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Free ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ seminars to kick off

The Government-sponsored free seminar series ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ is starting up again, with the first seminar taking place in Waterford Institute of Technology on 22 September.

Organised by the Patents Office, more seminars will follow in Sligo, Limerick and Athlone in the coming months with speakers including experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.

“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,” said Minister for Innovation Sean Sherlock TD.

“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 80pc 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.”

Outlining Government supports

The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation, examining 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.

Admission to the seminar is free but pre-registration with Waterford City Enterprise Board is required by email at 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.