Entrepreneurs with global ambitions to attend Sleepless in Kinsale event

Applications have flooded in and are long closed for The Entrepreneur Experience 2012, the second annual non-stop 24-hour business fast-tracking event widely dubbed Sleepless in Kinsale.

The event, which will begin on Friday, was launched in the Co Cork coastal town last year to help turn new entrepreneurs’ ideas and propositions into real business opportunities.

It also aims to encourage growth and deliver jobs and this year’s event has attracted entrepreneurs with real global ambitions.

One of these is David McCarthy, founder of Incidentcontrolroom.com, who was made redundant in 2009 having worked as an environmental health and safety consultant.

Based in Cork, his new start-up allows large firms to more efficiently analyse emergency events. “Our biggest challenges at the moment include funding and building a top class team,” he said.

“Getting the opportunity to pitch to an audience with that width of experience is incredibly exciting. With the likes of Liam Casey, Bill Liao, Jim Barry and Kevin O’Leary giving up 24 hours of their time it is impossible to measure the advice, coaching and knowledge that will be in the room.”

Another entrepreneur confirmed for the event is Mike O’Leary, whose firm Transact Carbon is known as “the PayPal for carbon credits”.

The global platform allows developers to integrate carbon credits into any aspect of their app, games, product or consumer service.

Also addressing the gathering will be Brent Smith, a New Zealander based in Blackrock, Dublin, who designs and manufactures unique speaker stands and audio isolation units that are sold across the globe.

This year’s event has attracted participants from the US, Britain and Spain, along with Dublin, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Waterford and Cork. It takes place in a closed session on Friday and Saturday at Trident Hotel, Kinsale, Co Cork.

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