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AIB Startup Academy Belfast Event

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AIB Startup Academy Event Belfast A great opportunity for startups in Northern Ireland.

Do you want to connect with like-minded start-ups?

Would you like the opportunity to receive export support?

Then look no further. In partnership with The Irish Times, AIB has established the 'AIB Startup Academy'- an initiative which gives local enterpreneurs support and guidance as well as the opportunity to collaborate with peers, experts, and mentors.


A key element of the initiative is a series of Start-up Nights which have been taking place across the island, bringing together a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors

These evenings have seen great success and now for the first time AIB Startup Academy will be hosting one in Northern Ireland!

The event will take place on Tuesday November 17th in McHugh’s Bar and Restaurant, Belfast at 6.30pm.

Start-ups, founders, entrepreneurs, business experts, and investors are all invited book their free spot now (look on the left side of the page for ticket registration).

What Can You Expect?

The event in Belfast will help local startup businesses grow and thrive by providing an environment where they can make useful connections with industry leaders, business angels, and like-minded entrepreneurs, as well as inspiration through a range of entrepreneurial stories.

There will be two guest speakers in attendance to share their wealth of expertise and knowledge of business.  

The speakers are:

  • Brendan Monaghan, Founder of local IT consultancy Neueda, who have just been shortlisted for the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards

  • Philip Bain from Shredbank, a leading on-site document shredding company.  Philip is also the author of a new book for entrepreneurs called ‘Start to Grow’, in which he chronicles his personal experience of launching and growing businesses.

In addition a trio of local startups will be given the chance to pitch their businesses to attendees!

Regional Manager at First Trust Bank Edel McCooe had this to say; “We are delighted that the AIB Start-Up Academy is coming to Belfast. From working with many local businesses and SME’s we know how creative and innovative our entrepreneurs are.   The AIB Start-Up Academy is a great forum for start-ups to develop their networks and hear the experiences of others.”

Expect a welcoming atmosphere, inspirational speakers, excellent networking, and plenty of opportunities to grow your business!   

(The Irish Times will be providing media coverage for the event, so be prepared to make the most of the publicity opportunities that will bring!)

Mentoring and Training Programme

Attendees can also apply for a place in the robust Start Up Academy mentoring and training programme delivered by Irish Times Training.

The eleven successful applicants will receive expert mentoring from AIB and a selection of media and business experts, in preparation to compete for the programme grand prize which has an estimated value of around €250,000.  This prize pot includes a €20k cash investment for the overall winner as well as an advertising and mentorship package for each runner-up.

If you would like to throw your hat in the ring, pop yourself over to the website and make an application

When and Where?

This AIB Startup academy networking event will have place on the 17h November in McHugh’s Bar, Belfast with a networking opportunities and hospitality from 6.30pm until 7:00pm when the evening will officially get under way!  The event is expected to wrap up at around 9:30pm.  

This event is free to attend and you can register now via Eventbrite!

AIB Startup Academy Event Belfast


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Published on: 10th November 2015

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