Donal Cahalane, Next Big Thing; Conor O’Neill, LouderVoice and David Tuohy, WCDP at the Offsite event. Pic: Clare Keogh

NEW funding opportunities for technology start-ups and businesses were announced recently at the Offsite conference held in Rosscarbery.

West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) are actively supporting the development of a cluster of tech entrepreneurs and business starts ups in the West Cork region.

Funding is available for new product development and commercialisation of technology as well as supports including group marketing and training for web related businesses and start ups.

The announcement follows a successful Offsite technology conference, which saw home-grown successful technology entrepreneurs including Kevin O’Leary of Qumas, John Dennehy of Zartis, Donal Cahalane, Next Big Thing and Anthony O’Mara, Trend Micro and others sharing their experiences and insights on a range of topics from fundraising, tech sales to collaboration and investment strategies.


“Having access to the many global companies that are based in Cork represents huge opportunities for businesses and start-ups here, in terms of gaining reference sites, experience and global insights as well as credibility”, said Anthony O’Mara of Trend Micro.

“Companies need to exploit these opportunities to grow faster and develop market driven products”.


David Tuohy, West Cork Development Partnership said, “This event was about supporting technology start-ups in West Cork by bringing together business people from global organisations and small tech companies and to facilitate collaboration and interaction between these contacts.

“Organisations interested in applying for WCDP funding for their technology ideas, start ups and businesses should contact West Cork Development Partnership for more information”.


This funding announced at the Offsite event has been made available through the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

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