Business leaders from the Celtic regions of Brittany, Wales and Scotland are set to join forces with their Irish counterparts at the Interceltic Business Forum on Friday, 19th April in the Portershed, Galway.

The Interceltic Business Forum has become a must-attend event for business leaders from the Celtic world seeking to promote innovation, economic development, and international partnerships. After successfully bringing together speakers from different Celtic regions in previous editions, this upcoming edition in Galway promises to be even richer in networking opportunities, knowledge sharing, and exploration of new economic horizons.

“We aim to create a bridge of opportunity, innovation, and collaboration across Celtic nations, fostering economic growth and prosperity for our shared future. We are excited to bring this prestigious event to Galway, a vibrant hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, to further expand opportunities for economic collaboration and growth.”  
Charles Kergaravat, Founder of the Interceltic Business Forum.

Interceltic Business Forum in Galway : Official program

What: Interceltic Business Forum

When: 19/04/24

Where: PorterShed (15 Market St, Galway, H91 TCX3, Ireland)

9am, Coffee

9:30am,  Welcome - Eddie Hoare, Mayor of Galway

10am, Keynote - Fabrice Loher, President of Lorient Agglomération

10:15am, Roundtable - Entreprendre à la Lorientaise

Sabrina Millien, Founder - La Colloc

Philippe Rouault, President - CCI Morbihan

11:15am Networking Break

11:30am "Successfully Scaling your Business in the West of Ireland"

Olive McLucas, WDC Investment Fund, 

Fergal O’Connor, CEO - Buymedia, 

Andrew Cameron, CEO - Feeltect

12pm Roundtable, - "Scotland and Ireland working together to build the rural economy"

Katy McNeil (Head of Scottish Government, Ireland Office) – Moderator

Anna Sellars (Senior Rural Business Consultant, Scotland’s Rural College)

Martin McBride (Founder and Owner Envision Management Consultant, Causeway Business Network Board, Killybegs Cluster Representative)

Eve-Anne McCarron (External Engagement Manager, Atlantic Technological University)

12:45pm Lunch

1:45pm Keynote “Remote work and relocation: Evidence from Ireland” Relocation Patterns across Ireland”, Deirdre Frost - Policy Analyst/Digiwest Project Manager, Western Development Commission

2pm Roundtable “Remoting working and relocation: opportunities and challenges”

Helen Leahy IBEC, 

Ricky Conneely IDA West

2:30pm  "AI and minority languages"

Linda Heimisdóttir, CEO -

John Clancy, CEO -

Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO - Údarás na Gaeltachta

3:30pm Networking Break

3:50pm Keynote -  Wales in Ireland

John O’Loughlin, Head of Trade and Investment, Welsh Government Office, Ireland

4pm Keynote - Mark O'Connell, Chairman - OCO Global

4:15pm Interceltic Economic Development Roundtable

4:45pm Scale-up Spotlight - Platform 94

Jacqui O’Connor, CEO - Medscan 3D 

Kevin Keane, CEO - Chipright

Marie Donnellan, CEO - Platform 94

5:15pm "How you launch a startup and go global on a tiny budget"

Justin Mitchell, Founder - Cleft Notes

5:35pm Closing

5:45pm Cocktail 

About the Interceltic Business Forum:

The Interceltic Business Forum is an annual event that brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and experts from the Celtic world to discuss economic issues, foster business partnerships, and promote innovation. Since its inception, the Interceltic Business Forum has established itself as a key platform for the development of economic and commercial relations between Celtic regions.

Jointly organized by Breizh Amerika, OCO Global, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Lorient Agglomération, Western Development Commission in Ireland, the Scottish Business Network, CCI Morbihan, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Galway Chamber and the Club Wales-France Business Forum, this event is the result of a fruitful collaboration among these partners committed to strengthening economic ties within the Celtic world.

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