On Monday the 26th September, I attended the spirit of innovation talk in GMIT. When I first got there I was slightly intimidated as I was the only person in a school uniform, anybody else was a potential business owner wearing a suit, however, this played out to be an advantage to me for the rest of the evening.
When I looked at the stalls I learned a lot about the various businesses operating in Mayo.
Then came the talk itself.
There were 5 main speakers who each gave their own presentation, one was an American millionaire, one owned “The Food Store” in Claremorris, one was the assisting director in a Steel company, one was a man who developed a revolutionary piece of equipment for street lamps and one was the founding director of CBE, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of numerous point of sale products around the world. There was also a live Twitter competition for the tweet that got the most interaction, and one for the best question. The prize for these competitions was a gift basket from Rua cafe in Castlebar. I found this talk very interesting as in business, we tend to learn the theory side of starting a business (what forms have to be filled out, etc.), whereas this talk related more towards the promotional and personal side of starting a business.
Report submitted by Tom Baynes TY