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By: Cork Opencoffee  05/12/2011
Keywords: Networking

This week’s Cork Open Coffee is on at The Bodega this friday at 10:15am
There are no presentations or demos lined up this week, just open networking.

Want to talk at Open Coffee?
If you would like to give a talk or show off a new product for some feedback

Talk to you all on Friday

Genesis Recuritment Programme

Genesis – Turning Ideas into Real Business
CIT now recruiting for 2011 Genesis Enterprise Programme

How do you turn your idea into a real business? When it comes to starting or expanding your business, it’s usually not the idea that fails but the execution that wins. To survive and win in today’s global markets, Irish start-ups need to be expert not just in the idea or product but also in designing and executing the business around the idea. The highly successful Genesis Enterprise Programme helps entrepreneurs develop their ideas into real exporting businesses. Genesis is now recruiting entrepreneurs for its new 2011/12 programme commencing in May 2011.

Now in its 14th year, Genesis has a proven track record in helping over 180 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. And, the real measure of its success is that more than 70% of the start-up businesses who emerged from the Genesis programme are in operation five years on, employing well over 1,200 people in the South West of Ireland. At a time when exports have never been so important to the future of our economy, over 50% of the businesses emerging from Genesis are selling to customers in international markets. Many have become Enterprise Ireland “High Potential Start-Ups” and raised significant angel and venture capital investment.

Putting the Programme into real terms, some well-known businesses that started life in Genesis include Abtran, Crest Solutions, Cully & Sully, Comnitel/IBM, Eolas International, Ferfics, Radisen Diagnostics, Treemetrics, Weddingdates.ie, and Wavebreak Media. The emphasis of Genesis has always been to support high value, knowledge based Irish owned businesses, which have the potential to scale into export markets and create employment in Ireland. Genesis works with start-ups across a diversity of sectors including energy and environmental, food, photonics, information technology, mechanical engineering, medical devices, biotechnology, media and internationally traded services.

So how does it work? Genesis is a 12-month, full time, rapid incubation programme that provides a comprehensive range of supports to innovative start-ups to help them establish their business successfully in a planned and focused environment. Over the duration of the programme they will be presented with the practical skills, expertise, contact networks and tools necessary to develop an idea into a solid real business.

Participants learn through seminars, workshops, clinics, mentoring and peer learning meetings. Business milestones are set for their development and their progress is guided by a dedicated Programme Manager, Denise Kennedy, and the experienced Rubicon team and its wider network of experts, as well as ready access to the programme partners including Cork Institute of Technology, Enterprise Ireland and the Cork City & County Enterprise Boards. Along the way, they learn how talk to the market, raise investment capital and launch their product/service in the marketplace. Information and access to sources of business funding is one of the most critical areas that Genesis works with start-ups on. Participants can work at their own location or take advantage of free office facilities in the Rubicon Centre, Ireland’s largest incubation centre, embedded on campus in the Cork Institute of Technology.

The work of the Genesis Enterprise Programme and Cork Institute of Technology in developing entrepreneurs in Ireland was recognised in the EU’s European Enterprise Awards 2010 in Madrid. Genesis won an award for best practice in enterprise development from a field of over 300 projects across 28 countries.

Genesis attributes its success in enabling the emergence of new companies to its significant experience gained from a 14 year history of working with start ups and the rich entrepreneurial environment that has grown up around the programme. Genesis participants can leverage and learn from the network of past participants operating both in the Rubicon Centre and beyond in the South West region, the practical expertise of one-to-one clinics and mentors and to the resources of the programme partners in Cork Institute of Technology, Enterprise Ireland and the Cork City & County Enterprise Boards.

The Programme is funded by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013.

The workshops, which are open to the public are free of charge and one will take place in Cork as follows:

Cork: 9th April 11.00 am, National Software Centre Campus, Mahon.

The workshop will last for about two hours and promises to be a lot of fun as well as being informative and helpful.

If you would like to attend, please leave a comment below this post so we can get an idea of numbers of people to seat and give tea and coffee to!

Who should attend?

  • People interested in innovation or ideation
  • People considering entering an idea into Your Country, Your Call
  • Business owners
  • People thinking of starting a business

An event is also taking place in Dublin, if that suits you better:

Dublin: 15th April, 6.00pm, Irish Times Headquarters, Tara Street, Dublin 2.

Hi OCCers!

This weeks Cork Open Coffee Club is on in the Rubicon Centre in Bishopstown, near CIT Campus. Please note that parking is limited at the moment due to building works so you may have to park in the CIT overflow car park.

Usual time: 10am – 12pm.

Roland Steinmetz from Shared Visions will be running Virtual Open Coffee (VOCC) again this week after the success of the last session.

If you can’t attend in person, be there virtually! You will have to accept a download and if you want to participate, plug in headset and camera before entering the meeting. This is PC only – no Mac or Linux at the moment unfortunately. Here is the link for the #vocc for Friday: http://www.nefsis.com/join.html?dn=OCC

Roland will talk briefly at the beginning of the session to introd! uce the concept (he has promised us he won’t do sales!) just neutral benefits about savings in time, expenses and high end remote communication.


We are always looking for speakers for our demo slots so if you (or anyone you know) has a new start up business idea and wants to get feedback from like-minded entrepreneurs, please do get in touch. We request that no sales-pitches are done in these sessions, but they are used as a way to brainstorm about your idea/technology and make suggestions. These usually last no more than 15/20 mins presentation and 10/15 mins Q&A.

Many thanks,

Ciara Crossan

It was an excellent presentation, David covered a lot of very relevant topics focused on those in commercial software development in a short time.

Davids presentation was called The Creation, Protection and Exploitation of Software – A Practical and Non-Harming Legal Review and covered the following areas:

- Legal background to ownership of software – VCs and The Exit Strategy
- Protection and Infringement of software
- Exploitation of software – how to get it right from the very start

A practical and commercial legal review aimed at software developers and those dealing in IT contracts.

Thank you all for attending.

This weeks OCC is “coffee in the city” – we’re going to go back to Nosh and Coffee, on Carey’s Lane, near Paul Street Shopping Centre.

Friday 17th April 10am – 12pm.

No formal demos planned as we are in a coffee shop, but open networking and idea-sharing will abound as always

Hope to see you all there tomorrow and feel free to bring any friends or other interested parties, ALL WELCOME.

Kindest Regards,


Ciara Crossan
Rubicon Center

Cork OCC on Friday March 6th will be held in the Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown and we are delighted to welcome James Little, the External Liaison Officer at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, part of Computer Science Dept at UCC to present to us on how new businesses & entrepreneurs in the area could benefit from working with their local university.

Companies depend on innovation, yet how do you find this if you are thinking of starting or expanding a company? UCC may have the answer.

The government has been funding many research projects with the
university over the past five years. Most of these have been
established with the objective of a commercial outcome, yet the
Intellectual Property (IP), software and ideas can only be taken so far
within a university environment. It is the role of the University’s
Technology Transfer Office to bring these inventions out into the
commercial market place. This presents a real challenge, linking
entrepreneurs with ready available fully developed IP, which could
provide the seed for a start-up company, the refocus of an existing
company or an additional product to an established one.

James will outline the current mechanism within UCC for accessing and negotiating IP while disclosing one or two examples.

When?  Friday 6th March 10am – 12pm

Where? Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown, Cork

Tomorrow’s open coffee will be in Luigi Malones, opposite the Opera House in Cork.  There is no one scheduled for an official demo but with the Blog Awards being hosted in the Rebel County this weekend we will be delighted to hopefully welcome a few new blogger faces to Open Coffee.

See you all there!

Ciara Crossan

Happy New Year to all, hope you are refreshed, revived and full of vigor and enthusiasm for what 2009 has to offer all of us flegling businesses in the Cork area!

The first OCC of 2009 is on this Friday, the 9th January  in the Rubicon Centre in CIT at our usual time of 10am-12pm.

We want to have a brainstorming session for ideas for improvements for the group itself or ideas of events/additions that we can implement in 2009. So have a think over the next few days and come armed with fresh ideas!

If anyone would like to take the demo slot, please leave a comment below.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. As always, OCC is OPEN, so  if you know of any other businesses or individuals who might be interested in coming along, please forward them this post.

See you Friday!


We’ve just had a fantastic 2008 in OCC and I think we can make it even better in 2009. A few quick thoughts as we race towards the end of the year.

  • OCC only works because of the attendees. Thanks to everyone who even attended one session this year.
  • Ciara and Gordon are doing a fantastic job re-invigorating OCC. I should have asked for their help earlier!
  • I’ll post at least three months of dates for 2009 shortly. The Rubicon ones will obviously be fixed location. The other ones will continue to rotate between locations like Luigi’s and NSC etc.
  • We’ll run one brainstorming OCC soon where everyone’s ideas for improving OCC can be discussed
  • Phoebe Bright has come up with the great idea of collecting a list of common challenges (e.g. SEO) and running group self-help sessions on them.
  • We’ll have more one-off special OCCs like the Tom Keane one during the year. Details TBA. Thanks again to John Fitzgerald for arranging the Tom one.
  • Thanks to everyone who sponsored coffee and hosted events during the year.
  • An extra special thanks to the Rubicon Centre for being our base. That’s Paul, Margaret, Maeve and Felix.
  • Don’t forget the Demo Slots. They can be used to propose product/business ideas too, you don’t have to have anything to show.
  • Have a great New Year.

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