The Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) – Ireland’s largest enterprise centre and the ultimate start-up ecosystem – was in full swing this September.
A welcome addition to the usual calender of GEC events was The Pipeline Global Innovators Summit which welcomed over 50 US and 50 Irish entrepreneurs to participate in a three day business development programme. Investors and mentors including MIT and Kauffman Foundation engaged with the 100 high growth start-ups as part of the highly successful event.
In partnership with the INFE (Ireland National Foundation for Entrepreneurship) and GEN Ireland (Global Entrepreneurship Network), the Pipeline Summit was a chance for Irish entrepreneurs to build relationships with likeminded company founders from the USA. Offering three days of networking, master classes and social events, the event created the perfect backdrop for building relationships and executing business collaborations.
The week long trip to Ireland is part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pipeline Entrepreneurs – a network of successful founder CEOs from the USA. Jeff Hargroves, president and founder of ProPharma Group, a company posting $59m in annual revenue was one of the event delegates. Jeff was particularly excited about the prospect of collaboration, ‘’Ireland is known for its strength in pharmaceuticals and biotech, and is an ideal location for my company to expand its European operations. These business interactions could not be more timely for me and other Pipeline members contemplating European and global expansion.”
The very successful three days of events held in the GEC and around Dublin came to a climatic end on September 23rd as attendees fought to claim the ‘’Pipeline Cup’’ a Ryder Cup style golf championship held at Carton House, Maynooth.
Check out the GEC website for upcoming events or to contact us to arrange a visit!