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IDA to consider space at Web Summit Lisbon

Clare Cullen and Laura Larkin

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

The Irish Independent understands that the event Panti was asked to host was the Night Summit Pub Crawl
The Irish Independent understands that the event Panti was asked to host was the Night Summit Pub Crawl

The IDA has not ruled out attending next year's Web Summit in Lisbon.

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A spokesman said the event "has been a hugely effective networking channel".

The conference, which attracted 40,000 attendees to the RDS last week, has helped the State agency "build a significant number of relationships with companies and venture capital firms". When asked if the IDA would consider purchasing exhibition space at the 2016 event in the Portuguese capital, the spokesman said it was too early for a decision to be made.

"IDA has commercial arrangements with conferences across the world. We make decisions on these arrangements on a yearly basis.

"Conferences like Web Summit, AdvaMed and TechCrunch, are all excellent places for IDA executives to form these relationships," he said.

Meanwhile, two high-profile Irish personalities have claimed the Web Summit asked them to MC events for free.

Drag performer Panti Bliss and Colm Parkinson, one of the presenters on the 'Off The Ball' radio show on Newstalk, made the claims on their social media profiles.

Mr Parkinson said that he "politely declined" the offer.

"Ditto. And it was an event for an 'invitation only' group of the heads of 'the world's top tech companie$'." Panti tweeted back.

The Irish Independent understands that the event Panti was asked to host was the Night Summit Pub Crawl.

It was previously hosted by Bono and Jim Sheridan.

This year, actor Aidan Gillen and radio DJ Dave Fanning hosted the event.

The Web Summit declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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