Regional Business Summit returns to University of Galway for second year

Mar 20 2024 Posted: 12:04 GMT

The annual Regional Business Summit for the west of Ireland is being hosted by University of Galway for the second year in a row, with a focus on addressing business challenges in the region. 

The event is organised by J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, in collaboration with Galway Chamber, itag - the technology community in the western region, and Data 2 Sustain. The Summit will provide research-informed insights and practical advice on how businesses can be more innovative and how to respond to current and future challenges.

This year’s summit will focus on digitalisation at speed and responsible technology; scaling a business with lessons from indigenous companies and multinationals; and sustainable finance. 

Regional Business Summit - Accelerating Business: Tech, Scale and Finance takes place at University of Galway on Friday, March 22, from 9am to 1.30pm, with around 250 business leaders are expected to attend.

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Alma McCarthy, Dean, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, said: "Regional Business Summit 2024 brings together cutting-edge research-informed insights from J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics’ academics and thought business leaders to discuss key issues facing businesses and organisations in the region. This year’s themes are informed by the needs of our external community and aligned with our School’s areas of research excellence."

Kenny Deery , CEO, Galway Chamber, said: “The Regional Business Summit is a wonderful showcase of the ambition, talent and capacity across the region to deliver products and services globally. It also reinforces the need for us to collaborate more across organisations to amplify our efforts and collective success.”

Caroline Cawley, CEO itag, said: ‘’itag members are enthusiastic about engaging with leading businesses at this year’s Regional Business Summit. This event presents an invaluable chance for our communities to come together and explore significant topics impacting businesses and organisations, especially in an era marked by rapid innovation and unfolding possibilities."

Mike Conroy, Director, Data2Sustain European Digital Innovation Hub, said: “As a recently established consortium of the regions Universities along with all its development and business support agencies, focused on advancing data-driven innovation and enterprise Digitalization, the Regional Business Summit provides a key leadership forum for stakeholders and leaders to come together to ensure our work has broad cross sectoral reach and impact.”

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