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The Southern Regional Assembly in association with the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) will host an event When Science met Business on Friday 8th June 2018 in ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology. The event will provide a forum for researchers and industry to explore potential mutually beneficial collaborations and may be of interest to you or colleagues.

This is an industry and science engagement event.

The primary focus under this programme is to improve the competitiveness of the regional economy. This will be achieved through a number of routes, including the Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Centres where scientists and engineers are linked in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions. Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund and Innovation Partnership schemes play a crucial role in supporting the creation of technology based start-up companies and the transfer of innovations developed in Higher Education Institutes and Research Performing Organisations to industry in the region.

Mindful of the honour afforded us to associate our event with the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) to be held in Waterford Institute of Technology, we want  When Science met Business, to showcase exemplar projects and in line with the spirit and objectives of the Regional Programme, facilitate where possible industry/research engagement.

The format for this half-day morning event will be a series of talks and market-place activities where attendees can hear from and meet with researchers and key programme actors.

Booking is necessary as spaces are limited. Please contact Yvonne on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book. 

Bookings can also be made at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/when-science-met-business-tickets-45513841124?aff=es2

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Ireland’s most beautiful summer music festival, is delighted to partner with Waterford Chamber in offering its members a special package for either of two featured events in this year’s programme which runs from May 29th to June 3rd.

Rossini’s sparkling Opera L’Italiana in Algeri is the highlight of the festival and the Double Bill at Dromore Yard promises to be a memorable day of music. Full programme here.

Lovers of garden opera, romantic castles, good food and beautiful music are spoiled for choice at this summer’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. With three nights of opera at Lismore Castle, plus recitals in some of the historic and fascinating Great Houses along the Blackwater River, there’s something for everyone. See our festival video here.

Chamber members can avail of a special package for either of two featured events:

L’Italiana in Algeri Opera: Opera Ticket only €80* / Opera Ticket & Dinner €130

(* Single price ticket across all seat categories subject to availability)

Dromore Yard Double Bill: Morning & Afternoon Recital including lunch €50

While Saturday night’s performance of the opera is already sold out, tickets are still available for an extra Gala Night show, in support of Enable Ireland on Wednesday May 30th, and our special Night at the Opera performance on Friday June 1st.

Also on Friday, a special Festival Double Bill at Dromore Yard begins by bringing you the most exciting new talents to this gorgeous new riverside venue followed the afternoon by a memorable opera recital.

There are also there is an outstanding array of dining and hospitality choices to accompany both events here.

There’s lots to love on the Blackwater this summer, so book now to ensure you don’t miss out. See our full programme here. Please apply the Chamber special code WA20 when purchasing on-line or call Emma on +353 (0) 85 207 8944.

Bringing a group? Contact the box office directly to discuss special offers and concierge booking by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Emma on +353 (0) 85 207 8944.

Go to www.blackwatervalleyoperafestival.com for full details of all events.

Sedicii is excited to announce that it has been selected as a "2018 TiE50 Finalist" for the prestigious TiE50 Awards Program recognising the world's most innovative tech startups. This awards competition is part of TiE Inflect 2018, the world's largest conference for tech entrepreneurs.

“The team is thrilled that Sedicii has been recognised by TiE50. We believe that Sedicii’s zero knowledge proof technology will power the next wave of business innovation and create the de facto standard for a global identity in the digital world. Recognition from our peers brought us this honour; it is a great encouragement indeed and a boost for us all.” - Rob Leslie, CEO/Founder, 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 GDPR enforcement date only three weeks away, consumers and service providers are now 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.


Siobhán Talbot was appointed Group Managing Director on 12 November 2013, having been appointed Group Managing Director Designate on 1 June 2013. She was previously Group Finance Director and her role encompassed responsibility for Group strategic planning.

She has been a member of the Group Operating Executive since 2000 and the Board since 2009 and has held a number of senior positions since she joined the Group in 1992. She is also a Director of the Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC). Prior to joining Glanbia, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and Sydney.

A fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Siobhán graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Join them to hear Siobhan’s story and following this join them for a wine and canapé reception.

Please click here for further details and online booking.

Date: Thursday, 17th May

Time: 17.30 (registration)


Close: 20.00

Venue: WIT Arena

Price: This event is free to attend but booking is essential

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..

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