StartUp Ballymun - ‘How to Grow Your Business in a Digital World’

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Wednesday 26th October, Council Chamber, Ballymun

This was the 2nd event of the StartUp Ballymun initiative and the theme this time focussed on digital transformation.  The objective of the event was to demonstrate the benefits of using a range of cloud services and applications, which when combined, offer a competitive business model to small businesses. 

The event was launched by B4b chairman Robert Murphy and chaired by small business consultant & mentor Billy Linehan, Celtar business consultants.

The Speakers

An experienced panel of speakers shared their own experiences in harnessing digital technology.  The speakers were:

  •  Lorcan Bannon, Head of Client Strategy, Olytico,  - Social media listening
  • Auveen Bell, Social Enterprise & Co-Founder of Blossom Ireland,,  therapy-led camps and after school activities for children with intellectual disabilities aged 8 to 18
  • Ross Killeen, MD Event Junkies,, a one-stop shop for production, shooting and editing needs, with a quick turnaround
  • Elaine Cohalan, Dublin Cookie Company, freshly baked cookies to order or buy in their cookie shop 29 Thomas St.
  • Simon Cocking, Senior Editor Irish Tech News,

The presentations were followed by Q&A

Online trading vouchers €2.5k

Before the speakers commenced Mary MacSweeney from the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City gave a presentation on about the website grant of €2,500.

Business Mentoring

LEO mentors Noel McGrath & Anne Marie McAuley were on hand to provide one to one business mentoring. 

What people learned?

People learned that there are a number of free cloud based tools that businesses can use to conduct market research, manage their finance, communicate with and manage staff, analyse customer behaviour and share large files easily.  All of this can be done from a Smart phone.  The speakers shared their knowledge about selecting the right tools for your business and gave examples of how they have made doing business a whole lot easier. 


Hi Liam,

Thank you very much for yesterday's event.

Very informative and picked up a few very interesting tips from the very well chosen panel.

Will catch Mr. McGrath on another occasion - the mentors were very much in demand!

Hi Billy,

Thanks again for hosting a wonderful evening. I've come away with so much valuable information for my business.

See you tomorrow,


Hi Liam,

Just wanted to express my thanks for super event today, what I gained will be of immense value. Would also like to acknowledge, Noel, Robert and Annabelle.

Thank you.

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