• Start: 21st June 2023
    End: 23rd June 2023
  • Start: 9:00am
    End: 5:00pm
  • Cork City , Ireland

Business Trip - Cork (Ireland)

Start Date:

9:00am, 21st June 2023

End Date:

5:00pm, 23rd June 2023


Cork City - Ireland, Cork City , Ireland





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Part of the IPBN's mission and objective is to help our members in Portugal grow their businesses and develop strategic partnerships with Irish companies.

We therefore organised a four-day business trip of a group of IPBN Portuguese members to Cork City between Wednesday, June 21 and Saturday, June 24 where there had plenty of opportunities for meetings and networking with Irish Start-ups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs from different sectors.

Some of the highlights were:

  • The welcome from the Lord Mayor at the City Hall,
  • The introduction to all the local business agencies in Cork (ELO; IDA, CorkBIC, The Tech Industry Alliance and the Cork City Council)
  • The visit to Green Rebel and Hovione
  • Our B2B Matchmaking and networking events with Cork Chamber members and members from the EEN at the Innovation Hubs The Republic of Work and the Culture Co-Working Space and the Cork Chamber.
  • And of course, all the amazing moments and the bond we have developed with all our fantastic and amazing members, travelling together.

Very grateful for everyone involved in making this trip special and a success.

  • IPBN Board member Mario Gago,
  • Andrew Whitaker, Founder and CEO of the Culture Coworking Space,
  • IPBN Member based in Cork Kathy O’Dwyer who found us a fantastic hotel The Metropole Hotel Cork. at an incredible rate and made the introduction to the Lord Mayor,
  • Grace Kelleher from EEN and the Cork Chamber who organised all the B2B Matchmaking meetings between our  members and Cork businesses,
  • Seamus Coghlan, Head of Economic Development at Cork City Council, who welcomed us with the Lord Mayor at the City Hall and introduced us to all the local agencies based in Cork,
  • John O’Neill who welcomed us at Hovione and William O'Brien at Green Rebel.

And of course, a special thank you to all our members who trusted us to join us in this business trip. We hope we have opened the doors for you for new business opportunities and partnerships.

Let's keep the conversation going! Very important . This is not a one off. We now have Dublin and Cork and next week, we’ll look at Galway.

And we are already inviting a delegation of Cork businesses to Portugal soon.

You will find the full program below and pictures of the trip.


Day 1 – Wednesday June 21

AM - Ryanair Flight to Dublin. Then AirCoach to Cork

PM – 6.30pm to 7.30pm

  • Welcome from the Lord Mayor at the Cork City Hall 


  • Dinner with IPBN members based in Cork and special guests

Day 2 – Thursday June 22

AM – 0830 - 1000

  • Business Breakfast at the Local Enterprise Office 

AM - 1030 - 1200

  • Visit Green Rebel - Green Rebel was founded by environmental advocate and entrepreneur, Pearse Flynn, to provide an Irish based, complete offshore survey service, support offshore wind energy projects, and help Ireland achieve its climate objectives. 

LUNCH – 1230 Republic of Work

PM – 2pm to 5pm – Republic of Work – Frank Brennan - CEO

  • Special networking Members meet Members event between IPBN and the community Republic of Work startups and Cork Chamber members
    • Presentations
    • 1on1 meetings
    • Networking

PM - 6-30 to 7.30pm - Cork Chamber about Cork Eco-System


  • Dinner 

Day 3 – Friday June 23

AM – 0930 to 1200

  • Visit to Culture Co-working Hub – Andrew Whitaker - Founder
    • Special networking Members meet Members event between IPBN and their community members and Cork Chamber members
      • Presentations
      • 1on1 meetings
      • Networking

LUNCH - Culture Co-Working Marina

PM – 2pm to 5pm

EVENING - Cork Mid-Summer Festival

Day 4 – Saturday June 24

AM - AirCoach to Dublin. Then Ryanair Flight to:

  • Lisbon – 1740 - 2030
  • Faro – 1840 - 2135





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**Anyone purchasing IPBN Member Tickets must have valid IPBN Membership on the day of the event. If you would like to purchase IPBN membership please go to https://www.ireland-portugal.com/join/. To check your membership status please contact arnold.delville@ireland-portugal.com.