TEDxDrogheda is coming to the North-East of Ireland. TEDxDrogheda is officially launched by Gavin Duffy, RTE’s Dragon’s Den, on Wednesday 8th June 2016. It will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 17th September 2016 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “FutureWealth”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: http://tedxdrogheda.com/ , deadline for submissions – 8th July 2016.

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The organizing committee consists of Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub; Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub; Alan Costello – CEO of Ruby Consulting; Orla Moloney – Director of Droichead Arts Centre; and Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie.

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of FutureWealth is related to money or whether it involves something much broader such as creativity, social equality, health or environment”, said Orla Moloney, the Director of Droichead Arts Centre. TEDxDrogheda represents technology, the arts, education, youth programmes, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Our common aim is to reach a diverse cross-section of our community and ensure a truly inspirational set of topics and talks.

“We will support speakers with some training and practice, so no one should be put off by the thought that doing a TEDx talk is out of reach” said Orlaith Carmody, who has spoken twice at TEDx events. “We are looking for speakers of all ages and backgrounds, who have a great idea worth sharing.”

Because TEDx events are intentionally small, designed to be intimate events that provoke discussion and promote connection, the seating at TEDxDrogheda will be limited to 100. “We are seeking an audience representing the broadest possible range of the community, including local residents and other members of the general public who are inspired by ideas and interested in connecting with others who share the same passion for knowledge”, said Graham O’Rourke.

Tickets will go on sale this month, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket, and €15 for a Concession Ticket (students, unemployed, and senior members 65+). For more information, please visit http://tedxdrogheda.com/ or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is a non-profit event and organizers would welcome any sponsorship or contribution from companies or individuals.

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196On Wednesday, 25th May 2016, Shane Breslin paid a visit to The Mill to give a talk on digital strategies. Shane Breslin is a digital consultant with over 15 years experience in online content, digital strategy, and marketing communications. As past-Deputy Editor and Editor of Joe.ie, he helped to build it into one of the largest lifestyle brands for Irish males, which currently has 3.1m unique users each month, 450,000 Facebook fans, and 220,000 Twitter followers. In the past few years, he has worked as a marketing and digital consultant for a range of clients, and also opened Blackbird Books, an independent bookshop in Navan in 2015.

He has shared a few tips on how to:

– choose the right advertising platform for YOUR business

– measure the cost effectiveness of your ad campaigns

– target the right customer, and much more!

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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.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

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TEDxDrogheda Team:

01dab2d  Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub

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DYT728_412016132640  Orla Moloney – Managing Director, Droichead Arts Centre

DYI logoOn Thursday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition Final for transition year students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Centre of Innovation. Twenty-one projects were shortlisted from the initial 52 applications, and prizes were awarded in each of the three categories (Science, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries, and one overall competition prize. This is the third year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

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Geoff Fitzpatrick, the Founder of Drogheda Young Innovators; Photo by: Andy Spearman

Over 50 students heard businesswoman, and Dragon from RTE’s Dragon’s Den, Alison Cowzer, speak on Innovation, and the process of creating a new biscuit production facility. Alison is co-founder and Marketing / Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large scale biscuit manufacturing business, based in Drogheda. Alison told the students that they should be proud of their achievements, and that, based on her conversations with them, she was confident that many of them will have significant achievements in the future, “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I’m not surprised that the judges found it so difficult to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”

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Alison Cowzer, Co-founder and Marketing/ Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse; Photo by: Andy Spearman

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers, and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The winners include:

  • “Flashdiscs” – Overall winner of DYI 2016, Drogheda Grammar School
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  • “Goaty Goodness” – Business Group Category, Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
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  • “First Year Starter Pack” – Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Grenhills.
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  • “BMC Digital Workshop” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Ballymakenny College
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Rosie Kelly, Laureen Ayson, & Brian Jackson of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “How You Doin’?” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Ballymakenny College
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Rosie Kelly, Laureen Ayson of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “Investigation of Glitter Paths” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
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Aoife Leddy of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “Puppy Planner” – Individual Science Category, St. Joseph’s CBS
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Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “A Comparative Study of invertebrates that inhabit tree bark at night” – Group Science Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
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Anna Savage, Charley McKenna of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

This format of the competition changed this year which resulted in a higher number of applications, and greater support for local innovative companies. In March,  more than 80 students attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

Previous DYI winners Elle Loughran and Anna Mc Evoy of Our Lady’s College Greenhills have both represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives. In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website www.tigertunity.com which aims to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions. She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

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Péarse Rice, Tadhg O’Reilly, Sean Rice an Christian Shaw from St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Cian Fitzpatrick and Darren Morgan of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Ebipade Fufeyin, Momil Amante, Jesssica Odia of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Conor Whearty and his team of St. Mary’s DS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Seoda Matthews and Jessica McGrane of Scoil Ui Mhuiri; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Sarah Meegan & Nicole Doherty of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Meadhbh Mansfield & Claudia McKenna of Our Ladys College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196 (1)Shane Breslin is a digital consultant with over 15 years experience in online content, digital strategy, and marketing communications. As past-Deputy Editor and Editor of Joe.ie, he helped to build it into one of the largest lifestyle brands for Irish males, which currently has 3.1m unique users each month, 450,000 Facebook fans, and 220,000 Twitter followers. In the past few years, he has worked as a marketing and digital consultant for a range of clients, and also opened Blackbird Books, an independent bookshop in Navan in 2015.

 

refresh boyneFor years every business has known they needed to invest in a web presence and social media, but many of them do so without a defined strategy? SMEs have concentrated on the figures (how many likes etc), when the most important things to focus on are: am I reaching my audience / Is my audience doing what I want them to do when I do reach them?

The talk will briefly focus on a number of issues (outlined below) and will provide an opportunity for group debate and input from other attendees.

  • Traditional Media on Life Support?

“The ways businesses and Governments have reached their audience for more than 100 years has changed, completely and forever, in less than a decade…”

  • What Platform are your customers using? Finding out where your customer is and focusing your energy there 

“Orwell’s 1984 is a reality – Facebook/Google are the Big Brothers. And we can hone our messages to zone in on specifics, for example, the twenty-something male in Louth who’s interested in learning guitar.”  

  • How to reach your customer at the right time – Social media, Search, Email.

“We can find people who have a problem that our business can fix. In real time.”

  • Digital Journey: Making the experience as smooth as possible for your customer.  

Think of your website as a ski slope. When your potential customer that you’ve worked so hard to attract there lands anywhere on that slope, you want them to find their way easily to the bottom. On many websites, in contrast, the destination you want your user to reach is often at the top of the next mountain!

  • Relationships – Translating one-time customers into repeat business.

“Three old maxims are true: 1. Word of mouth is powerful. 2. People buy from people. 3. It’s much easier to get another sale from an existing customer than it is to find a new one. And when it comes to online, all of these are possibly even more relevant than ever before.”

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.

Date: Wednesday, 25th May 2016

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Admission: FREE

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You’re welcome to stay for pizza and a beer afterwards! Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

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Refresh-Boyne-Logo-300x196 (1)On Wednesday, 20th April, the author of “Productivity for Dummies”, Ciara Conlon has visited The Mill to give a talk on Productivity.

She gave a few useful tips on how to get work done, how to increase productivity and reach your goals.

Ciara Conlon is “The Productivity Coach”, a consultant and speaker who specialises in the areas of personal productivity and leadership development. Ciara is the author of two books on productivity; “Chaos to Control”, a practical guide to getting things done and “Productivity for Dummies”. Coming from total chaos, Ciara has developed strategies to help her find time to work, write, rest and play, all before breakfast.

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On March 3rd 2016 more than 80 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

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Breanndan Casey (BDM at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Anna Keller (Coca-Cola International Services), Ellen Pender (TY student, speaker at Coca-Cola Workshop), Colin Guilfoyle (Nebula Interactive), Geoff Fitzpatrick (Organizator and Co-ordinator of the DYI competition)
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According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”

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Breanndán Casey (BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Geoff Fitzpatrick (organizator and co-ordinator of the Drogheda Young Innovators programme)

The guest speakers included Ellen Pender, a Transition Year student, who discussed the benefits of attending CoderDojo sessions and her interest in technology and science. She impressed attendees with her focus on how technology can be easily learned by teenagers, and used to further improve their lives. Colin Guilfoyle, the founder of Drogheda-based company, Nebula Interactive, gave a presentation on the games and apps which have been developed in Drogheda, his route to becoming self-employed, and how an interest in gaming and technology has benefited his career, and assisted in the innovation process that he has adopted in his day-to-day business activities.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. This workshop was a great opportunity for students to hear how Coca-Cola has maintained, and developed it’s innovative thinking over the last 130 years”.

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Brainstorming by students from St.Olivers CC

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Codys Brewery. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their initiative across the Business, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship categories. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. The final of the competition will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Innovation Centre in May”

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DYI volunteers from Coca-Cola International Services
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On 7th December, participants of the first “Illuminate” Female Entrepreneurship Programme run by The Mill Enterprise Hub and DCU Ryan Academy, pitched their businesses to a panel of judges at Coca-Cola International Services Headquarters in Drogheda.

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The Illuminate programme was created by The Mill Enterprise Hub, with assistance from DKIT and DCU, to empower early stage female entrepreneurs to develop and expand their business. The programme was supported by Coca-Cola International Services, AIB, and the Louth & Meath Local Enterprise Offices.

The judges commended the high quality of pitches, and according to Jennifer McEvoy Brennan, Supply Management Director at The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe, Africa and Asia Hub,   “the ambition, and ability of the entrepreneurs is truly remarkable. It’s critical that female entrepreneurs are supported in taking the often difficult steps in growing a business. We’re delighted to have supported this initiative, and look forward to hearing of the futures success stories of the graduates”

The judging panel included Jennifer Brennan of Coca-Cola International Services, Sarita Johnston of Enterprise Ireland, Amanda Murphy from AIB, and Eoghan Stack of DCU Ryan Academy. The judges heard from entrepreneurs from myriad sectors including internet marketing, hand-crafted aromatherapy products, childrens’ cooking kits, and energy-saving services. The motive behind the ‘fake’ €50,000 pitch is to encourage the female entrepreneurs to focus on scaling their business, either with financial or mentoring support of €50,000.

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The Illuminate Programme commenced in October 2015, with sixteen participants attending the first day of the course. It delivers to early-stage female entrepreneurs from Louth and Meath, an opportunity to participate in the specially created Illuminate course, which is accredited by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) at Level 6, Minor Award. The programme fast-tracks female led businesses to develop their business and leadership skills, achieve scale, and create employment. Participants are given the knowledge, skills and understanding to commercialise sustainable and profitable products by completing 12 study modules including Sales Strategy, Project Management, Business Risk Management, Sustaining & Growing Your Business, Marketing, and Leadership.

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Participants, Judges and Sponsors of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme pictured at their conference in Coca-Cola's Southgate offices last week.
Participants, Judges and Sponsors of the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme pictured at their conference in Coca-Cola’s Southgate offices last week.

Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub, stated that “The feedback from participants has been exceptionally positive, and I’ve seen a huge transformation amongst the trainees over the past eight weeks. I can see that their confidence levels, and focus, has increased sharply, with a number of entrepreneurs telling me that the course gave them an opportunity to step back from their day-to-day activities, and to carefully consider the long-term strategy and goals of their business, as part of the Business Model Canvas exercise”

Certificates of completion were presented to each participant at the Award Ceremony, and all trainees will attain full accreditation in the coming weeks when their Business Model Canvas is assessed.

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Mandy Murphy of AIB presents Karen Fleming with her certificate of participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.
Mandy Murphy of AIB presents Karen Fleming with her certificate of participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.

 

Siobhan Woods of sponsors Coca-Cola International Services presents Lisa Heeney with her certificate for participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.
Siobhan Woods of sponsors Coca-Cola International Services presents Lisa Heeney with her certificate for participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.
Siobhan Woods of sponsors Coca-Cola International Services presents Rowena Arkesteijn with her certificate for participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.
Siobhan Woods of sponsors Coca-Cola International Services presents Rowena Arkesteijn with her certificate for participation in the Illuminate Female Entrepreneurship Programme.
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On Monday, 23rd November, Anna Keller from Coca-Cola International Services and Anne Marie Scott from DCU Ryan Academy paid a visit to The Mill and met with participants of the ‘Illuminate’ Programme.

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The “Illuminate” programme, created by The Mill and delivered by DCU Ryan Academy, is going strong and feedback from participants has been very positive. We’re now half-way there and participants are developing their Business Model Canvas, as part of the Level 6 accreditation.

On 7th December participants will be giving their pitch presentation to local investors in the Coca-Cola International Services Headquarters based in Southgate Shopping Centre.

Illuminate Programme commenced on 19th October 2015, with 16 participants attending the first day of the course. This programme, funded by AIB, Coca-Cola International Services, and the Meath and Louth LEOs gives early-stage female entrepreneurs from Louth and Meath an opportunity to participate in the specially created Illuminate course, which is accredited by QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) at Level 6, Minor Award. The programme will fast track female led businesses to develop their business and leadership skills, achieve scale, and create employment. Participants are given the knowledge, skills and understanding to commercialise sustainable and profitable products and services that customers need and want.

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On Wednesday, 16th March, Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell, and the former Mayor of Salinas City in California, Dennis Donoghue (representing the current Mayor Joe Gunter), took part in a symbolic shamrock-giving ceremony video-link. The video-link also included Jennifer Krebs of The Western Growers Centre for Innovation and Technology in Salinas. This marked the renewed commitment of co-operation between Salinas and Drogheda in the Ag-Tech sector, and the additional potential collaboration of Drogheda’s Mill Enterprise Hub with Western Growers Centre for Innovation and Technology in Salinas.

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Drogheda has already hosted a number of visits from the former Mayor of Salinas, Dennis Donoghue, who has been in agribusiness since 1988 and is also a key player in the re-birth of Salinas as it moves from ‘the Salad Capital’ of The United States to becoming a champion in the Agri-Tech sector. According to Dennis, “the long-standing relationship between Salinas and Drogheda will be improved, and the co-operation between both Innovation Centres and regions, offers a great opportunity to further cement the strong partnership, and take a leading role in a rapidly-expanding sector”.

Mayor Bell participated in the ‘Shamrock-giving’ video-link, and reconfirmed Drogheda’s commitment to further develop the relationship with Salinas City, “Salinas has actively positioned itself as the central point where technology meets the agri-food sector, and we would be delighted to expand on that relationship. Both Salinas and Drogheda have common traits including the fact that they’re natural Gateways to the region’s agri-food sector, but are also in close proximity to the technology epicentres of Silicon Valley, and Silicon Docks in Dublin”.

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A key objective is to see Irish–Americans, and both regions, coming together to develop a mutually beneficial network in the Ag-Tech sector.  Similar to Salinas, Drogheda, The Boyne Valley, and the North-East of Ireland has a very strong tradition of agri-food companies, from Boyne Valley Foods, to Natures Best and Keelings. Breanndan Casey of The Mill stated “We believe there is strong potential for existing rural & urban agri-food businesses in the region to develop their business by adopting high-tech solutions. The International linkage would highlight best practise in both countries, and harness the expertise of many Irish-Americans who now have a leadership role in the US Agri-Tech sector. The Western Growers Innovation Centre is a key partner in The Thrive Accelerator programme for technology-enabled Startups in the AgriTech and FoodTech areas, and I believe we can form a mutually-beneficial partnership. The Mill ran a series of FoodTech seminars in 2015, and we are working on similar initiatives for 2016”.

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