During the course of the day, there were 24 talks delivered by experts with knowledge and learning to share.

The 6 themes covered on the day were:

  • Creativity, Innovation & Technology
  • Growth & Exporting
  • Finance
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • My Story & Inspiration
  • Motivation & Wellbeing

Speakers (in alphabetical order) …


Chris Brogan Chris Brogan, expert in online, social media and realted technologies, author, speaker and renowned blogger, Boston, President of Human Business Works, author of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust [2010], Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online [2010] and Google + for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything [2011].
Google+: Chris Brogan, @chrisbrogan

See Chris Brogan speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Recorded specially for Border Bizcamp via Skype from Boston
Colm Colgan Colm Colgan owns and runs two businesses. Bailieboro Supplies – A distribution company and Colgan & Associates – A consultancy firm. He has been in business for over 20 years, lives in and works from Bailieboro where he moved from Dublin in 2004. He is married to his business partner Lorraine for 28 years and they have 4 children aged 18 -26. His interests include politics, community activities, radio and stand up comedy.
LinkedIn: Colm Colgan www.bailieborosupplies.ie
John D'Arcy John D’Arcy Director at Open University Ireland, Chairman of Oh Yeah Music Centre, Board member of Sports NI, former CEO of Colleges, NI, former Director at BDO Stoy Hayward, former President of NI Ten Pin Bowling Federation and manager/coach of the NI Tenpin bowling team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
LinkedIn: John D’Arcy
Gerry Duffy Gerry Duffy, Motivational Speaker, Writer and Endurance Athlete. Winner of the UK DECA Enduroman Ironman 2011. (Swim 24 miles, Cycle 1,160 miles Run 262 miles)…and entrepreneur!! Gerry brings with him boundless energy and mental toughness that is so critical not only to extreme athletes, but also to business people at all stages.
LinkedIn: Gerry Duffy, @32marathons

See Gerry speaking at BorderBizcamp here

Mairead Flynn Mairead Flynn Yoga Teacher, Stress Management Therapist, Reflexologist and Teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. Her passion for the adventure of being human has taken Mairead to ashrams,convents and universities. Trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Bangor University. Delighted to be involved in the ‘mindfulness based approaches’ currently proving their worth in the world of mental health, education, leadership and business.
LinkedIn: Mairead Flynn, www.ways-to-wellness.org
Charlie & Maria Girsche Charlie & Maria Girsche Award winning independent Toy Designers for more than 25 years with over 200 toy and game ideas licensed, inventors of six kids, authors, trainers, founders of Creativity Central.Through Creativity Central they teach, publish and speak on the topic of creative thinking skills for everyone.

See Charlie & Maria speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Live at BorderBizcamp via Skype from Denver, Colorado
Trish Hegarty Trish Hegarty Founder of Inis Communications, former producer, presenter & reporter at BBC, former freelance journalist with The Irish Times, RTE, Playback Magazine and Independent Radio. Inis Communications is a PR and Social Media agency serving clients in the North West and right across the island.
LinkedIn: Trish Hegarty www.iniscommunications.com@iniscomm

See Trish speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Marcus Isherwood Marcus Isherwood MD Creative Media, former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Omagh, former Business Ambassador IntertradeIreland, Board Member of Barnardos, Omagh Business Awards Business Person of the Year, marathon runner.
LinkedIn: Marcus Isherwood @isherwoodmar
Jane Kelly Jane Kelly Co-founder and Creative Director of Big Mountain Productions, producer & director of series and documentaries for BBC, Granada Television, UTV, RTÉ and TG4. Winner of the Outstanding Small Business of the Year, 2012. The company generates and produces IP rich original television and formats for broadcasters worldwide.
www.bigmountainproductions.com @_BigMountain
Jerry Kennelly Jerry Kennelly, serial entrepreneur promoter of innovation, creativity & entrepreneurship in Ireland. Founder & CEO at Tweak.com, former Founder & CEO Stockbyte and Stockdisc Co-founder Young Entrepreneur Programme, Junior Entrepreneur Programme and Endevour Programme – Irelands leading Accellerator Programme.
LinkedIn: Jerry Kennelly, @jerrykennelly

See Jerry Kennelly speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Unconfirmed yet as to whether in person or via skype
Barry Kieran Barry Kieran is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and is the Managing Partner with the accountancy and business advisory practice Amatino Partners. As Managing Partner of the firm, he has been responsible for the development of the corporate restructuring, insolvency and business advisory side of the business. Barry specialises in providing strategic advice to clients with regard to their business development and financial management.
LinkedIn: Barry Kieran www.amatino.ie
David Kirk, mentor, investor, entrepreneur & web professional, Director at Planzai, Former VP at Cisco Systems and AOL, based in San Franscisco.Live at BorderBizcamp via Skype from San Francisco David Kirk, mentor, investor, entrepreneur & web professional, Director at Planzai, Former VP at Cisco Systems and AOL, based in San Franscisco.
LinkedIn: David Kirk, @dhkirk Live at Border Bizcamp via Skype from San Francisco
David Knowles Instructional Design, Biochemist, native of Castleblayney, Co-founder of Agile Education Technologies, founder of Agile Learning Group, advocate of Lean Start-Up principles.
LinkedIn: David Knowles, @KnowlesDJ, @mobimath5
Bill Liao, Australian entrepreneur, author, leading social networking pioneer and philanthropist – the “sixth dragon”!! CEO of Finaxis AG, European Venture Parner at SOSVentures, Co-founder at Xing AG, Founder at WeForest.com, advisor at Playmob, co-founder of CoderDojo– a not-for-profit organisation that teaches children how to code. Author of “Stone Soup – The Secret Recipe for making something out from nothing”.
LinkedIn: Bill Liao, @liaonet Live at BorderBizcamp via Skype from Cork
Sarah Jane Lynch Founder of The Design Basket – an online space where people can shop for a very unique and special present from a wide selection of contemporary Irish designers.
LinkedIn: Sarah Jane Lynch www.thedesignbasket.com @TheDesignBasket
Paul McAvoy Google Apps Guy’ with Baker Security & Networks, ‘Cloud’ evangelist, 25 years in IT, originally from Carrickmacross.
LinkedIn: Paul McEvoy@go_oodles

See Paul speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Paul McElvaney is the co-founder at Learning Pool, the Derry based e-learning company ranked by Deloitte as the fastest growing tech company in Northern Ireland last year. Originally from Monaghan Paul describes himself as a geek, a sales guy and a grafter.Paul is @mcelvaney on Twitter and blogs (occasionally) at http://idiotentrepreneur.com
LinkedIn: Paul McElvaney @mcelvaney
Heather McLaughlin Manager of the European Commission Information Office, founder of e-management, founder of Cultural Awareness, promoter of cross cultural study visits, trainer and all from a base in Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
LinkedIn: Heather McLaughlin www.culturalawareness.org.uk @HMcL
Martin McVicar, local entrepreneur, inventor, founding partner and chief engineer at Combilift. Winner of the Ernest & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.Combilift exports globally from Monaghan.

See Marting McVicar speaking at Border Bizcamp 2012 here

Benny O’Hanlon, Entrepreneur, Founder & Managing Director of Todds Leap Activity Center, motivational speaker, instructor in off-road driving, promoter of positive thinking and having fun!
LinkedIn: Benny O’Hanlon @toddsleap
Andy Pollak, Founding Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh. The Centre for Cross Border Studies, researches and develops practical cross-border cooperation across the Irish border. Andy is a former journalist with the Irish Times. In relation to all matters cross border, Andy has his finger on the pulse and writes regularly and eloquently about the nuances that make this region unique.
LinkedIn: Andy Pollak, @borderpeople
Bill Reichert, Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board member, advisor, speaker, author and mentor,MD at Garage Technology Ventures, California.
LinkedIn: Bill Reichert, @billreichert Live at BorderBizcamp via Skype from San Francisco
Dr. John Teeling, former Founder & Chairman of Cooley DistilleryLeading Irish Entrepreneur, with an interest in a number of natural resource companies. Dr Teeling is a consistent entrepreneur who has actively contributed to the education of future entreprenuers in his time as an educator at UCD where he lectured in Business Adminstration for 20 year. Brought his business experience to students during a 20 year lecturing career at UCD.

See Dr. John Teeling speaking at BorderBizcamp 2012 here

Rose Tierney Rose Tierney is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser qualified to practice in both the UK and Ireland. After many years in practice in London and Dublin she set up her own business Tierney Tax Consultancy based on the border almost 8 years ago. With nearly 20 years experience working with businesses from large multinationals to sole trader start ups Rose now concentrates on assisting SME’s and their accountants and legal advisers on tax matters arising in both jurisdictions.
LinkedIn: Rose Tierney www.tierneytax.ie