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‘Entrepreneurs Live’ urges people to ‘just start’

The theme of the NovaUCD ‘Entrepreneurs Live’ series launched by Dr John O’Dea, founder of biomedical company Crospon, is setting up and running a company in challenging times.


The aim of this series is to encourage would-be entrepreneurs to ‘just start’ their businesses. The overall objective of the ‘Entrepreneurs Live!’ initiative is to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship among the academic, research and student populations at University College Dublin and beyond.

Each of the four speakers in the current series will share their experiences in setting-up and running successful enterprises especially in challenging economic times. The speakers will also emphasise the lessons they have learnt and reveal the highs and lows that they have encountered along their entrepreneurial journeys. After each seminar attendees will have an opportunity to ask them questions.

Export-orientated businesses

During his seminar, O’Dea said we were blessed in Ireland with an almost unique conglomeration of multi-national companies where graduates can develop many of the skills needed to develop export-oriented businesses.

“For the medical device industry this is particularly important since there is a heavy quality and regulatory aspect to the business which it is important to have a keen awareness of prior to embarking on a start-up,” he said.

Crospon is involved in the development and manufacture of leading-edge, minimally invasive, medical devices for imaging and aiding clinically invasive procedures in the areas of bariatric surgery and gastroenterology.

Other speakers in the series

The other speakers in the current series are:Greg Byrne, The Three Little Pigs Company (28 September),Raymond Coyle, Largo Foods (5 October) and Ian Barrett, Joule Solutions (12 October).

Entrepreneurs Live is organised in association with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board.Each seminar takes place in NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, from 1pm to 1:50 pm. Attendance is free and all are welcome to register in advance to attend. More information can be found here