Sharing the secret of business success with others
A unique event which sees prominent and successful Irish entrepreneurs share their secret success tips with small and medium firms is getting the Hollywood treatment.
The Xchange - a mix of mentoring and networking held over 24 hours - has the single aim of sharing information and stories of success with participating businesses, so they leave better equipped to tackle the challenges facing them.
This isn’t another ‘startup’ get together: it’s for people who are already running good businesses across Sligo and the North West; probably doing a lot of things right, but other things not so well.
The Xchange allows business owners to engage with a group of successful entrepreneurs and executives, pick their brains and, during exclusive one-on-one sessions, ask them for advice, tips, shortcuts, goal-setting and their dos and don’ts.
This year’s Xchange will feature Paul Young, the co-founder of the two-time Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny and acclaimed film director Conor McDermottroe, whose latest film ‘Halal Daddy’ was released earlier this year, starring Art Malik, Sarah Bolger and Colm Meaney.
The pair will share their silver screen secrets and offer businesses and entrepreneurs key insights into topics including the business of fundraising and handling investors.
The Xchange, which is now in its fourth year, takes place this year on October 5 th and 6 th 2017 in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ballincar.
It is now open for companies to register their interest at www.thexchange.ie/apply
Other attendees include Programme Director of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Sean Duffy, CEO of LotusWorks Fergal Broder, serial entrepreneur and Ticketmaster founder Tommy Higgins, Grainne Kelly of Bubblebum and Emma Coogan of Articulate.
As well as a gala dinner on October 5 th, participants will be treated to a talk by motivational speaker and networker Kingsley Aikins of Disapora Matters. Breakout sessions will cover topics such as Brexit, leadership and market opportunities.
LotusWorks CEO Fergal Broder said those attending would reap real benefits.
“The Xchange is about bringing established entrepreneurs into a setting to meet with successful entrepreneurs.
“We love doing what we are doing but inevitably we face challenges.
“This event allows us to share stories and learn from mistakes others made.
“A problem shared is problem halved. If you are facing challenges in growing your business, don’t miss this unique opportunity to benefit from the insights and experiences of others in an inspirational, high energy and supportive environment,” he said.
Ian Brannigan, head of the Western Development Commission ( WDC), said: “Pairing emerging businesses with some of the most successful business leaders in the region is a recipe for success.
“Rather than the Dragons’ Den, this has been a real ‘Dragons’ School’ for numerous developing businesses in the Western region.”
Aidan Doyle, CEO of Sligo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “This is really a wonderful opportunity for seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs to share knowledge, skills and experience while promoting the region as a place in which to do business.”
Paul Young (above) and (below) Aidan Doyle, CEO Sligo Chamber Karen Sweeney, Western Development Commission and Ticketmaster founder Tommy Higgins