In March 2020 we celebrated our annual St Patrick’s Day Business Lunches in Melbourne and Sydney. This was a very uneasy time as COVID19 was starting to spread within the community and people were slowly starting isolate. We were fortunate enough to go ahead with the events but the following week, we too were isolating and working from home and so began the first national lockdown within Australia.
Fast forward a year and we are now extremely blessed that restrictions are easing and we were able to hold a total of 20 virtual and in-person events to celebrate Irish Business Successes within ANZ around St Patricks. However, we were very mindful of how bitter sweet this opportunity was, as we thought of those in Ireland and in the rest of the world who are still under lockdown and were unable to celebrate in person but participated in many of the events we hosted virtually.
We kicked off our St Patricks Business Events by launching the Women in Business Mentor Program. The program takes place over the next three months. Each mentee is focused on entering the Australian market and will be paired with a local business leader who will assist them with local market intelligence and developing go-to market strategy.
We also held our quarterly advisory panels and were grateful to be once again amongst friends and colleagues in both Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand. Abodoo, CX Academy and Frankli presented to the panels and were well received and were offered fantastic advice from our panel members.
This month, we also held two new panels. The first was The Energy – Welcome to Market Event which was held virtually and hosted by Killian Deeley and attended by Minister Troy and HE Breandán Ó Caollaí. We then hosted our first Healthcare Panel virtually, hosted by Judith Harrington with companies Swiftqueue, Noavaerus and Orphan Drug Consulting presenting at the event.
In Melbourne and Sydney we hosted our ‘Ireland Revisited’ event, inviting people who have visited Ireland with us over the last decade to reconnect with were able to do this in Sydney whilst watching the greening of the Opera House on St Patrick’s Day. The weather that day did remind of us of Ireland and whilst we very fortunate to be together to celebrate our thoughts were with our friends, family and colleagues back home.
Our Senior Market Advisor, Kim Gilbert hosted the quarterly Construction Panel where companies BMS Manufacture & LiveCosts presented. The companies received fantastic advice from our panel and we look forward to our next construction panel, perhaps not the day after St Patrick’s Day!
We also participated in #AccelerateRegtech2021 hosted by Australia’s peak industry body RegTech Association. The event attracted 1100 people virtually, and Enterprise Ireland were a panelist in a Global Trade discussion alongside Austrade, HK Fintech and DIT. We also supported 7 client companies at our Digital Expo stand. The event provided fantastic exposure for Enterprise Ireland and our clients with many important strategic relationships established.
Two of our final events took place this week and wrapped up our St Patrick’s business events. Niall Casey, our Market Advisor hosted the Agri Panel, with companies MagGrow and Famflo presenting to panel members based in ANZ and Ireland.
Finally our Innovation Showcase took place with several of Enterprise Ireland’s corporate partners across ANZ. During these sessions, a number Irish firms were given the opportunity to address specific challenges and opportunities such as customer experience and loyalty.
This was a very successful St Patrick’s period and we look forward to next year where we hope that we can celebrate globally in person.