Business Start-Up Expo

We are a group of business people from North Wexford/ South Wicklow  have organised a Business Expo with a difference to take place on the 24th of February 2011 in the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey.

The Business Expo will consist of a Trade Show showcasing the businesses of BNI Gorey members followed by the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition for new and aspiring businesses. Five Dragons from the group will interview the top five applicants, putting them through their paces on stage before members of the public.

The judging panel will comprise Eco: Mary Gethings, Eco Evolution; Technology: John Timmons, Glasgorman Computer Services; Financial: James Doyle, Doyle Foley & Co Accountants; Security: Fabian Doyle, Sovereign Security; Communications: Deirdre O’Flynn, SpellCheck Editorial Services.

The Trade Show will be open to the public from 6p.m to 9p.m with the competition taking place between 8p.m and 9p.m.

The Dragons’ Den winner will walk away with a prize of  €10,000 worth of services and products from the members of BNI  Gorey, the Falcon Chapter of Business Networking International.

We are a group of business people from the area that are working together to help promote our companies and gain more business for each other and the people who are involved with us.

The Expo is not a new idea, but holding this in conjunction with a competition for a new start up business will help us help a new business in the area.

More information available on  and entrants will be able to apply on-line and get a chance of winning the prize.

 Dragon’s Den Competition

> The competition is now open and the closing date for entry is Wednesday, February 16th

> Entry to the competition is strictly through our website

> Application to the competition is strictly limited to new start up businesses or people with ideas for a new business.
>Family members of the business group are excluded from the competition.
> The Competition will run from 8p.m. to 9.p.m.
> Our team of “dragons” will select the five best applications who will be ‘grilled’ on the night before the public.
> When each of the contestants have completed their presentation, the dragons will leave the room for approx 15 minutes to decide the winner of the €10,000 prize.
> During this 15 minutes our MC will inerview three local business people about their experiences and how they are handling the current economic climate.
Our guests are:

Pat Walsh owner of ‘Walsh Mushrooms’

Niamh O’ Sullivan owner of ‘Ruby Rouge’
Shayne Byrne owner of ‘Arklow Waste Disposal’

At 9p.m. the winner of the Competition will be announced and presented with their prize of €10,000.






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