IRELAND'S biggest-ever 'Dragons' Den'-type business pitch session is due to roll out in Cork later this month, with hundreds of Irish start-ups invited to the city to sell their ideas and businesses to global entrepreneurial heavyweights.
In what will be the first major business event of The Gathering 2013, the group, with a collective investment clout running into hundreds of millions, will assemble on January 21 and 22 as part of the Global Technology Leaders' Summit organised by the US-driven Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG).
Among those seeking Irish start-up opportunities are US- based venture capitalist Rich Moran (CEO of Accretive Solutions), who has also worked for the Rockefeller family, Silicon Valley-based investor John Ryan (co-founder of Rovi) and China-based manufacturing and logistics kingpin Liam Casey of PCH. Investors from the US, China and Russia will attend.
Former Intel chairman and CEO Craig Barrett will lead a delegation of 40 high-powered entrepreneurs and CEOs to visit local businesses, and many of these will participate in the "pitch camp" sessions at the Nimbus Centre, which invites Irish start-ups to pitch their ideas in search of advice, investment and potential global exposure.
"We are looking forward to seeing Ireland's most innovative and disruptive technologies at the 'fast pitch' sessions," said ITLG CEO John Hartnett.
Submission forms for the pitch camp sessions are at www.itlg.org and the application deadline is January 7.