Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Finance are hosting the World Bank / IFC in Dublin next Tuesday 19 June for a Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets seminar. The focus of this event is investment and procurement opportunities within the World Bank group of organisations.
The event will be held on Tuesday 19 June 2012, 08.30h to 17.30h in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2 and will be opened by the Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan TD.
This seminar will be of interest to companies who are interested to learn more about:
- Emerging market trends and opportunities
- The World Bank Group
- Introduction to the IFC – its role, objectives, value proposition, financial products and services
- The role of MIGA
- How Enterprise Ireland, IFC and MIGA can support Irish companies in the emerging markets
- Procurement opportunities at the World Bank Group
ICT is the focus of one of the parallel sessions at 13.30. Jennifer Condon (Divisional Manager, International Traded Services & Software) is facilitating and presenting sector profile & EI supports at this session.
08:15 Registration and Coffee 08:50 Opening Remarks, Department of Finance 09:00 Key Note Address: Opportunities for Investment and Growth in Global Markets, Mr Michael Noonan, TD, Minister for Finance 09:15 Welcoming remarks, World Bank 09:30 Trends and opportunities in Emerging Markets, IFC 10:15 Introducing the IFC 11:30 The Role of MIGA 12:15Enterprise Ireland 12:30 Lunch 13:30 Parallel Break-out Sessions (Opportunities in the ICT sector/Agri-business sector/Energy sector) 15:00 Parallel Break-out Sessions (Procurement Opportunities with the World Bank Group / Opportunities in Africa / Opportunities inAsia 16:00 Networking
For further information, please contact Evelyn Smith (01) 727 2717
BDO has worked with many EI Clients as part of their fundraising efforts. We’re hosting our 2012 Technology Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 24th April. The briefing is specifically aimed at scaling companies aiming for growth within the technology sector
We (in conjunction with UCD Smurfit Business School) recently conducted a survey of over 100 technology firms. The survey (which will be launched at the briefing) includes information on Growth & Emerging Markets, Risks, Funding and Exit Strategies. (link to invitation – pdf)
Guest speakers giving real life and practical insights on the day include;
Maurice Mortell, Telecity Group
Maurice Roache, Delta Partners &
Conor O’Reilly, Magnet Networks
The event will be held on the morning of Tuesday 24th April at BDO, Beaux Lane House, Mercer Street Lower, Dublin 2. There will be breakfast and networking from 7.30am until 8.00am and then presentations with Q&A until 9.30am.
The event is free of charge, however, access to this event is strictly based on pre-registration, space is limited with priority given tosenior management in companies operating in the technology sector. Please be sure to RSVP to Gillian Murtagh by email at email@example.com or by phone at (01) 470 0505, if you wish to attend.
ICHEC are hosting a free workshop for financial sector companies where invited speakers will outline the rapid changes in hardware technology and where computing can utilise this hardware to have a profound impact on their business. From front to back-office, from portfolio construction to trade execution, from data capture to quarterly reports – there are business processes that are inherently parallel and amenable to high performance computing.
The financial industry, like other industries is increasingly concerned about the transfer of data into information, information into action, and action into profit. There are two forces acting upon the financial industry, firstly the need to reduce the time to get things done and secondly the need to expand the amount of work done in that time.
This seminar will introduce how your company can leverage current off-the-shelf hardware to tackling uncertainty. It does so by highlighting where and how this has already done with practical examples. International speakers will discuss where this technology is:
Reducing risk (by knowing more, by providing more detail, by dealing with larger amounts of data)
Getting to answers faster (this can be reducing cost or dealing faster with market uncertainties)
Making better utilisation of existing IT infrastructures (leveraging existing hardware resources more efficiently and more effectively to tackle problems)
Despite a tough economic climate the Canadian financial services market has weathered the storm better than most, and ranks amongst the most stable and highly regulated countries in the world. Canada’s financial services industry is world-class and globally oriented, with over $60 billion in acquisitions outside Canada since 2000. Canadian financial institutions continue to invest in new technologies and software.
Being based in EI’s Toronto Office , I’m delighted that we’ll be able to showcase some of these opportunities in Dublin at the ‘Doing Business with Canadian Financial Services‘ event in EI Eastpoint on the 26th January at 11am (more details below, signup link here, places are limited). The seminar is aimed at for Irish companies who are interested in doing business with the Canadian financial services sector and will offer you strategic advice on tendering, partnering and advice on selling into the various institutions.
The event will be moderated by Chuck Wilson, a Senior Financial Services Executive based in Toronto. Bank of Montreal (BMO), one of the top tier Canadian banks will also be represented on the panel. The session will be an interactive discussion on the Canadian financial services landscape, challenges facing the banks and institutions in Canada and address potential opportunities for technology companies in 2012 onwards.
People that you can learn from at the session;
Chuck Wilson, Senior Financial Services Executive With almost thirty years of senior level financial services experience, Chuck brings extensive knowledge in the banking and insurance sectors. With a background as an executive at RBC Royal Bank; Country Manager for a retail banking consultancy and technology provider; Independent Consultant; Insurance company CEO; and most recently as a senior executive with Aon Corporation; his perspectives will help participants understand the unique nuances of the Canadian financial services landscape.
Philip McAuliffe, Technology Head, Institutional Equity Products and Financial Products, Bank of Montreal Philip heads up a Technology unit at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto, with responsibility for Equity and Financial Products. Prior to joining BMO in 2010 Philip worked with Davy Stockbrokers for 11 years. From 1992 – 1999 he worked for Bank of Ireland in their Technology division
If you’re interested in learning more, click on this link to register, or contact Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thursday, 26 January 2012 Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Location: Enterprise Ireland, The Plaza, Eastpoint Business Park Enterprise Ireland,
10.30am – Registration / Refreshments
11am – Introduction by Chuck Wilson
11.30pm – 1.00pm – Presentations by panellists and subsequent Q and A
1pm – Lunch .
Participation Fee: The participation fee for the workshop is €100 per company.
It’s always good to get something of value for (almost) nothing, which is why the next free workshop/networking session in Enterprise Ireland’s Finance 4 Growth series is something we’d all need to be mindful of. Taking place on two separate half-days (November 24th/25th) in two different locations (Dublin and Shannon), the participants will, ideally, be Finance Directors/CFOs/CEOs of established SMEs. HPSUs that have been generating sales revenue for at least twelve months are also invited to attend.
The topic is Succession Planning, which focuses on how to approach a business succession event by formulating a well structured plan that incorporates a comprehensive financial model of your current position, income requirements and business worth, thereby ensuring the long term future of your organisation. The event’s primary speaker is Niall Glynn, a partner in the Private Business tax division, a specialist in wealth management and asset protection, capital taxes, domestic corporate reorganisations and shareholder issues, and the author of ‘Planning for Family Business Succession’. Within the sessions is a CFO Forum, which provides everyone an opportunity to discuss any current issues facing their company. If there is a particular topic that you would like discussed at the sessions please inform us when completing the registration form.
The session in Shannon takes place on Thursday November 24th in the Atlantic Suite, Westpark Business Park; the session in Dublin takes place on Friday November 25th in Conference Rooms 1& 2, Eastpoint Business Park, Clontarf. Click here to register your attendance at either event . Both days commencesat 8am. The workshops start at 8.30am and conclude at 12.45pm. Be advised that places for each session are limited, and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
12 Irish Companies are Exhibiting on the Enterprise Ireland Stand@ Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco. Watch the video to see why LookupPoint, CampusIT, Qumas, Structure 101, Vordel, Ocuco, iQuate, Mapflow, Rockall, FeedHenry, Openet and WhiteHouse are investing their time in coming to the event.
As the world heads into another period of uncertainty, Australia’s economic fundamentals remain healthy, if not immune to the winds of change affecting the Northern Hemisphere. Low Government debt, unemployment at around 5%, legislative initiatives that continues to drive a signficantly healthy spend on IT – all this means that in the words of one local commentator “If you choose where to be in the developed world, it is here”.
Enterprise Ireland’s Software mission in September may be an opportunity for you to avail of EI’s extensive network across the ICT sector and develop a new business strategy to support growth of your business Down Under.
Australia has proven to be one of the economies most resilient to the worldwide economic downturn. GDP growth from June 2009 to June 2010 was measured at 3.3% according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The strong growth in recent years is underpinned by strong commodity exports and a very healthy financial services sector. (more…)
This is a guest post by Brendan Binchy of ROCG, who spoke on corporate structure and strategy at two recent EI events. Here , Brendan talks about the impact of the recent Irish budget will have on the structure of your business.
The last budget heralded in a new business environment that will evolve and crystallise over the next few years. Like most significant change events many will only become aware of the changes when their own enterprise is impacted (or even compromised!) in some way by what has become a new or different business norm.
In my view a real point of strategic inflection occurred when the gap between personal taxes and corporate taxes widened, in that budget, to such a significant extent that when married to the more punitive restrictions imposed on corporate cash extraction through pension funding, it has heralded in an era where the incorporated entity has become ‘king’. Putting the low corporate taxation rate to one side, the Ireland of the past was dominated by tax breaks and reliefs which were largely focused on benefitting the individual rather than the incorporated entities right across the continuum that ranged from pensions to property reliefs.
In a period when credit was freely available this often meant that many investments and arrangement were made personally by individuals but were interwoven in some way with the incorporated business. Just fine when the economy and business is booming but not so good when both constrict – many a corporate nest is now looking for some of the golden eggs to be returned to the laying hen only to find they are too tarnished to be of any use!
So how will the new era of Corporate emphasis manifest ? Well watch out for some of the following indicators:
At some point in their life entrepreneurs need money. Many would say at all points in their life. And when they need it they could use lots of it. They talk about what they could achieve if they had millions at their disposal. This inevitably leads to them to consider Venture Capitalists. We all know the stories about entrepreneurs who raise €5m and sell their company a few short years later for a €100m. What it is about these select few entrepreneurs that makes them successful in raising venture capital?
As part of its Finance for Growth Workshop series, Enterprise Ireland will host free half day workshops in two locations (Shannon and Dublin) on Wednesday May 18th and Thursday May 19th. Target participants are, ideally, the Finance Director/CFO of established SMEs, or where there is no internal finance function, then the CEO. HPSUs, which have been generating sales revenue for at least one year, are also welcome.
The event in Shannon will take place at Westpark, Shannon, while the Dublin event takes place in Eastpoint Business Park, Clontarf. Registration on both days starts at 8am, the workshops will commence at 8.30am, and the event will conclude at 12.45pm.
The main speaker at both events will be Dr. Frank Devitt, Head of the Department of Design and Innovation at NUI Maynooth’s School of Business. He will speak about how to critically assess new product innovation projects, and how to evaluate and prioritise multiple projects in a company’s product innovation portfolio. The emphasis of his presentation will be on identifying and managing acceptable risk for a new product development in a medium sized business.
Other speakers will include (at Shannon) Colm Leen, from Carbery Ltd, who will share his experience on Product Innovation from a financial perspective, and (at Dublin) Damien Flanagan, Manager at KPMG, who will discuss R&D Tax Credits and the implications for cashflow. EI speaker at both events will be Rowena Elliott, who will highlight various EI supports available to support innovation in client companies.
To register your attendance at this event, which has limited places, click here. Please point out what date/location you will be attending.