In light of Covid-19, it’s a tricky time for business leaders to expand their horizons and grow their network. Even with lockdown restrictions starting to ease, there are challenges to overcome. Although we can’t predict how this will play out in the coming months, it’s likely that virtual conferences will be the norm for some time.
Whether you’re in the business of web hosting or providing retail goods, the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded others is invaluable. Here we look at some of the conferences taking place over the coming weeks and months, specifically for small business owners.
Level up at Dublin Tech Summit
If you only attend one event this season, make it the Dublin Tech Summit. Re-scheduled to 14 October, this virtual conference promises to live up to the hype.
Reimagined with a virtual 3D lobby and virtual auditorium, exhibition space and networking lounge, DTS offers a glimpse into the future in oh-so many ways. You’ll elevate your tech game, exchange ideas with the community, and accelerate your business at the same time.
Experts from over 70 countries will attend, sharing their knowledge on everything from website domain names through to diversity in tech. If you’re looking to level-up, it doesn’t get much better. It’s also great value at just €49.
Wellbeing in the workplace
With remote working now a reality for many professionals, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit is a timely event. Taking place in Croke Park (12 October), the organisers have proposed that this may be taken online. The hybrid format will combine online and live content, under the helm of presenter Brent Pope.
Tackling issues that HR managers and business owners are facing, it’s the perfect online soiree for forward-thinking organisations. Plus, there’s more than 44 speakers, including Professor John Cryan (University College Cork) and Niamh Fitzpatrick (Psychological Society of Ireland) in attendance. Tickets from €65.
Full of SaaS!
One for the B2B SaaS community, Saa Stock is back with a twist – this time it’s going online. With tangible, helpful advice for scaling up, this one’s well-suited to any business owner looking for practical support. Better still, there’s a scholarship fund, helping those who may not otherwise afford to go attend. With the option to tune in from home, it’s expected to attract an even wider audience than the usual 4,000. Taking place online October 12-14, tickets go on sale soon.
It’s worth flagging up three other conferences that still plan to go ahead in person (at time of going to press).
The first is the famous All-Ireland Business Summit, returning to Croke Park in Dublin on 8 September. From recruiting talent, to learning how to recession-proof your business, this is an important event for business leaders, particularly those who might want to buy domain names. A pair of tickets start from €199.
Another event, ideal for anyone in the early stages of launching their business is The Start Summit. Currently planning to take place in Dublin Castle on 28 October, its ideal for early-stage entrepreneurs, looking to accelerate their business.
Finally, Biz Expo is Ireland’s largest B2B trade show, conference and networking event with small businesses in mind. Returning to Dublin this September, there’s over 140 exhibitors and 20 speakers. Ahead of going, make sure that you’ve bought a domain name and have plenty of business cards to circulate – it may be early stage, but you’ll want to be taken seriously.
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