Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, today [Thursday] has urged businesses to avail of the opportunity to attend a Government-sponsored free seminar, ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ which will resume again shortly with the first seminar taking place in the Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford on Thursday 22nd September 2011. Further seminars will take place in Sligo, Limerick and Athlone in the following months.
The seminar organised by the Patents Office, is aimed at small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and start-up companies in Waterford and surrounding counties..
Speakers include experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.
Minister Sherlock said: ‘This seminar presents a great learning opportunity for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and start-up companies who want to scale their businesses or turn their ideas into functioning enterprises.
‘The numbers attending these seminars around the country has been very encouraging and I’m told that there is a great air of positivity emanating from the seminars.
‘It is not generally known that over 80% of new inventions are derived from previous inventions, so during the seminar information will be provided as to where details of previous inventions can be sourced.
‘The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation.
‘It will examine how to convert an idea into a business opportunity, due diligence in setting up a business, an insight into what are patents, trade marks and industrial designs and how they should be managed.
‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now more than ever they need every support they can to start and grow,’ Minister Sherlock concluded.
Admission to the seminar is free but pre-registration with Waterford City Enterprise Board is required by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 051-852883.
The seminars run from 9.10am to 4.00pm and there will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers throughout the day and after the seminar from 4pm to 4.30pm.