Going International Conference 2011

Harnessing Opportunities in the New Economy in a 70 million population market

13th October 2011 - The CorkBIC Going International Conference took place today at the Grain Store in Ballymaloe, where over 130 delegates debated the merits of smart investment. Entrepreneurs were encouraged to seek global opportunities from the start and not just to concentrate on the domestic market.

Speaking at the Conference Candace Johnson told Entrepreneurs that In order to go global today, entrepreneurs need to have a big vision, a large addressable market and combine that with creativity, communication, aligned smart investors and very very hard work!”.

Smart Investment enables a company to internationalise and develop whether this is with VC or Angel investment. The Conference focussed on collaboration, building relationships, smart investment and learning from the experiences of International Entrepreneurs like Bill Liao, Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, Candace Johnson, voted one of Europe's most powerful women by Time & Fortune, Liam Kelly, Founder and CEO of Nualight and new kid on the block James Whelton.

Bill Liao, leading the afternoon sesssion, talked about the merits of going global -“there are no local businesses anymore, there’s just local value creation in a global context.”

Also speaking at the conference was Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland, who welcomed the initiative by CorkBIC and London Business School to explore opportunities between Irish and London Business Angels. They are exploring emerging opportunities between Irish business angels and London business angels around new investment deals. Increasingly, we have seen that the most successful exits for investors are with companies that operate on a global footprint from an early stage. The Ambassador identified that Ireland and the UK with its combined 70 million population was the home market for these new economy companies.

Pictured from top:
Keith Willey, London Business School; Candace Johnson, Julian King, British Ambassador and Michael O'Connor, CorkBIC outside the Grain Store
Candace Johnson addressing the conference at the opening session.

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Building a High Growth Company with Smart Investment

  • Optimising Returns for Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • Case Studies and Experiences from proven Entrepreneurs
  • Investing to create Global Success
  • Business withouth Boundaries
  • The Venture Academy®

Bill Liao, Co-founder XING; Eileen Moloney, CorkBIC and Gemma Kelleher, Irish Examiner at the launch of the conference

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CorkBIC launches the Going International Conference

Harnessing Opportunities in the New Economy
Learn about addressing new opportunities in the New Economy!

For Release 8th Sept - The Going International conference on October 13th at Ballymaloe is about collaboration, building relationships, smart investment and learning from the experiences of International Entrepreneurs. The Going International Conference concentrating on Building a High Growth Company with Smart Investment will encourage business leaders to think internationally and meet Entrepreneurs and investors who bring leading edge decision making to help harness new opportunities. There will be interactive sessions with some of the leading action based practitioners from Europe and further afield.

Speaking at the launch of the conference Bill Liao commented that “When economies contract new opportunities spring up - now is the time to get a head start and events like this can make all the difference”.

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