The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Startup Nations Summit, is coming to Cork later this year as part of the Global Startup Gathering 2016.

Cork is the first location in Europe to host the Startup Nations Summit (November 19). The idea is to bring together policymakers and leaders in the startup space.

Taking place over three days in November, the event aims to attract hundreds of international and national business people.

One of the competitions announced is the Global Investor Challenge. The competition is for entrepreneurs who need investment and are investor ready.

Judges will look for the business that has the highest investment potential. Regional finals held across Ireland in the week leading up to the summit with the grand final held in Cork on Saturday, November 19. 

The winning business will receive a €30k+ prize fund, including cash and services. 

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ConnectIreland assumes control


ConnectIreland, a government initiative that’s responsible for attracting small businesses to Ireland and rewarding people for introducing new connections, is to assume control of Startup Ireland.

ConnectIreland says it has seen a “significant” rise in international companies looking to start in, or expand in Ireland.

“Given the skillset that currently exists in ConnectIreland, this union will integrate into what we do while also offering new areas for growth,” says Joanna Murphy, CEO of ConnectIreland.

“We thank Eoin Costello (co-founder of Startup Ireland) for his vision, leadership, and passion to date, and wish him well in his new role with Digital Dun Laoghaire.”

A full schedule of events planned for November is listed on the website

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