The inaugural event which took place on 20th October 2023 in St Patricks College Carlow was a great success. It was a partnership with the County Carlow Chamber, Local Enterprise Office, Carlow Tourism, Network Ireland (Carlow), Carlow Libraries, Carlow County Development Partnership, KCETB (Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board), Carlow College, Bagenalstown Chamber of Commerce Group and SETU, with the support of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme
The day started with an owner-manager business breakfast titled ‘Inspiring peak performance breakfast’ with guests speaker Padraic Moyles. Padraic is a renowned figure in the world of dance, having served as a lead dancer, dance captain and currently director with the internationally-acclaimed Riverdance. He is also the head of performance at McNulty, where he continues to inspire individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. Padraic shared his personal journey, offering insights into achieving peak performance, maintaining motivation and fostering a culture of excellence.
The second event of the day was a ‘Start-up Showcase’, designed to support the exciting journey into the self-employed world of innovation, entrepreneurship and ground breaking ideas. The ‘Carlow Business Day Start-up Showcase’ was designed for individuals and organisations who are passionate about innovation and are looking to take their ideas to the next level.
The Event also featured presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities with some of the brightest minds in the start-up ecosystem. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs, connect with potential partners and investors and gain valuable insights into the start-up landscape.
speakers included Pearce Flannery giving a keynote address at the start. Pearce is the founder of the acclaimed Pragmatica organisation, a cutting-edge business consultancy renowned for its high impact training programmes. He is an experienced business leader, having held senior positions with a variety of multinational organisations. He is also a former winner of the Marketing Institute of Ireland’s Marketing Person of the Year award and was the winner of the PWC Young Entrepreneur of the Year.