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WFA 2018

The Waterford Festival of Architecture (WFA), May 16th - 20th 2018, is producing a high quality programme of events that maximises its unique status in Ireland as the only festival of architecture outside of the capital.

With an exciting weekend long programme of events to engage local and regional public and specialist audiences, the festival promotes the importance of architectural heritage and architecture as an artistic practice.

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Founder Friday Waterford returns on 4th May, 6-9pm at Revolution Bar Waterford

Our two speakers have amazing entrepreneurial stories to share and at different stages in their business development. We welcome from the world of FinTech Justin Kearns of Tucr and Fashion Retailer Tony Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Menswear.

Come along and join us for the very best stories in town about business and entrepreneurship, be inspired by the experiences starting and growing a business and facing and overcoming challenges.

Further details and tickets are available from Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2GtIPlb

Sedicii announced today it has been named as a Winner of the Red Herring's Top 100 Europe award, a wonderful recognition of its pioneering technology, dedicated to building a global standard for digital identity with user privacy at its core.

Founder & CEO of Sedicii, Rob Leslie said, “we are truly delighted to be recognised among the most promising technology companies in Europe and to have two fellow Irish companies, ENBIO and Exergyn at our side. Winning in 2018, having been a previous finalist, really is a great reflection on the very exciting times in the evolution of Sedicii. As the world has seen over the last number of weeks and months, identity and personal privacy are matters that people care deeply about. With the enforcement date looming for the new GDPR in May, consumers and service providers have become acutely aware how important it is to have in place robust, state-of-the-art systems to ensure compliance, trustworthiness, privacy and peace of mind for all parties when it comes to how personal data is managed.”

Red Herring’s Top100 list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Previous winners have included Alibaba, Google, SalesForce.com, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube, all companies that have changed the way we live and work. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy.

“We narrowed our list down from 1,200 candidates from across Europe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Sedicii embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Sedicii should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring.

Following Sedicii’s well-deserved win, they are then invited to showcase their company to the US market at the Top 100 North America event in June and later compete internationally for the Top 100 Global in November. Red Herring is dedicated to following Sedicii’s path to further success and innovation.

Are you passionate about Waterford city?
Do you enjoy exploring the history and culture of Waterford?
Would you like to share your enthusiasm and meet new people?
Do you have 2 or 3 hours to spare on weekends during the summer months?
If yes, why not become a Welcome Ambassador for our city?

You are invited to a meeting to hear about this special volunteer programme on
Tuesday April 24th at 7p.m. in Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford.

Any queries please contact Catherine Power, Volunteer Coordinator on
086 7008002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sean Kelly MEP EU Investment Fund Event April

Click the links below to download presentations from this event.

EIB Support for Strategic Investments

Alan Ryan, AIB Bank: Accessing Bank Finance – Financial Considerations

Nick Ashmore, SBCI: EU Investment funds – Opportunities for the Regions

Katherine Collins, Waterford City & County Council: Waterford Cultural Quarter

Patrick O'Riordan, European Commission: The Investment Plan for Europe

A special presentation will be made by the Strategic Banking Corporation on the recently launched Brexit Loan Scheme. This allows for the roll out of €300 million in funding to eligible Irish businesses. The scheme addresses Irish companies’ working capital challenges at a time of uncertainty relating to Brexit. The scheme will be open to SMEs and has the potential to benefit over 5,000 companies. It will give SMEs time and the financial support to make the necessary changes to help ensure that their businesses remain competitive so that they can continue to grow into the future.

AIB's Alan Ryan will provide an outline of the practical steps that are necessary to apply for supports from the various funding schemes. This will include details of who to approach, the eligibility criteria, how to apply and what information is required in each applications.

The European Commission will focus on the current funding startegy and the sectors that are eligible.

The European Investment Bank will outline its supports and outline how funding is provided, the intermediaries that are utilised by EIB to distribute funds, the terms and conditions of loans and the application process.

Waterford Chamber will also present the project for the Cultural Quarter.


Date: Thursday, 3rd May

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Boxworks, Patrick Street, Waterford

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/steamworks-presents-working-toward-gdpr-compliance-tickets-45346211740

SME’s are facing multifaceted challenges of meeting the European Union’s deadline in May 2018 for General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) and the compliance closing date is fast approaching. 

Boxworks did an internal survey and discovered that many start-ups felt they were no further along the road of understanding what compliance means for their company and indeed, how do they even start to put together a policy suitable to their own individual business. 

Don’t Panic! Compliance does not have to be a rocky journey. 

STEAMworks has put together a panel of industry experts who will take you on a journey about how to get started on the best path to compliance. 

So! What are the biggest opportunities and challenges SME’s face on the road to GDPR compliance. 

Our panel will look at:

  1. How to get started on the best path to compliance, based on advice from industry experts.
  2. How to turn this compliance challenge into a competitive advantage.
  3. How your peers are preparing across a variety of industries.
  4. What will it mean for users of social media platforms.

STEAMworks Panel includes


Shaun has practised at the Irish Bar since 2006 with a strong emphasis on commercial and chancery work (including contract, company, debt, property and employment law) as well as more general areas including personal injuries. He has acted for private clients and institutions, as well as NERA (the National Employment Rights Authority) and the State Claims Agency. Prior to commencing practice, Shaun Worked for Arthur Cox solicitors and the Royal Irish Academy. He completed his undergraduate degree in History & Politics at UCD prior to reading for a Masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and completing his studies at the King’s Inns. 


Marie Murphy is the co-founder and operations director at Fort Privacy. A Data Protection operations expert with a special interest in “Privacy by Design”, Marie has delivered projects at every stage of the project lifecycle. Marie is an engineer with formal training in business process modelling and data protection law. 

Her background is in the communications and manufacturing sectors working for international corporations in Europe, Asia and North America. Marie brings her experience of international corporate culture and of delivering complex and diverse communications projects that spanned continents to data protection operations.

Marie lectures in Privacy by Design and Records and Policy Management as part of the Irish Computer Society European Certified Data Protection Officer training program.


Pamela Pim (Head of BANK OF IRELAND, Waterford) 

A case study will be presented by Boxworks co -workers:

Hillary Coghlan (Triangle Marketing) 
Alan Mac Kenna (SERVE IT) 
Natalie Garland Cooke (Natalie Garland Cooke Consultancy) 

A series of workshops were designed for the six companies attending using a step-by-step collaborative approach in identifying a common ground and finding a solution that could be integrated into their own individual businesses. 


Bank of Ireland; South East BIC; O'Connell Ivory Communications; SERVE IT, Triangle Marketing; Natalie Garland Cooke Consultancy; John Power Photography; LEO; & FortPrivacy

Waterford Institute of Technology’s annual CAO open evening takes place on Tuesday, 17 April from 5.30pm-7.30pm on the institute’s Cork Road Campus.

The open evening gives prospective students the chance to explore the campus and talk to their future lecturers to find out about specific course information. It is the final CAO open event of the year and an ideal chance for prospective students, friends and family members to become familiar with the campus and ask questions.
In addition to general talks there will be a series of information sessions will take place about student fees, grants and the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) application process.

Bookings are also being taken on the WIT website for the popular Hour of Code. Other specialist talks include the Bachelor of Business (Hons) information event and engineering talks concentrating on 3D, quantity surveying and sustainable energy engineering.

WIT has 70 CAO courses which include a selection of ‘common entry’ courses for September 2018. The closing date for late applications is 1 May at 5.15pm and the online change of mind facility is open between midday on 5 May and 5.15pm on 1 July.

WIT’s CAO open evening runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm, details can be found at www.wit.ie/openevening. Anyone who can’t make it on the evening can book a campus tour for another date at www.wit.ie/campustours.

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