Ludgate Propeller Series

The Ludgate Propeller Series was launched by Fiona Ryan, our Start Up & Entrepreneurship Manager in November 2021. The series is designed to aid start ups and entrepreneurs, offering webinars and workshops. Find out more about our Start Up Pillar here.


We welcomed John Deery, of The Public Speaking Course, in hub to present for our in person and online audience on “How To Effectively Communicate with Investors, Clients & Employees”. He delivered a powerful approach to ensuring that your communication style is one that will be successful at all stages of business.

Business & Innovation with The Welsh Government.

John O’Loughlin, Head of Trade and Investment for The Welsh Government in Ireland, joined us in hub to discuss business and innovation. One of their tasks is to help Irish companies bring their high quality investments to Wales. The event explored the supports available to businesses to expand into the Welsh market, funding sources available to businesses and networks and communities that businesses should explore in order to grow business.

Cognitive Performance: Insights for the Tech Entrepreneur with Des Golden.

As part of IT@Cork’s Tech Fest, Des Golden joined us virtually to discuss “Cognitive Performance for the Tech Entrepreneur”. Des facilitates leaders, entrepreneurs and teams from around the world to better performance. After spending time lecturing in Physical Education and coaching he studied the Neuroscience of Coaching at the Neuro leadership Institute (NLI). Des is a mindfulness practitioner and is a qualified health Coach with Precision Nutrition, Canada. He is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

The Art of Communication.

Judy Hopkins of Hopkins Communications joined us virtually for a discussion on best communication practices.

Twenty years ago, Judy Hopkins started out in the PR, Events, Digital Media and Marketing industry working in in-house retail, tourism and technology marketing roles, followed by international marketing agency positions and then on to the family business, Irish integrated marketing communications agency, Hopkins Communications.

Episode 3

Perfecting Your Pitch.

During episode 3 of The Ludgate Start-up Propeller Eamon Curtin of Ignite in UCC discussed “Perfecting Your Pitch”. The 45 minute presentation covered the important elements of a pitch and how they can help you become a more professional, confident, and persuasive entrepreneur.

Episode 2

Digital Marketing Essentials to Grow Your Business.

Episode 2 of Ludgate’s Propeller Series, for Start ups and established Businesses, welcomed Marie Wiseman, founder of Wiser Marketing. Wiser Marketing is a West Cork based marketing consultancy offering training, advice and practical help in delivering all forms of marketing initiatives, working with micro and small businesses as well as start-ups.

Episode 1

Financial and Educational Supports Overview with LEO.

We welcomed Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise at LEO, and Deirdre O’ Mahoney, Senior Enterprise Development Officer at LEO on Thursday 18th November 2021 for the first episode of Ludgate’s Propeller Series.


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