24th October 2012
• A major summit of global business leaders, high level executives, entrepreneurs and investors from US and Ireland will convene in Cork for the 2 day ITLG “Silicon Valley comes to Ireland” event on 21 and 22 January as part of The Gathering 2013;
• Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, UCC and CIT have partnered with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) to bring this international event to Cork;
• Confirmed speakers include Craig Barrett, ITLG Chairman & Former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corp., Barry O’Sullivan, Senior VP Cisco, Liam Casey, CEO PCH, James Herlihy, MD Deutsche Bank, Sean O’Donoghue, CTO Madison Square Garden, Rory McInerney, Intel and Una Fox, VP Disney among others;
• The event will include ‘fast pitch’ sessions for entrepreneurs, business start-ups and innovative businesses to pitch for investment, a technology showcase, University Challenge award and Technology Leaders Summit as well as a gala networking dinner. Companies should apply now to take part in the ‘pitch-camp’ sessions.
• This event is one of a series of initiatives to foster the recognition of Cork as a de facto European technology cluster and is being developed in collaboration with local industry and it@cork.
Cork is set to host the first major business event of The Gathering 2013 when the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Silicon Valley comes to Ireland summit takes place on 21 and 22 January 2013.
Following a mission to Silicon Valley earlier this year and meetings at the ITLG headquarters in San Jose, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, UCC and CIT have joined forces to bring this internationally renowned business event to Cork as part of the Gathering. This year’s summit will be truly global with technology leaders from Europe, China, Russia, India and across the Americas in attendance.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer said, “Cork has strong business links with Silicon Valley and we are delighted to deepen our relationship with US industry leaders while showcasing all that Cork has to offer in terms of a centre of excellence for innovation and commercialisation of new research as well as a great place to invest as a gateway to Europe. We are delighted to welcome the Irish Technology Leadership Group to Cork for the Silicon Valley comes to Ireland event”.
Hosted in venues across the city, the annual ITLG event will be led by former Intel Chairman and CEO, Craig Barrett, and will see the delegation of global business leaders and investors convene in Ireland for a 2 day summit of keynote presentations, panel debates and company showcases.
Indigenous companies in the fields of mobile technologies, cloud, biotech and convergent pharma, nanotechnology and renewable energies among others will be invited to pitch their business ideas to the international delegation of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
“We are looking forward to seeing Ireland’s most innovative and disruptive technologies at the ‘fast pitch’ sessions to be held at the Global Technology Leaders Summit in Cork. Those interested in pitching for investment from the global business leaders and investors should embrace the opportunity of the ITLG Silicon Valley comes to Ireland event and get in touch with us immediately”, said John Hartnett, CEO ITLG.
“This event reinforces Cork’s positioning as a great place for international business and world class innovation. There is a great opportunity for indigenous industry to meet and engage with international investors and business leaders and we’re looking forward to a very successful international business event being hosted here in Cork”, said Conor Healy, CEO Cork Chamber.
Speaking at the launch, City Manager Tim Lucey said, “Cork City Councils role in securing this major international conference for the city is further evidence of the Council’s continued expansionary and facilitative role in leading the drive for further growth of the Cork economy. In particular this event is of considerable benefit in showcasing Cork city as a world leading region, both in terms of being a location of significance for major international technology businesses and as a region of immense capacity and quality in R&D in areas such as ICT and Life Sciences”.
The City Manager also indicated that the future relationship of the City with the ITLG, through a formal Memorandum of Understanding on future engagement, will provide significant opportunity for leading edge SME’s to access advice, markets and venture capital opportunities in Silicon Valley, thus maximising the return from the expertise of the Irish business diaspora in this region of the USA.
Submissions are now being invited from organisations all over the island of Ireland for a chance to pitch to the international investors on 21 January 2013. A Global Technology Leaders Summit, University Challenge Award, and a Gala Networking Dinner will take place on Tuesday, 22 January 2012.
A number of collaboration opportunities to become involved in the 2 day event are currently on offer and interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.itlg.org