Today, the Federation of Irish Sport announced the final panel of the upcoming Irish Sport Industry Innovation Series. The panel, which will focus on investment in innovation both in Ireland and Europe, is the penultimate speaker announcement for next week’s highly anticipated series.

The Federation is delighted to welcome Benny Cullen, Director of Research and Innovation at Sport Ireland, Cormac MacDonnell, Innovation and EU Funding Manager at Sport Ireland and Alberto Bichi, Executive Director of EPSI to discuss the trends and opportunities for investment in innovation projects both in Ireland and on the continent. The panel, which will follow Minister Jack Chambers’ keynote address, will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge on the current innovation landscape, the impact COVID-19 has had in driving the pace of innovation in the sector, and serve to inspire sport and physical activity organisations to take the next steps in seeking funding opportunities for innovation ideas and initiatives.

The panel completes a stellar line up for the Investment themed evening which includes a discussion on CSR and corporate investment in sport and physical activity, an address by Minister of state with responsibility for Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers and an insight into the opportunities and trends in innovation funding. The evening will be hosted by Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business.

7pm: Welcome by Mary O’Connor, CEO Federation of Irish Sport

7.10pm: Panel discussion –  “Sport and Physical Activity as a vehicle for corporate investment” with Aoife Clarke, LIDL, Richie Gernon, EBS and Denise Charlton, Community Foundation

7.40pm: Keynote address by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State with Responsibility for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers.

8.10pm: Panel Discussion –  “Trends and opportunities for investment in innovation” with Benny Cullen, Sport Ireland, Cormac MacDonnell, Sport Ireland and Alberto Bichi, EPSI

8.40pm: Close

With one final announcement to come this week, tickets for the series are selling fast. Be sure to join us for three evenings of discussion and engagement. Secure your place at The series takes place from 20th – 22nd April 2021, with the Investment night set for the 20th.

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Contact: Sinead Conroy