Archive for February, 2011

Mr. China brings contagious energy to Tralee

February 25, 2011

On Wednesday, 24th February, Cork man Liam Casey made international headlines when his company PCH International raised another $26 Million from investors. On Thursday, 25 February, Mr. China made a trip to Tralee, Co. Kerry to speak to participants on the Endeavour Programme.

And it's no exaggeration to say it was the most inspiring 90 minutes I've ever sat through. Arriving at 8pm, after a long drive from Cork, Casey took the floor and didn't stop talking until 9.30pm. But it felt like 5 minutes. The most enjoyable bit was when Casey recounted how he got his start by doing every thing necessary to take advantage of a business opportunity (including forgoing a night's sleep and speculatively hopping on a plane to the other side of the world). 

More than anything else the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 exhudes what is surely an entrepreneur's greatest quality – energy. Infectious, contagious, can't keep-it-in energy. You'd think the man would have been tired after was was surely a whirlwind few days, but no. He didn't want to stop talking! I'm sure he'd have gone on for another hour had the facilitator not brought a sympathetic end to proceedings.

If you ever get the opportuity to hear Liam Casey speak make sure you take it. 

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miLKlabs tour of 091labs in Galway

February 10, 2011

miLKlabs is our brand new maker-space in Limerick – a place for creative people of all backgrounds to work on projects together.

On Tuesday evening seven members made a field-trip to our sister space in Galway – 091labs. There we heard an informal talk by a young Australian entrepreneur before taking a tour of the building and then enjoying a very pleasant 'round-table' discussion in a wonderfully comfy and relaxed environment.

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Photo by Gabriela Avram

As late as it was when we were leaving you got the feeling that things were only getting started, with carpenters, electricians, painters and programmers deep in discussion and work.

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Photo by Gabriela Avram