Attracting and Retaining Migrant-led Start-ups and Innovative Entrepreneurs from outside the EU

This conference co-hosted by EMN Ireland, within the ESRI, and the Department of Justice and Equality will provide a timely opportunity to consider how best Ireland can harness non-EU start-up talent in the context of a newly revised Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme (STEP). At the event, which will be opened by Minister Charlie Flanagan TD, the findings of a major new EU-wide study on the migration of innovative entrepreneurs will be presented, along with the Irish report Migratory Pathways to Ireland for Start-ups and Innovative Entrepreneurs. Schemes operating in other EU Member States will be discussed and interesting innovations in Estonia highlighted. MPI Europe will also provide international context. The Department of Justice and Equality will discuss its experience of STEP so far and provide details on new enhancements to the programme. Finally, speakers from the domestic start-up community will discuss challenges and supports in place for migrant entrepreneurs in Ireland today.

Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020  
Time:  09:30 – 15:15 (light lunch and refreshments provided)
Venue: The Atrium, Department of Justice and Equality, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


Register here by Wednesday 22 January 2020 (at the latest). Enquiries to: [email protected].

Outline Conference Agenda

09:30     Arrival and Registration

10:00     Welcome: Alan Barrett, Economic and Social Research Institute

10:10     Opening remarks: Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, TD

10:30     Session I: International start-up migration patterns and

              Chair: Clare Dunne, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation  

              Liam Patuzzi, MPI Europe

              Margaret James, ICF (EMN Service Provider)

              Ave Lauren, Future Place Leadership 

              Followed by Questions and Answers

11:45     Coffee Break

12:00     Session II: Migration of innovative entrepreneurs to Ireland

              Chair: Michael Kirrane, Department of Justice and Equality

              Emma Quinn, EMN Ireland/Economic and Social Research Institute

              TBC, Department of Justice and Equality

              Aoife Gillespie, Philip Lee 

              Followed by Questions and Answers

13:00     Lunch

14:00     Session III: Supporting start-ups and innovative entrepreneurs in Ireland

              Chair: Dr. Pramod Pathak, National College of Ireland

              Kevin Donnelly, Enterprise Ireland

              Michael O’Connor, CorkBIC 

              Denise Delaney, Central Bank of Ireland

              William Conaghan and Lizzy Hayashida, Change Donations

               Followed by Questions and Answers

15:15     Closing remarks