A chance to court Silicon Valley

Announcing the ' Global Technology Leaders Summit'  to be held in Limerick in January were John Hartnett, ITLG founder; Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, LIT president; and Con Murray, manager, Limerick Local Authorities. Pic: Kieran Clancy
 John Hartnett, ITLG founder; Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, LIT president; and Con Murray, manager, Limerick Council. Pic: Kieran Clancy

by Bernie English | bernie@limerickpost.ie

LIMERICK is set for a major opportunity to impress foreign investors and business leaders at the end of the month when the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) Forum takes place in the city.

Led by ITLG Chairman and Former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corp, Craig Barrett and Limerick man John Hartnett, Founder and CEO, ITLG, the delegation from Silicon Valley will include top executives from the global tech sector including CISCO, Intel, DELL, Disney, AOL and many more.

Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), University of Limerick (UL), Shannon Airport and Limerick Chamber have partnered with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) to bring the Forum to Munster.

The event, which will be held on January 27 and 28 next, will enable Irish executives in early stage companies to meet and collaborate with leading international figures, expanding their network, creating new business opportunities and US market opportunities to drive job creation in the region.

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Startups and entrepreneurs will also have the chance to pitch for investment s well as access to leading experts in IP and commercialisation of research.

“This is a homecoming not only for me, but for many members of the ITLG delegation”, explained John Hartnett, CEO of ITLG.  “The Limerick and Shannon region has very strong ties with Silicon Valley, and showcasing the indigenous talent and innovation, while engaging with US investors and tech leaders will serve both our regions exceptionally well in terms of future growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and investment”.

Conn Murray, Manager/CEO, Limerick City and County Council, welcomed the ITLG Forum returning to Limerick;

“Our Region is a natural gateway for US access to Europe with an infrastructure that supports innovation and commercialisation of research, as well as being an ideal location in which to invest”, he said.

Hosted in venues across the city, the two-day event will kick off with the ITLG Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, as well as the pitch camps sessions at LIT on January 27.  A VIP Dinner will be held in the unique setting of LIT’s School of Art and Design on the eve of the forum. The Global Technology Forum will then take place at University of Limerick on January 28, and will include keynote presentations and panel debates.

The Forum will be followed by a Gala Networking Dinner at the Strand Hotel, with a keynote address by Craig Barrett, Chairman of ITLG.