The Entrepreneur Experience 2012


Kinsale Rocks to the Entrepreneur Experience 2012

5th April 2012- The Entrepreneur Experience rocked Kinsale from Friday March 30th to Saturday March 31st. The great and the small descended on Kinsale for an incredible weekend of openness, sharing of ideas and business advice. Sean O’Sullivan, SOSventures and recently on RTE’s Dragons Den was a surprise guest at the Entrepreneur Experience dinner, also attended by Minister for Small Business John Perry TD. Sean gave the closing keynote presentation on ‘The Entrepreneurs’ Mindset’ on Saturday. He shared inspiring thoughts on his experience in the fields of conflict and in business.

Sean O’Sullivan, SOSventures, commented that “I loved the Entrepreneur Experience. It reaffirms the things all successful entrepreneurs know: leadership drives success, and leadership comes through relationships and team development. The Entrepreneur Experience gives entrepreneurs a leg-up on living a more vital life.”

Joining us on the Saturday was also our youngest Entrepreneur, Harry Moran (13), developer of his PizzaBot game. Harry gave a short presentation of his success with CoderDojo and becoming the world's youngest Mac App developer

Michael O'Connor, CorkBIC; Michael Barrett, St Killian Candle Company; Minister for Small Business John Perry TD and Jim Breen, PulseLearning (CorkBIC Board member)

The Entrepreneur Experience is an exclusive deep coaching session where over 24 hours, 23 Emerging Entrepreneurs from all areas of business were coached by 24 of Ireland’s most successful business leaders. Each of the 23 companies is at a different stage of development, including early stage, investor ready and companies scaling and growing.

Awards for outstanding contribution to each group were voted by the participants of each group; the awards were presented to Mark Buckley, Glowroute; David McCarthy, Incidentcontrolroom; John Dineen, learnpipe and Marcus Spillane, Deal Events.

Comments from other participants include:
“A safe environment for strategic contemplation” Joe Moore, Socowave
“This event will have the same effect on my business as deep heat has on an athlete” Grainne Kelly, Bubblebum
“I am humbled by what people (Seasoned Entrepreneurs) are willing to give back” John Dineen, learnpipe
“This is a room full of believers; passion is oozing out of everybody” Robert Leslie, GBR
“Life changing and game changing event” Fred Karlsson, Donedeal

A huge thank you to our partners:



Launcing the Entrepreneur Experience 2012

19th January 2012 - Minister for Small Business John Perry TD launched the Entrepreneur Experience® 2012. This is the second year of this fantastic 24 hour event, and is all about fast tracking Entrepreneurs’ ideas and propositions into real business opportunities, encouraging growth, delivering jobs and ultimately being part of Ireland’s regeneration. Described by George Lee, RTE as 'Sleepless in Garryvoe' on his Business Radio show (in 2011 it was held in Garyvoe, Co. Cork), this event is not for the faint hearted and is an amazing opportunity for Emerging Entrepreneurs to gain unparalleled access to some of Ireland's most successful business leaders.
Read the Full Press Release HERE

Where can I find out more?

Download the 2012 Entrepreneur Experience® Brochure HERE


How to Apply?

Download an Application form HERE

Fill it out in full and send it to Fionnuala at

Closing date for applications is Friday February 3rd 2012


Who should apply?

The Emerging Entrepreneurs will be divided into 3 categories:

  • New Project Entrepreneurs - Those who have an idea or action plan and want to get a sanity check.
  • Investor Ready Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneurs with a plan or business propostion that is 'investor ready' and to get a critical review of same
  • Entrepreneurs running an established Business - Entrepreneurs who want to scale or grow their busines and want to find out how to create, access and capture new opportunities.


Read all about the 2011 Entrepreneur Experience®

Some Comments from participants at The Entrepreneur Experience® 2011

Listen to RTE's George Lee interview with participants at the Experience

View some photos of the event



More details on the 2012 event will be posted shortly, for any urgent queries contact Fionnuala on or 021 2307014.

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