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    Cork City honoured with prestigious award from the Chinese Government

    On 11 November, Cork City received a major prestigious award from the Chinese Government at the China International Friendship Cities Conference 2016 in Chongqing, China. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill, travelled to Chongqing to participate in the Conference at the invitation of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and he also received the Friendship City Award for Exchanges and Cooperation with China, from Mr. Qing Boming, Secretary General of China International Friendship Cities Association on behalf of the people o

    On 11 November, Cork City received a major prestigious award from the Chinese Government at the China International Friendship Cities Conference 2016 in Chongqing, China. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Des Cahill, travelled to Chongqing to participate in the Conference at the invitation of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and he also received the Friendship City Award for Exchanges and Cooperation with China, from Mr. Qing Boming, Secretary General of China International Friendship Cities Association on behalf of the people of Cork.

    Speaking about the award, the Lord Mayor said: “This prestigious honour is particularly satisfying as Cork was one of only three cities from the Shanghai’s 85 Sister Cities to be nominated for an award. Coming after the very successful 10th Anniversary celebration of the Sister City relationship in 2015, it has strengthened the bonds between Cork and one of the great World Cities, Shanghai…

    …This is testament to the many organisations and individuals that have made this relationship work for the benefit of the citizens in both cities. I have been told that Shanghai nominated Cork for this major Cork because Shanghai and Cork City is the first pairing of Sister Cities between China and Ireland and, since the conclusion of the Agreement between the two cities, there have been more and more bilateral visits, deepening the understanding between each other and leading to valuable exchanges in the areas of economy and trade, education, culture, local government and training, which, in turn, has contributed remarkably to the social and economic development of both cities.”

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    Cork Project on Reusing Waste for the Circular Economy Wins EU Award

    Circular Ocean, a European project managed in Ireland by Macroom E (an initiative and wholly owned subsidiary of Cork County Council*) recently won the Public Choice category of the European Commission’s RegioStars Awards, which took place during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.  The award was presented to the Circular Ocean team by the European Commissioner for Regional Pol

    Circular Ocean, a European project managed in Ireland by Macroom E (an initiative and wholly owned subsidiary of Cork County Council*) recently won the Public Choice category of the European Commission’s RegioStars Awards, which took place during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.  The award was presented to the Circular Ocean team by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu.

    One of the key objectives of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. Winning this award has put the spotlight on Circular Ocean as being one of this year’s most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects.

    Circular Ocean is a transnational European project which aims to inspire remote communities to realise the economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes and help turn this marine waste into a useful resource supporting the move to a more circular economy.

    As part of the project’s research phase, Macroom E is currently connecting with key stakeholders in ports and harbours across the Irish NPA region to research the problem of discarded fishing nets and ropes locally and to look at the feasibility of creating green enterprises around this waste in these areas. Stakeholders across these Irish counties include harbour masters, fishermen, fishing net manufactures, business support groups etc.


    Over the next three years the project partners will work with these stakeholders to promote the green economy by finding solutions to re-use waste, driving eco-innovation, generating efficient and environmentally responsible businesses, and diminishing levels of marine litter.  They will develop resources to support the creation of local enterprises around the use of discarded fishing nets and ropes including a ‘Green Business Suite’ targeted at stakeholders who can benefit from this innovative knowledge.

    View the Circular Ocean animations: http://www.circularocean.eu/videos/

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Over 1,600 entrepreneurs, digital marketers, technology enthusiasts, students and those embarking on a digital journey are expected to attend Ireland’s second ever National Digital Week which will take place over the next 3 days in Skibbereen in the heart of West Cork. The event has been organised by the Ludgate Hub, Ireland's first rural digital hub and is supported by event partners AIB, Vodafone and Google.
Pictured at the event was Grainne Dwyer (CEO Ludgate Hub) & Callum Donnelly (Co-organiser National Digital Week).

Picture: Emma Jervis Photography

    Skibbereen was the place to be this November for all things ‘Digital’!

    National Digital Week returned to Skibbereen again this year from 10-12 November. Following the outstanding success of the events held in 2015, this year was another huge success, with world class speakers from start-ups to industry leaders giving talks and participating in panel discussions on all things digital! The Ludgate@Skibbereen project has brought fantastic visibility to the Cork region over the last year, and their successes are testament to what can be achieved through collaboration to bring the new digital reality t

    National Digital Week returned to Skibbereen again this year from 10-12 November. Following the outstanding success of the events held in 2015, this year was another huge success, with world class speakers from start-ups to industry leaders giving talks and participating in panel discussions on all things digital!

    The Ludgate@Skibbereen project has brought fantastic visibility to the Cork region over the last year, and their successes are testament to what can be achieved through collaboration to bring the new digital reality to rural communities.

    #NDW16 in Numbers:

    13.7million tweet impressions

    €450,000 seed fund

    1600 attendees

    84 speakers

    47 staff and volunteers

    8 live music events

    7 venues

    1 amazing week!

    See more at www.digitalweek.ie / @DigitalWeekIRL / #NDW16

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    Cork hosts major international Startup Summit as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

    Late last year Cork was selected by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to host the 2016 Summit of the Startup Nations Network. This annual Summit (SNS) is the pinnacle event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) - a collection of 30,000 events (with 10 million participants across the network of 160+ countries) worldwide.  The

    Late last year Cork was selected by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to host the 2016 Summit of the Startup Nations Network. This annual Summit (SNS) is the pinnacle event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – a collection of 30,000 events (with 10 million participants across the network of 160+ countries) worldwide.  The Startup Nations Summit (SNS) gathers a network of startup community leaders and policymakers from around the world to help better enable high impact entrepreneurship, especially through the identification of policy levers and smart public sector driven programs and this is the first time that the Summit will be hosted in a European location with previous locations including Ottawa (2012); Kuala Lumpur (2013); Seoul (2014); Monterrey (2015).

    The weekend of activities (17-20 November) will comprise a wide selection of fringe events, with some of the headline activities including:

    Startup Island: Spike Island (a former prison) will play host to a gritty, two-day, overnight bootcamp that will challenge the way startups think. With a host of leading entrepreneurs set to offer key business insights, as well as those sharing their own startup stories.

    The Global Investor Challenge: The CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge, powered by Bank of Ireland is looking for the most investible Startups and Entrepreneurs to pitch in Cork on 18-20 November 2016. Shortlisted Irish and international startups will battle it out as part of the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge. Finalists will go head to head on Startup Island on Friday 18 November, with 3 finalists pitching at the Startup Nations Summit Gala Dinner on Sat 19 Nov with an opportunity to win a €50,000 prize fund.

    Startup Nations Summit in Numbers

    • 153 International Delegates

    • 50 Countries Represented

    • 113 Organisations Represented

    • 23 Government Organisations Represented

    • 12 Educational Organisations Represented

    • 54 Community Organisations Represented