Lucy McLean, a final year UCD Business & Law Student from Ballybofey, is the marketing Director for the Irish University Entrepreneurship Forum, a new initiative which aims to develop and encourage entrepreneurship in third level education.
The IUEF, which is non-profit and wholly student-run, is focused on providing a channel of communication between the business network in Ireland and active entrepreneurs at university level.
Lucy told the Democrat: “At the forum, on the evening of 29 March, eight student entrepreneurs will present their business by way of a five-minute presentation to an audience of business leaders. After the presentations, a Q&A discussion, coordinated by Ivan Yates, will be held in order to give the business leaders in attendance an opportunity to provide feedback and advice.
The winners of the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Niall Norton and Joe Hogan from Openet, will be guest speakers at the event.
Kevin Glynn, a Business & Law undergraduate at UCD and co-founder of the IUEF, comments on the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship among Irish students. “We felt there was a real need in Ireland to start promoting entrepreneurship at a younger age. I personally feel that the practical element of entrepreneurship is lacking throughout the education process. What the IUEF is providing is a platform for these young aspiring entrepreneurs to voice their opinions, ideals and beliefs on a national scale.”
Registration for the event is now open at www.iuef.ie and will remain open until February 29.
This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs as it enables them to generate the business contacts that will be key to their future success. Additional information is available on the IUEF website www.iuef.ie so if you have an idea we want to hear from you now!