When and where is it on?

The event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen.

This month’s event will be on Tuesday March 06. Registration is from 6.15pm, with the event itself starting promptly at 6.30 and running until 8.00pm. Guests are then welcome to move next door for some networking over a few drinks.

Who will be speaking?

Ray Nolan, CEO of xSellco will speak on March 06. Ray Nolan is one of the rock stars of the Irish I.T. entrepreneurial world and has been instrumental in the success of a number of companies in the Irish technology sector.

Ray an I.T. entrepreneur, has been instrumental in the success of a number of companies in the Irish technology sector.

Ray founded Hostelworld.com in 1999 when he identified an opportunity to introduce online bookings to youth and tourist hostels. As CEO, Ray grew the company to become a leading worldwide brand with distribution contracts in 170 countries and sold it in November 2009, returning more than $500MM on just $150K total investment.

Ray continues to build web-based brands. He is founder and CEO at leading eCommerce company, xSellco, and founded Ultimate Rugby – the world’s most popular Rugby app.

How many years has First Tuesdays been going?

Our First Tuesdays initiative began in early 2017 and has been growing in popularity since then.

What was the inspiration to start it?

One of our goals here at Ludgate is to build a West Cork entrepreneurial ecosystem, with a West Cork Entrepreneurs Network being a key part of this. There are a large number of entrepreneurs working in the West Cork area, many of them working on their own and without any network with which to share and bounce ideas. The First Tuesdays initiative attempts to fill this gap and have a focal point whereby these entrepreneurs can come to Ludgate once a month, (though we’d be delighted to see them more often) and spend the evening with like-minded individuals. Everyone knows that when we work together, we achieve so much more: we share our knowledge; we foster experience; we spark off one another and become more innovative, all of which creates new opportunities and potentially generates new business.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

A keynote speaker, the entrepreneur, tells ‘his or hers’ story of achievement; from the start of the journey to where they are currently, sharing the highs and the lows, their successes and the many mistakes and most importantly, the learnings which they have had along the way – these really are the key take-aways.

One great thing about these events is that while the speaker will usually have worked in one sector or industry, their story is relevant to all entrepreneurs. They’ve all had to make hard decisions over the course of the years, and the real learning is from these. No matter how long anyone of us have been in business, there’s always something to learn from others.

The evening also provides an opportunity to network with peers, meet some potentially new customers/clients and tell others about your own business.

Speakers to date have included Jerry Kennelly (ex Stockbyte), Michael Carey (Bord Bia and East Coast Bakehouse), Cully & Sully and Peter Coppinger (CEO & Founder of Teamwork) .

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