While networking and enjoying refreshments (sourced from local food and drink entrepreneurs!), attendees can also sit back and hear the all-important elevator pitches from a number of selected start-ups who are currently battling it out to be crowned this year's AIB Start-up Academy winner and pick up the Academy’s coveted top prize, valued at €200,000. Ten start-ups have already been chosen for the competition and there are four remaining places up for grabs across the four summits.
Speaking about the event, Des Moore, Head of First Trust Bank said;
“We are delighted to host the second AIB Start-up Academy Summit in Belfast and believe it is a fantastic opportunity for local start-ups to network and socialise with like-minded entrepreneurs and to learn from well-known and successful business leaders. We will discuss issues important to the start-up community - whilst also sharing tips and advice from a range of experts and successful entrepreneurs about their own start-up journeys.
We want everyone who attends this evening to take away something which helps them grow their business, whether it be a nugget of information from our panel of experts, advice or a free business tool from our partners as well as a host of new business contacts.
Last year’s event was a great success and now with a bigger venue and an impressive range of experts on hand we hope to deliver an evening which is a highlight of the local start-up calendar.”
The Belfast Start-Up Academy Summit will take place on the 9th February in Life Church, Bruce Street, Belfast between 6pm and 9pm.
While free to attend, places for the event are limited and anyone who is keen to attend should register as soon as possible at www.aibstartupacademy.ie to avoid disappointment.