Mayo Ideas Week to showcase the ‘Spirit of Innovation’

Seamus McCormack, John Magee, Joan Fahy and Maria Staunton at the launch of Mayo Ideas Week. Photo: Michael MacLaughlin

Seamus McCormack, John Magee, Joan Fahy and Maria Staunton at the launch of Mayo Ideas Week. Photo: Michael MacLaughlin

Mayo Ideas Week will run from September 26 to October 4 across the county, the event is a series of idea generation, entrepreneurship and business events hosted by the development and enterprise organisations.

The opening event of the week will take place on Monday September 26 in St Mary’s Hall, GMIT, with the Spirit event where the theme for this year’s Mayo Ideas Week of innovation will be discussed. The event will highlight successful innovators across Mayo and showcase key success factors for developing your business. The chairperson for the evening is Dr Rick Officer, vice president GMIT for Research and Innovation, and the event is being hosted by Mayo LEO and iHubs at GMIT, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, WestBIC, and Mayo Ideas Lab.

The key note speaker is Warren Tuttle, president of the US based United Inventors Association. Mr Tuttle speaks regularly on licensing and open innovation issues at inventor clubs, industry trade shows, and United States Patent and Trademark Office events. He is also director of access innovation solutions, an open innovation consulting firm helping product developer make money from their products, and helping client companies find new and innovative products they can take to market.

The event will also feature an “Innovation in Action” session showcasing key success factors for developing your business, with presentations from a number of innovative Mayo based entrepreneurs and companies including Gerard Concannon, (CBE Ireland ), Cathal Shevlin, (Shevlin Engineering ), Sean Noone, (WestIre ) and Niall Heffernan, (The Food Store ). A range of agencies and organisations supporting innovation will also be represented at the event. Places are limited for this event. To register contact (094 ) 9043198 or email: [email protected].

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