Ambitious plans to develop a technology hub aimed at encouraging and supporting IT start-ups in Co Longford are being unveiled.
The initiative is being supported by Bank of Ireland and local accountancy firm, O’Brien & Co. Details of the plan will be outlined at an IT start-up seminar to be held in the Longford Arms on Tuesday, May 6 at 7.30pm.
Several speakers have been pencilled to address the event and these include Sunil Kumar of Chennai Research, who are already based in Templemichael Technology Park, and are championing the breakthrough HR management solution, Elephant Smart Business.
Another of the speakers is Co Longford resident, Mervyn Graham, who is a software business professional of 20 years, Founder of Zoosh Ltd. and equity investor in IT start-up companies. Mervyn and his team at Zoosh have recently invested in IT companies in the midlands and are pushing them towards the next level of investment.
The planned hub will offer start-ups office accommodation and support for a nominal weekly fee and as part of the initiative, leading Dublin based law firm Eversheds, will also address the evening. From Eversheds, Kate Colleary will explore the whole area of Intellectual Property, which is a critical factor for the success of a successful IT start-up.
The programme will also be supported by Bank of Ireland who have once again become increasingly active in the SME market and speaking on the night will be local branch manager, Benny O’Brien.
The event and IT hub concept is being supported by local accountants, O’Brien & Co, where Derek Scanlon, said that the planned hub might will be the security that a number of entrepreneurs need to kick-start their plans.
He told the Leader: “The hub will offer support on many levels. It gives them office space but also the support of fellow start-ups whilst we will also be tapping into successful start-ups for mentoring and advice.”
The hope is that the start-ups will quickly outgrow the hub and move into their own premises thus creating the space for the next wave of innovators. Added Derek Scanlon: “The talent and the ideas are out there. Sometimes they simply need to be nurtured or given that additional piece of support and advice. That is where the hub will come into its own.” If you would like to learn or hear from experienced professionals in the IT field, then come to the event on May 6 at 7.30pm sharp.