Boost My Business has put together a guide to some of this month's best business events meant to educate, inform, and inspire Irish SMEs and start-ups.

Dogpatch Labs First Fridays for Start-ups is on April 2nd 'where members of the start-up ecosystem can come together on a regular basis, enabling them to learn, connect and grow.’ You will find more information here.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland are holding an event on 13th April focusing on Brexit and intellectual property. You can find more information about the event here.

The Business Show Virtual Summit have their final webinar on April 13th Digital Evolution: Achieving Excellence in Digital and Delivery - panellists will be covering a variety of areas including the process for end-to-end digital transformation, how to achieve customer excellence on your digital platforms and how bringing technology and connectivity to regions is a factor in rural businesses going digital. Find out more here

The Amazon Ireland Bootcamp is being held on 13th & 14th April. This is an excellent opportunity for small businesses to learn how to sell in the platform. Tickets are free and you can register here.

Republic of Work's weekly Lunch and Learn series has some great opportunities for you to learn how to better connect with your customers this month. You can check out their events here.

Also on April 14th SFA members can join the Simple Focus on your business webinar where members will learn how to stop managing their time, and start managing their focus.

SFA are also hosting an Employment Law Seminar on April 22nd – the event is open to both members and non-members and will be an extremely beneficial to all small business owners and HR professionals. You can find information about these and other SFA events here.

It’s technology month at Guaranteed Irish and on April 15th they are holding their Technology Forum – GROW Online - ‘discussing the latest trends and challenges facing the tech sector with a focus on the tech start-up eco-system within Ireland and how this can help Ireland recovery from the economic effects of Covid-19.’ You can find out more about this event here.

AwakenHub's Female Founder series on April 20th is Investor Readiness - How to Build a Successful Investor-Entrepreneur Relationship. The panel line-up includes Susan Kelly, Founder & CEO of Respiratory Analytics, Jennifer Neff Co-Founder & CEO of Elemental and Mary McKenna Investor & Co-founder of AwakenHub. Denise McQuaid CEO of GoBeyond hosts. You can find out all about this event here and more about the female founders network here.

Startacus are holding LEVELUP a 2-day hybrid event on April 21-22 as part of Derry & Strabane Enterprise Week. It includes a series of inspirational sessions including discussions on Smart Cities, Places and Rural Innovation, Retail and High Street, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Health and Wellness Social Change and Diversity & Inclusion. You can find more information and register for these events here.

The Business Show – Rebooting Ireland event is held on April 22nd. You can watch panel discussions and fireside chats about the future of Irish business. You can find out more here.

If you are looking for an evening of inspiration check out the Spring 2021 IGNITE Showcase & Awards on April 22nd. Find tickets here.

On April 23rd ISME are holding a virtual panel discussion RESTART IRELAND where the panellists will be discussing the plans in place to reopen businesses in Ireland, compliance of the restrictions and the vaccine rollout. The panel are Minister Robert Troy, Professor Luke O'Neill and Nuala Mulqueeney Managing Director of Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre. You can register for this event here.

The Irish Startup Conference 2021 is held on April 27th. The webinar is hosted by AFIXR & Startup Network Europe and will focus on Practical Steps to Scale your Start-up. You can find more information about the event here.

Orbidal are sharing their tender expertise on April 28th. How a First-Time Tenderer Can Win a Contract is a free 30-minute webinar where you will learn all about the tender process and gain expert tips on how to have your business come out on top. For more information and registration click here.

IRDG are holding their Sustainability Form - Sustainability. Unlocking the Innovation Opportunity on 28th & 29th April and you can get more information on it here.

On April 29 NovaUCD are hosting Equal1 Labs and Zipp Mobility in Conversation with Olive Keogh. Prof. Bogdan Staszewski, co-founder, Equal1 Labs and Charlie Gleeson, founder Zipp Mobility will give an honest account of their start-up experiences and explain their intentions in the quantum computer and micro mobility industries, respectively. You'll find tickets to the event here.

Entries for the National Project Awards are closing on May 1st. Ireland's most outstanding project in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will be recognised on 24th June 2021 at this year’s Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) annual National Project Awards in association with PwC. Nominations for the Covid-19 Response Award will be closing on May 1st and can be voted for here. Additional categories for this year’s virtual awards include Project Professional of the Year, Project Management for Social Good, Private Sector Project of the Year, PMO of the Year and Public Sector Project of the Year. Submissions for these categories will close on May 17th and information on how to enter can be found here.

And for those interested in InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition there are several information workshops held throughout April to ready you for applications closing on 28th May. You will find dates here. The Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition is the perfect chance to get ‘investor ready’. The Seedcorn contest mirrors the real-life investment process. Participants, who are in with a chance to win a share of a €300,000 cash prize fund, can secure expert feedback on their business plans and pitches, improve their investor readiness and gain exposure to investors, all while boosting their firm’s profile.

If you have a business event you feel would be appropriate for our Boost My Business audience email and we'll keep the list updated.

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