Ireland’s Economic Recovery and Challenges Ahead

Brexit and a sluggish global economy trigger new headwinds

18 July 2016
18:00

Hotel Parc Belle-Vue
(5 Avenue Marie-Thérèse, L-2132 Luxembourg)

Ireland has made remarkable progress in the past seven years to recover from the severe economic blow it suffered after the banking crisis and the property crash. Like Luxembourg, Ireland is a small open economy at the mercy of global events but now, just as the recovery was underway, turmoil in our nearest neighbour after the Brexit vote, on top of a sluggish global economy, have created fresh headwinds. Irish Minister of State Eoghan Murphy will review the progress made to date and the challenges ahead.

Programme:
18:00 – 18:30 Registration
18:30 – 19:30 Presentation by Minister of State Eoghan Murphy followed by Q&A
19:30 – 21:00 Reception

Eoghan Murphy is the Minister of State at the Irish Department of Finance, with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement.

Previously, Eoghan served on the Banking Inquiry, the Public Accounts Committee, the Dáil Reform Committee and as Head of the Oireachtas delegation to the OSCE.

Before politics, Eoghan worked for NGOs and the UN in the field of international arms control.

Event is free-of-charge
Registration at info@ilcc.lu


Innovation contest winners Largo Wind with Joe Huggard, Alan Ridgeway and Geoff Thompson of ILCC

Innovation Contest winner announced

Congratulations to Largo Wind, the winner of this year’s ILCC Innovation Contest. The winning pitch was about “connected rope” to help bring peace of mind to sailors around the world when they are far away from their yachts.

Many thanks to all 9 contestants who pitched their great ideas to our panel of dragons.

Many thanks to all 9 contestants who pitched their great ideas to our panel of dragons.

ILCC Innovation Contest 2016
Lux Future Lab (59 Bld Royal)
Monday, 9 May 2016
18:30

Following a highly-successful Call for Applications, the Ireland Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) is delighted to announce the Pitching Event of its 2016 Innovation Contest which will take place on Monday 9 May 2016 at 18:30 at Lux Future Lab (59 Bld Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg-Ville).

The finalist entrepreneurs in the 2016 ILCC Innovation Contest have 5 minutes to pitch their innovations – which cover a vast array of products and services. During the next 5 minutes, the Dragons can then ask questions to better understand the business concept. When all pitches have finished, the “Dragons” will deliberate to choose the best pitch(es) for the awarding of prizes. Judging criteria will be along the lines of Market Research, Prototype, Business Case and Financials, with the individual “Dragons” bringing their own market expertise to their critiques and decisions.

The pitching event will be followed by a networking reception during which the winning pitches will be awarded prizes from organisations including Enterprise Ireland, Bonn Steichen & Partners, The Huggard Consulting Group, The Corporate Horse Whisperer, LBAN, LuxFutureLab, nyuko, Silicon Luxembourg and Technoport. The main prize will be a trip to Dublin for two representatives of the winning project, including introductions to an innovation hub and other entrepreneurs there, with Enterprise Ireland facilitating introductions.

PROGRAMME:
18:30 Registration opens
19:00 Welcome / Introduction by Moderator
19:10 Keynote Address
19:30 Pitches
21:30 Networking Reception & Awarding of Prizes

Entry is free-of-charge.
Please note that space is limited so early registration is urged.

Register Here

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Innovation Contest is now Open

The Ireland-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) is organising its third Innovation Contest to promote the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship and pitching (business ideas), with the support of a number of other organisations including Enterprise Ireland. This year’s contest is going “back to basics” by focusing on early-stage start-ups where the entrepreneurs have formed their business ideas but not necessarily yet created their company.

Scope

Launched on Tuesday 15 March at 18:30 at NYUKO (121 rue de Hollerich, L-1741 Luxembourg-ville), with the Pitching Event scheduled for Monday 9 May, the ILCC Innovation Contest is based loosely on the Dragon’s Den concept of pitching ideas to potential investors with market experience. As long as the project would be operated from Luxembourg, is an early-stage start-up (<€50k raised) and has a technological component, there is no restriction as to business sector and whether it is product- or service-based, nor whether the participating entrepreneurs are ILCC members or not.

Joe Huggard introducing the ILCC Innovation Contest 2016How to Participate

Applicants need to demonstrate that they have covered the four basics:

  1. market research;
  2. product prototype;
  3. (financial) business plan; and
  4. have the ability to deliver a pitch.

Once you have ticked the four above boxes, please contact innovation@ilcc.lu with a brief outline of your business idea and the ILCC will be in contact with you. Please ensure that full applications are submitted by Wednesday 20 April 2016 for screening, so that entrepreneurs can be selected to pitch their ideas in front of the “Dragons” on 9 May 2016 (venue to be confirmed).

Pitching Event

The selected/screened entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of “Dragons”, each for a maximum 5 minutes. During the next 5-10 minutes, the “Dragons” can then ask questions to better understand the business concept. When all pitches have finished, the “Dragons” will deliberate to choose the best pitch(es) for the awarding of prizes. Judging criteria will be along the lines of the four basics detailed above, with the individual “Dragons” bringing their own market expertise to their critiques and decisions.

Prize-Giving

The pitching event will be followed by a networking reception during which the winning pitches will be awarded prizes from organisations including Enterprise Ireland, Bonn Steichen & Partners, The Huggard Consulting Group, The Corporate Horse Whisperer, LBAN, LuxFutureLab, nyuko, Silicon Luxembourg and Technoport, and possibly more…

ILCC Innovation Contest 2016

The Ireland Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) will launch its 2016 Innovation Contest on Tuesday 15 March 2016 at the premises of NYUKO (121 rue de Hollerich, L-1741 Luxembourg-ville). This is the third Innovation Contest the ILCC is organising. Previous winners were Wellvue in 2013 (at The Impactory) and Sponsor-My-Event in 2014 (at MUDAM within the Founders in a Castle event). At the 2016 launch event, details of the 2016 Innovation Contest will be unveiled, including eligibility criteria, information to be provided and prizes.

The formal part of the event will be followed by a networking cocktail.
Attendance is free-of-charge. To attend, the ILCC’s first of 2016, email: info@ilcc.lu.

Synopsis

The Ireland-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) is organising its third Innovation Contest to promote the concepts of innovation, entrepreneurship and pitching (business ideas), with the support of a number of other organisations including Enterprise Ireland. This year’s contest is going “back to basics” by focusing on early-stage start-ups where the entrepreneurs have formed their business ideas but not necessarily yet created their company.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
(STEM)
Education for Europe’s Future

Today, more than ever, education plays a hugely important role in economic prosperity and competitiveness, with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the forefront of innovation. Policymakers need to base decisions from research and development which will drive industry in the future, as well as education policy and curriculum choices for schools and universities. On the other hand, some might oppose what they see as Universities moving from their traditional role of higher learning to one of vocational teaching.

Keynote speaker, Patrick Prendergast, Provost at Trinity College Dublin, spoke on the subject of Education for Europe’s Future. You can read his complete speech here:

Education for Europe’s Future

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