A new social hub for young entrepreneurs is launching on the South Mall, called NOTwork. The first event which is being hosted by Ernest Cantillon in Sugar Cube from 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 28th May, will be free of charge and will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to come and mix with like-minded local and international entrepreneurs, all at various stages in their businesses.
Itâ€™s the brainchild of Gillian Keating, Chairperson of the Cork City Centre Forum. â€œThere is a growing momentum to show just how much is going on in the city centre, from recent high profile commercial and retail developments, to businesses connecting more with festivals and events and I just thought that with so many young entrepreneurs working and living in the city centre, it would be a good idea to bring them together in a strictly social arena to enjoy each otherâ€™s company and the buzz of activity on the South Mall.
Gillian added â€œFor the first session we are going to bring some well-known entrepreneurs to the event, who are really excited about having the opportunity to just hang out and chat to the people, we will have some music, a few board games and cards, table tennis going on, no real agenda just a chill out space which encourages rather than forces connections, chat and a bit of craic.â€
â€œI got the idea from talking to a few people who feel the same as me; that if we put on activities, people will come; and where better than in the heart of our business district, the South Mall. When I approached people like Greg and Deirdre from Fuzion and Ernest from Electric they immediately came on board as all are strong advocates of promoting just how great a place the South Mall is to work and to play. Miriam Cronin who looks after many budding entrepreneurs in UCC Gateway also has been very proactive in her support as has Ronan Murphy from Smarttech who is also Chairman of it@Cork, Jerry Oâ€™Brien of Radisens Technology and Pat Phelan of Trustev who have already agreed to come along on the night and connect with other Cork entrepreneurs.â€
Entry to NOTwork is free of charge, but as space is limited people are being asked to pre-register for the first event on Thursday 28th May. Just follow @NOTwork on twitter and facebook for further information and for online booking details.