Sunday 20 August 2017

Richard Branson on the hunt for top new Irish entrepreneurs

 

Virgin boss Richard Branson with the Voom Bus that will be going on tour to Dublin and Belfast, as well as cities around the UK
Virgin boss Richard Branson with the Voom Bus that will be going on tour to Dublin and Belfast, as well as cities around the UK

Simon Rowe

Virgin boss Richard Branson is on the hunt for Ireland's next great business idea and budding entrepreneur.

The so-called Voom Tour, which hits TechConnect Live 2017 at Dublin's RDS on Wednesday, is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to Branson's team and to be in with a chance to win a prize of over €5,000.

There are also 10 places on offer to meet and receive mentoring from the billionaire business magnate. This year is the first time since the competition was founded in 2011 that it will take to the road on a so-called Voom Bus, travelling to Dublin and Belfast, as well as cities across the UK.

"It is an entirely merit-based programme so the most innovative, disruptive and original business concepts are the ones that could make it to the top and ultimately present their case to Richard Branson in person," said Paul Farrell, vice-president for Virgin Media Commercial.

"It's a great way of trialling your business plan and your market entry strategy," Farrell said. "The Voom Bus is going on tour to seek out brilliant Irish and British entrepreneurs and to help them break down the business barriers in their way," said Branson.

"We're bringing the Voom Tour into communities and challenging people to put aside their fears and pitch their business ideas as we travel across Ireland and the UK.

"It is a fantastic way for people to get started on what could be the most significant journey of their business life."

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