GMIT Innovation Hub and Galway Chamber present 'Start-up Stories'

Entrepreneurs Kevin McCaffrey and Brendan McLauglin to address iHub event (8 Oct, 6.30pm)


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Friday, September 25, 2015

As part of the Start-up Gathering 2015, Ireland's national start-up week, GMIT Innovation Hubs will host an evening of colourful start-up stories from successful entrepreneurs, on Thursday, 8 October, 6.30pm, at GMIT Galway’s Innovation Hub (iHub).

This free event is being run in partnership with Galway Chamber. GMIT and Galway Chamber have a long standing history working together to realise Galway’s potential as the leading location to live, work and do business.

Turlough Rafferty, Operations Manager, GMIT iHub, Galway, says: “Our vision is to deliver a connected, dynamic entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem where entrepreneurs, start-ups, growth companies and educational institutions can grow together.”

There will be a wine and food reception at the start of the event followed by speakers from GMI’s iHub, Galway Chamber and two guest entrepreneurs; Kevin McCaffrey, Founder of Tr3dent, and Brendan McLaughlin, CEO of Capsos Medical Ltd.

Kevin McCaffrey has over 25 years’ ICT experience, delivering on enterprise software and business transformation projects in North America, Europe and Africa. He has also previously built and exited three other technology companies. Tr3dent provide 3D Business Visualisation Solutions to corporate clients.

Brendan McLaughlin is a successful and experienced executive with more than 30 years of industry experience, with a proven track record of managerial and entrepreneurial achievement, most notably in the Medical Device sector. Capsos Medical has patented technology for a device to facilitate the safe and controlled crossing of the calcified cap of chronic total occlusions.

A networking opportunity to meet other GMIT iHub client companies, staff and members of Galway Chamber will take place afterwards. The event takes place on Thursday 8 October from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at GMIT Innovation Hub Galway. To register your attendance for this free event, visit

Carol Brady, Project Manager, Galway Chamber, says: “We are delighted to partner with GMIT iHub, Galway on this occasion as part of the Start-Up Gathering. We have a long standing collaborative relationship with GMIT and recognise the important role each of us must play in ensuring we have the best support system in place for our start-up and emerging entrepreneurs.” 

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Innovation Hub provide a number of funding and incubation supports to client companies co-located on GMIT campuses in Ireland West. For information on the supports on offer, contact Turlough Rafferty, Operations Manager, GMIT Innovation Hub Galway on 091742854, via twitter @turloughr or by email