image Everything is locked and loaded for BizSparkCamp Dublin on March 8th at the Radisson Hotel on Golden Lane.

As part of the local BizSpark programme, Microsoft Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and TechLudd are delighted to announce BizSparkCamp 2010 featuring Innovate! PitchSlam – an event designed to help accelerate Irish Startups’ businesses and provide the opportunity to be identified as one of the world’s most promising technology start-ups. This day-long conference will run on Monday, March 8th (doors open 9am) in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin’s city centre. Entrance is free of charge.

Register here: http://techludd.com/events/bizsparkcamp-registration/

BizSparkCamp Sessions/Speakers include:

  • Julie Sinnamon and Colm MacFhionnlaoich from Enterprise Ireland will be providing advice for getting access to funding and new markets (UK, US and further abroad).
  • Brian Caulfield will be joining us once again to give some key insights into the local VC landscape with tips on how to maximise your chances of securing VC funding. He will be joined by Shay Garvery from Delta Partners and Diane Roberts from HBAN.
  • Mike Sigal from early stage analyst firm Guidewire Group, organisers of Innovate!, will be giving an overview of the Guidewire Group’s G/Score Assessment Methodology, an analytical tool to help you understand your competitive strength and market position.
  • Caroline Egan and Nigel Turner from The Open Borders Group have worked with many Irish companies helping them to enter the UK market and partner successfully with the Microsoft UK channel. They will speaking on how to expand your business internationally and the best ways to build partner strategies.
  • Through the new BizSpark EUGA program, Microsoft Ireland are providing support for BizSpark companies interested in accessing local and EU grants, providing a facilitated application process to make applying for these funds easier.  Grants covered by EGUA include ICT infrastructure, training, R&D and recruitment. Nicky Martin from Affect Network will be covering how BizSpark can help you access these grants.
  • Caelen King (RevaHealth), Ray Nolan (HostelWorld.com), Aidan Gallagher (InishTech), Alan Coleman (GetItKeepIt.com), Ciaran Dynes (Progress Software), Siofra Flood (Legal Consultant) and Brian Moroney (Mercatus) will all be sharing their stories from the trenches and giving their best advice on how to access capital and new markets in today’s challenging climate.

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Innovate!100 PitchSlam

In addition to the planned BizSpark sessions, we have invited local Bizspark companies to participate in Innovate!2010 – a global competition to identify and accelerate the Innovate!100: The World’s 100 Most Promising Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Startups. Microsoft BizSpark has partnered with early stage analyst firm Guidewire Group to bring you opportunities for expert feedback & validation, global exposure, cash and in-kind prizes, qualified introductions to potential partners and investors, and the possibility of being named one of the Innovate!100: The World’s 100 Most Promising Startups.

 

The schedule is below – it’s a very full day, followed by a drinks reception in the evening.

Start

End

Track 1 - Access to Capital

Track 2 - Access to Markets

09:00

09:20

Registration

09:20

09:40

Welcome and Introduction
Cliff Reeves - Microsoft Global GM, Entrepreneur Community

09:40

09:50

Room Change

09:50

10:30

EI Funding & Best Practices
Julie Sinnamon - Executive Director, Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland

Stories from the trenches - Breaking into New Markets with Web Business Models
Caelen King - CEO RevaHealth

10:30

11:10

EUGA - BizSpark Service to help Startups get grants
Nicky Martin - Affect Network

Stories from the trenches - The new opportunities with SaaS
Aidan Gallagher - CEO Inishtech

11:10

11:30

Break

11:30

12:10

Stories from the trenches - Best Practices for Getting Funded
Brian Caulfield

Building effective partner strategies and routes to market
Caroline Egan -  The Open Borders Group

12:10

12:50

Stories from the trenches - Saving Time and Money on Due Dilligence
Siofra Flood - Legal Consultant

International Expansion - Best Practices
Nigel Turner - The Open Borders Group

12:50

13:30

Stories from the trenches - Get the 'boring stuff' right!
Brian Moroney - CEO Mercatus

Stories from the trenches - Operating Abroad (From Product Development to Sales)
Alan Coleman - GetItKeepIt.com

13:30

14:20

Lunch

14:20

15:00

Your G-Score & BizSpark Exchange - Maximise your chances of getting funding from BizSpark VC Network Partners
Mike Sigal - Founder and CEO of The Guidewire Group

Stories from the trenches - Accessing New Markets
Ray Nolan - Founder of HostelWorld.com

15:00

15:40

Panel Discussion - Entering new markets
Ray Nolan, Colm MacFhionnlaoich (EI), Ciaran Dynes (Progress Software), Caroline Egan (TOBG)

15:40

16:00

Break

16:00

16:50

Panel Discussion - Best bets for Funding in Today's Economic Climate
Shay Garvey (Delta Group); Diane Roberts (HBAN), Brian Caulfield,  Caelen King, (RevaHealth)

16:50

17:00

PitchSlam Set-up

17:00

18:00

PitchSlam (1)

18:00

18:20

Break

18:20

19:10

PitchSlam (2)

19:10

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Networking