when the Council become shareholders in the Port?
  • Who will drive the Town forward successfully?
  • What can Architects bring to these issues?

Cost: €25pp (including lunch)

This is a fantastic opportunity for locals and should not be missed. For booking information please fill in the registration form and email it to cbolster@riai.ie.

Alternatively, you can call Catherine Bolster at 01 6761703 to reserve a place over the phone and pay by credit card.

Please note that places may be limited and should be booked by Friday 11th of September.

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Female Entrepreneurship Programme

What is it?

AIB, Coca-Cola & Louth LEO logoSponsored by AIB, The Coca-Cola International Services, Louth & Meath LEO, the FETAC Boyne Valley Female Entrepreneurship Programme aims to select up to 16 start-ups and help them fast-track their businesses, develop leadership skills, achieve scale and create employment. Participants will be given the knowledge, skills and understanding to commercialise sustainable and profitable products and services, that customers need and want.

 

Six trainers will be delivering 12 modules. At the end of the course participants will be required to complete a mandatory assignment, which is to be submitted on Friday, December 18th 2015. For the assignment, participants will be asked to submit a completed Business Model Canvas (the criteria for scoring will advised on Day 1 of the programme) and on Day 7 each participant will be presenting an Investor Pitch to Assessors (scoring will be advised).

 

Certificates of completion will be presented on Day 7, and all participants will automatically become part of the Ryan Academy Female Entrepreneurship network which will enable them to attend all networking events organized by the Ryan Academy.

Who is it for?

We are looking for female participants who are currently considering setting up a business, or who have been in business for the past 2 years.

When is it?

The Programme will take place one full day per week over a 7 week period in The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda. Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm.

What topics will be covered?

Day 1: 19th October

Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Business Management
• Tradesperson or Business Owner?
• Challenges in managing & growing a small business
• Growth & diversification
• Thinking like an entrepreneur

Day 2: 2nd November

(i) Business Planning for your Business Environment
• Challenge of a changing business environment
• What is strategy?
• Why write a business plan?
• Business environment analysis tools – what they are and how to use them
• Identifying and implementing a sustainable business model
(ii) Marketing Management & Branding
• What is marketing?
• Identifying your market and your customer
• Market segmentation
• The marketing mix
• Social Media
• Digital Marketing

Day 3: 9th November

(i) Project Management
(ii) Business Risk Management

Day 4: 16th November

(i) Sales Strategy & Process
• Sales strategy
• Design & implementation of sales processes
• How & what we do in sales for the organisation
• Creating the sales pipeline
• Goals, measures and accountability
(ii) Financial Management, Funding Models & Revenue
• Accounts for business
• Overview of Revenue requirements
• Cash flow
• Benchmarking & valuing business performance
• Sources of funding

Day 5: 23rd November

(i) Leadership Styles: Building your Team
• Identifying and allocating key roles in your team
• Founders, employees, mission, intent, values. Managing a growing business.
• Why is EQ essential in team building & leadership
• Why is emotional capital so powerful in building your team and sustaining successful businesses
(ii) Legals for Start-ups

Day 6: 30th November

(i) Sustaining & Growing your Business
• Managing the now and planning for the future
• Sources of funding
• Prospects and opportunities for the construction sector
• The innovation process described
• Sustaining for growth
(ii) Pitch Preparation for Skills Demonstration
• The problem you Solve
• Who you are?
• What you do?
• Practice your business plan pitch

Day 7: 7th December ‘Finale’

Skills Demonstration – ‘Investor Pitch’ to Panel, Certificate Ceremony & Final Wrap Up

Who is delivering the programme?

DCU Ryan Academy logoDCU Ryan Academy is a non-profit, joint venture between Dublin City University and the Ryan Family (Ryanair) that aims to be the leading supporter of entrepreneurs and innovation in Ireland. Their mission is to promote an entrepreneurial mindset and real innovation focus among Irish SMEs, corporates, start-ups and researchers through a range of training, leadership and funding initiatives. They currently deliver the Female High Fliers Programme which is an accelerator programme for female led start-ups which specifically addresses the challenges facing female entrepreneurs, supported by Enterprise Ireland. This programme fast tracks female entrepreneurs, their leadership skills and their businesses. It includes a comprehensive programme of workshops, bespoke mentoring and excellent networking opportunities.

How can I find out more?

View the Illuminate Boyne Valley/M1 Female Entrepreneurship Programme brochure here.

For further information, please contact admin@themilldrogheda.ie

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On Thursday 11th June, The Mill will be hosting a Refresh Boyne event with Gary O’Neill from Zink Films as a guest speaker. Zink Films is one of the top suppliers of quality broadcast and web animation in Ireland having created content for companies such as Coke, Guinness, Carlsberg, Vodafone, Flahavans, Yoplait and many others. As well as this, it is the top supplier of pre-viz and concept art in the country.

Zink Films logoAbout Gary

The company’s founder, Gary O’Neill, has a quarter century experience in the business behind him, spanning from feature animation through to TV animation and web content. Gary will be talking about his experience in animation/multimedia, opportunities in the sector, etc.

About Refresh Boyne

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired by, the Refreshing Cities movement.

Refresh Boyne logoDetails & Booking

Date: Thursday 11th June

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub

Cost: Free – Booking is Essential

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Damien O’Brien of SME Matters will be presenting a workshop at The Mill on May 29th.

All too often businesses set goals or targets for their business in a reactive manner rather than focusing on what their business should really achieve. In this workshop we will look at how to set an effective strategy for your business that covers the five major pillars of any company:

  • Financial
  • Customer
  • Marketing
  • Efficiency & Innovation
  • People and Organisation

Once an understanding of the importance of effective strategic planning is gained, Damien will then look at the key aspects of sales development that should be considered and how to implement these sales strategies in your business.

About the Trainer

Damien O'BrienDamien O’Brien is a recognised business expert who specialises in developing the knowledge and skills of owner managers and giving them the tools to transform their business in terms of bottom line growth and business and personal satisfaction. Damien has a high energy motivational manner that drives owner managers to work on their business. His experience ranges across all sectors of the economy and he brings that experience to bear in the programmes he teaches and in the one-to-one time spent with owner/managers to maximise their businesses and personal potential.

 

SME Matters logoSME Matters was set up in 2005 by Damien. Prior to setting up SME Matters, Damien spent 10 years in industry, holding senior management roles at national and international level. He has managed quadruple growth figures in sales during his time as Sales Manager for an Irish Telecom Multinational and went on to grow their specialised consulting department thereafter. Damien has lectured in Smurfit Graduate School of Business on Organisational Renewal in SMEs and runs SME company clinics for program participants in conjunction with Smurfit. He also runs high impact Seminars and full day training events nationwide. SME Matters specialises in supporting small and medium sized business owner/managers on a one-to-one basis and through the acclaimed Advance Business Development program that has been running for the past 6 years.

Details & Booking

Date: Friday 29th May

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub

Cost: €30 (Millers: €15)

Eventbrite - Aligning Strategy and Sales

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The Mill invites you to a day-long workshop from SME Matters on Strategy Building and Marketing for SMEs, presented by Damien O’Brien, Catherine Jordan & Lisa Welthagen.

Aligning Strategy and Sales – Damien O’Brien
Morning session (9.30am to 1pm)

Damien O'BrienAll too often businesses set goals or targets for their business in a reactive manner rather than focusing on what their business should really achieve. In this workshop we will look at how to set an effective strategy for your business that covers the five major pillars of any company:

  • Financial
  • Customer
  • Marketing
  • Efficiency & Innovation
  • People and Organisation

Once an understanding of the importance of effective strategic planning is gained, we will then look at the key aspects of sales development that should be considered and how to implement these sales strategies in your business.

Marketing for SMEs – Catherine Jordan & Lisa Welthagen
Afternoon session (2pm to 5pm)

Catherine JordanMarketing budgets and resources can be limited when growing your own business. This workshop will help you focus in on specific tasks and make the most out of limited resources.

  • Three Circle workshop – focus on where you want to position your business in the market place, thus deciding on your marketing activity. Determine your vision, purpose, culture and values.
  • How to make the most out of a small budget
  • The importance of a great website and how to review your site, SEO, PPC, Adwords & Google AnalyticsLisa Welthagen
  • Importance of Branding
  • Social Media – is it right for your business – which platforms to use

The workshop will offer practical examples, will be interactive and will include ‘follow-on’ advice.

About SME Matters

SME Matters logoSME Matters was set up in 2005 by Damien O’Brien. Damien is a recognised business expert who specialises in developing the knowledge and skills of owner managers and giving them the tools to transform their business in terms of bottom line growth and business and personal satisfaction. Damien has a high energy motivational manner that drives owner managers to work on their business. His experience ranges across all sectors of the economy and he brings that experience to bear in the programmes he teaches and in the one-to-one time spent with owner/managers to maximise their businesses and personal potential.

SME Matters specialises in supporting small and medium sized business owner/managers on a one-to one-basis and through the acclaimed Advance Business Development programme that has been running for the past 6 years.

SME Matters work with the directors/partners to ensure that the strategy, mission and vision are clear, and work with managers and other staff to help them develop the skills they will need as the organisation changes.

Details & Booking

Date: Wednesday 25th March

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub

Cost: €80, Lunch Included

Eventbrite - SME Matters

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