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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

UCD Smurfit Entrepreneurship Series Events in February 2016

Organised by Majella Murphy UCD College of Business Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Monday, 1st February: 19.00-20.30 in Lawrence Crowley Boardroom
Hear about start-up early stage and growth strategies with Justin Keating, co-founder and CEO Version 1 ( Version1 is one of the fastest growing IT services companies in Western Europe with over 700 employees, 8 International offices and €75m in annual revenue.
To register for this event:

Tuesday, 2nd February: 18.00-19.00 in MH102
Find out about a number of Student Entrepreneurship Competitions, including: EI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Enactus Social Entrepreneurship Competition, Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow programme and UCD Startup Stars competition.
To register for this event:

Tuesday, 9th February: 18.30 in Main Hall
Participate in an enaging and fiery debate on the topic "Do Irish governement policies and supports help or hinter entrepreneurs?". Niamh Bushnell (Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups), Chris Horn (co-founder and former CEO Iona Technologies, now Venture Partner at Atlantic Bridge Ventures) and Brendan Cremen (UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation) will share their opinions. Dr Bruce Martin (UCD Lecturer and Director of MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design) will moderate the evening's discussion. Note - additional panel members may be added.

Tuesday, 16th February: 18.30 in Main Hall
An evening focused on Social Entrepreneurship - what exactly is social entrepreneurship? who is involved in the eco-system? Meet a number of social entrepreneurs and find out how or why they became social entrepreneurs, what skills are required in their work and what "a day in the life" of a social entrepreneur is like.

Thursday, 25th February: 18.30 in Main Hall
A rare opportunity to listen to Trevor Parsons recount his story of the journey from a computer science PhD student at UCD to co-founder and CEO of Logentries which he sold to Rapid7 last year for €68m - one of the biggest spinouts ever from UCD.

Startup Grind in January:
Tuesday, 26th January: 18.30 at Google, Barrow Street
Fireside chat with Deborah Magid, Director of the IBM Venture Capital Group. Deborah is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fuelling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A.
To register for this event (with a Smurfit Student discount):