Free Waterford Seminar on ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’

A Government-sponsored free seminar, ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’ is taking place in the Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford on Thursday 22nd September 2011.

The seminar organised by the Patents Office, is aimed at small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and start-up companies in Waterford and surrounding counties. Speakers include experts from the public and private sectors and local entrepreneurs.

Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD said: ‘This seminar presents a great learning opportunity for small business-owners, entrepreneurs, inventors and start-up companies who want to scale their businesses or turn their ideas into functioning enterprises.

‘It is not generally known that over 80% of new inventions are derived from previous inventions, so during the seminar information will be provided as to where details of previous inventions can be sourced.

‘The seminar will outline all the government supports available from incubation to commercialisation.

‘It will examine how to convert an idea into a business opportunity, due diligence in setting up a business, an insight into what are patents, trade marks and industrial designs and how they should be managed.

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and now more than ever they need every support they can to start and grow,’ Minister Sherlock concluded.

The seminar runs from 9.10am to 4.00pm and there will be an opportunity to meet and talk to the speakers throughout the day and after the seminar from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Admission to the seminar is free but pre-registration with Waterford City Enterprise Board is required by call to their offices on New Street in the City, email them at or by phone at 051-852883.