The Weekly Roundup February 19 - 23

Network News and More

This week on the roundup: scale, focus, women, success, workspaces, retreats, guest speakers, contributions, expansion, networking, scholarships, pride, recruitment, standards, journeys, critical aspects, innovation, optimization, integration, immigration, consortiums, challenges, sustainability, renewable energy, and more!

But first...

For all our members and friends in Ireland thinking of Portugal as a business destination, the Lisboa City Council is pleased to announce the launch of a free special edition, in partnership with Time Out Lisboa, entitled “iLisboa – A city with scale.” This exclusive edition celebrates Lisboa’s distinction as the winner of the iCapital award, recognizing it as the European Capital of Innovation. Committed to highlighting Lisboa’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, “iLisboa – A city with scale” features a variety of captivating content for readers interested in the city’s innovation scene.


The IPBN will be in Dublin at the end of May to celebrate Portugal as an Innovation destination to do business with. Details will be announced soon!

And now...

IPBN Executive Partner Ardanis' Head of Product Design Jamie Brown talks to Jason Walsh of the Business Post this week about how the focus on Customer Experience (CX) and User Experience (UX) is rising up the agenda.

IPBN Board member Sharon Farrell posted about the Women of the Algarve. She said, "International Women's Day is Our Day! Join us on Thursday March 7th for an elegant lunch at Vila Vita Parc, networking, and inspiring discussions with accomplished, award-winning women at the beautiful Vila Vita Parc. It's a day to uplift, inspire, and connect with one another. For all the details and for the full programme. RSVP: Kamila Sitwell – or +44 78 32 22 83 12."

IPBN member Core Optimisation is delighted to welcome and introduce Ger Hayden as their new Head of Client Success. "Ger joins us from Accenture Song and has over a decade of agency experience working as a Digital Performance Strategist across Irish and international brands such as Google, Meta, Eir, RTÉ, Samsung, Energia, Mitsubishi, LIDL, & McDonald's."

IPBN Board Member Invest Lisboa and IPBN member Regus Algarve are betting big on Portugal and will strengthen their presence in Lisbon and Porto with new workspaces. "This important brand of business centres will soon have new additions in our country, with Regus Dom João V in Lisbon and Regus Porto Bom Sucesso in Porto, which will provide state-of-the-art amenities for companies of all sizes."

IPBN member Rachael Milne shared that she just wrapped up a fantastic weekend with Victoria Sky, finalizing details for our upcoming 3-day retreat in Portugal! (April 12th-15th, 2024). "Now accepting applications for this luxurious getaway on the stunning Algarve coast, just a quick Taxi ride from Faro Airport."

IPBN member Glandore sent a huge thank you to Louise Phelan for joining as a guest speaker at their upcoming Alumni event this year! "With her wealth of knowledge and expertise, we're really looking forward to the event which will be held at No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place. Learn more about Louise below. Louise Phelan is a high-level Strategic Commercial Advisor with leading global companies."

IPBN member Sam Marchetti was privileged to be able to contribute to the amazing work of CSIL, ICONS Innovation Strategies and their partners as part of this project on Knowledge Valorisation through Citizen Engagement.

IPBN member Antonio Rocha from MobiWeb shared 2024 Goals: Host a Product Weekend. "I've attended 3 editions in Lisbon and 1 in Porto, which tells 2 things: I really liked it and I've seen how it all unfolds enough times. And those seemed like, at least, good enough reasons for Joao Moita and Sergiu Lazar Angelescu to ask me to host Product Weekend in Porto as they focus on expanding the brand all over the world."

IPBN member Elaine Godley asked, "Are you a Networker?" Membership of The Perfect Health HUB provides HEALTH NETWORKING twice weekly PLUS access to over 100 other networks through our collaboration. Take a look!

IPBN member Vale do Lobo was honoured to be present at the 12th edition of the University of the Algarve's Excellence Scholarships, where 117 students were recognised for their excellent results. "Represented by our HR Director, Duarte do Carmo Vaz, we were proud to award our scholarship to Ana Marta Silva, enrolled in the Psychology course at Dr Laura Ayres Secondary School in Quarteira, with an average of 17.28 points."

IPBN member João Marques Seguros said, "If there is one thing we are proud of at João Marques Seguros, it is that we can always count on the best partners, so that together we can bring you the best offers in the insurance market!"

IPBN member Hilton Vilamoura invites you to join them at the Highgate Higher Talent recruitment event! February 28th – Hilton Porto Gaia and March 7th – Palácio do Governador (Lisbon), Step into your future!

IPBN Partner Escola Superior de Biotecnologia da Universidade Católica Portuguesa posted that working in the food chain sector comes with its challenges. "Especially when the standards and references related to Food Safety Management Systems are constantly updated and require in-depth knowledge. For this reason, after a 1st edition, ESB is once again launching the Food Safety Management Course! Learn more about this course here."

IPBN member Figs on the Funcho invites you to join them for a 7-day painting retreat featuring accommodation, delectable cuisine, and panoramic countryside views. Suitable for all levels, the experience guarantees relaxation, confidence-building, and artistic inspiration. Painting partners are warmly invited to share in this creative journey. 

IPBN member Phinity Risk Solutions' Lee Bristow and Andrew Brown will have an insightful discussion as they delve into the critical aspects of Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) in the context of DORA, and you're invited.

IPBN member Carlos Justino posted, "As part of the MadeinWeb team, I'm delighted to share our recognition as leaders in Digital Innovation in the ISG Provider Lens™ 2023 report. This honour reflects our dedication to pioneering in technology and innovation. To delve deeper into our achievements and the full report, I invite you to join us on our ongoing journey of digital transformation."

IPBN member WEbrand Academy asked, "Do you want to master Google Analytics?" They have the ideal course for you! In this course, guided by the trainer Bruno Valinhas, Head of Analytics at Jornal Público, you will learn how to create and optimize an account that will allow you to analyse the data of your website, and understand how you can obtain all the essential information of the users who visit it.

IPBN member Brendan O’Neill says "Gen Z is reshaping work cultures and expectations, making their integration key to organizational growth and adaptability in the evolving business landscape. I'm really looking forward to this IPBN masterclass with Rhia Murray: "How Can Leaders Better Engage Millennials and Gen Z to Retain and Realise Their Potential?" You can already register here."

IPBN Board member EDGE International Lawyers shared a Portuguese Nationality Update: "Changes to the Nationality Law are constitutional. Residency application time will count for the 5 years needed for nationality. EDGE - International Lawyers updates you on this following our latest articles. Please check the article here for latest updates."

IPBN member Sam Marchetti at ConsortiaCo will be sponsoring the Cork Meetup for Startups on March 6th at Republic of Work. He says, "Myself, Yana and Cathal will be there to chat about all things Sustainable Enterprise from growth strategy to digitalisation, accessing grants, winning bids and developing consortiums. Register for free here."

IPBN member Joao Fernandes FAmazing shared, "At the heart of the digital age, digital marketing transcends algorithms, shaping itself as the driving force behind innovation and sustainable growth. For all professionals in the field, the challenge is twofold: mastering the technological complexity of solutions and tools while remaining faithful to the creative essence that defines marketing."

IPBN member KRA Portugal posted that the real estate sector in Portugal is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability. "At KRA Portugal, we're proud to be at the forefront of this movement."

IPBN member Amarenco is a pure player in the renewable energy sector. They shared, "Our main activity is to ensure the generation and use of renewable energy and to reduce the carbon footprint of the countries in which we operate. Download our 2022 ESG Report here."

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