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ENTERPRISING23 MC and Networking Masterclass facilitator

October 11, 2023

We had previously seen Lisa in action, so she was our first choice as MC for our recent ENTERPRISING23 event – and we knew immediately we were in good hands. 

From the outset Lisa grasped our vision and goals for ENTERPRISING23 and became an invaluable member of the organising team.  Lisa did her homework and attended briefing sessions with panellists and participants in advance of the event, offering constructive advice and suggestions on format and tone.

On the day itself, Lisa skilfully guided the participants and contributors through the proceedings – reading the room and injecting both humour and a firm hand when required.  Lisa is a master of her craft and a pleasure to work with – make her your first choice too.

John Brennan CEO WestBIC

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Enterprising A day of innovation, ideas and Communication

September 18, 2023

Heading to Sligo this October to a room that will be filled with innovators, entrepreneurs and risk takers.

Enterprising will focus on driving innovation and contributing to the development of a smarter, more competitive region (consisting of the West and North West of Ireland).

Enterprising is primarily targeted at pre-seed & seed stage start-ups who are under 5 years old and also High-Potential Start-ups with ambitions to scale their business, but also Innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, third level institutions, business support organisations, financiers, accelerators, incubators etc.

Thank you WestBIC for this hosting opportunity and for the masterclass I will be hosting in how to network effectively and more enjoyably.

Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office Sligo, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Western Development Commission, HBAN, University of Galway IdeasLab and New Frontiers NW and West.

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Award winning entrepreneurial program kicks off at University of Galway

June 14, 2023

IdeasLab Start100 to show impact that can happen in just 100 days

University of Galway IdeasLab has taken home gold for their Start100 Program in the Entrepreneurship at universities category at the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) Conference held earlier this month in Budapest. IdeasLab’s Start100 Program which supports entrepreneurial students to take their idea to impact in 100 days was acknowledged for its great emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and support, and showcases stories from across the entrepreneurial spectrum to create relatable and achievable role models.

Based in the heart of University of Galway campus, IdeasLab are back with their six-week student incubator programme, Start100. Now in its second year, this year there are 12 teams who are embarking on an entrepreneurial journey with the aim of taking their innovative idea to the next step.

‘Within a year Start100 has been embraced by our entire ecosystem and the support we are receiving from mentors, judges and our community is a testament to the importance of nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in Universities.  This year we have increased our number of projects to 12 based on the huge demand for Start100 from our incredible students.  We have ideas that span digital health and sports, skincare, AI, agriculture and sustainability.   We are looking forward to showcasing our entrepreneurs at our demo day on the 29th of June’ Dr Natalie Walsh, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, University of Galway.

Throughout the programme Start100 teams will have the chance to hone their business model and connect into a vibrant startup ecosystem. Start100 will link students with a bank of University of Galway Alumni, mentors, and speakers to inspire, advise and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This programme also connects students into a thriving community of innovators and entrepreneurs across Ireland. This year, the varied group of student entrepreneurs have ideas ranging- from an app designed to improve your rowing capabilities to beauty and skincare products.

The programme began in May, and will culminate on June 29th, 2023, where the participants will showcase and pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges.  Each team participating will receive funding of €4,000 to aid them in the development of their innovative idea. The overall winning team of the Start100 programme will receive a further €5,000, and the runners-up will receive a further €1,000. is sponsoring the overall prize fund of €6,000 for the final event this year.

Within Start100 the judges play a crucial role in selecting the overall winner and runners-up of the Start100 programme. The judges are experts in their respective fields, with a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital.

The Judges for IdeasLab’s Start100 Summer Accelerator programme include VP for Engagement with the University of Galway Paul Dodd, CEO of Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and scientist, Evelyn O’Toole, One of Ireland’s leading financial advisors and internationally recognised CFP® (Certified Financial Planner), Paul Merriman CFP®, One of the Top 100 Women in STEM in Ireland, Partner at Atlantic Bridge – Kauffman Fellow Helen McBreen and Aerogen CEO and founder John Power.

Start100 is funded by the Government of Ireland Human Capital initiative

For more on IdeasLab and Start100 teams for 2023 check out


More on Start100:

Start100 supports entrepreneurial teams to take their idea to impact in 100 days. The program revolves around five key pillars:

• Networking (peer-to-peer and external)

• Matched mentorship

• Workshops (pitching, financial literacy, introduction to local ecosystem)

• Support (from program hosts and one another)

• Storytelling (from existing entrepreneurial role models).


MC and Moderator for IdeasLab IWD CreateHER event 2023

March 27, 2023

Lisa Regan recently MC’d our CreateHER finale in the Druid Theatre in Galway city. Her commitment to the event from the outset was evident and she supported us in the venue selection to ensure the right atmosphere, worked with us on running order, theme and stage set up. Lisa captured the essence and feel of the event we were trying hold. Through her research, thoughtful questions and inclusive style she brought our vision to life, for what was a night us and the audience will remember for a long time. Although Lisa had one role on the night she gave so much more to the entire event than we could have asked for.

Jenny Mullery University of Galway IdeasLab

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CreateHer with University of Galway IdeasLab International Women’s Day event

March 10, 2023

CreateHer with University of Galway IdeasLab International Women’s Day event at Druid Theatre Company

This year through my ongoing work with IdeasLab I was asked to moderate, MC and hold a panel discussion for International Women’s Day. As always my recommendation for this was The Mick Lally Theatre which is ran by the wonderful Siomha and is one of my favourite spaces in Galway.

We have talked alot about equality over the years and now we are looking at how we can move towards a more equitable society.

Simply put: Equality means everyone gets a shoe.
Equity means everyone gets a shoe that fits.

The passionate, captivating, and creative tour de force, Noeline Kavanagh who has brought so much joy and our imaginations to life through her work with the internationally acclaimed Galway-based theatre spectacle company Macnas – Spectacle Theatre Company agreed to be our keynote speaker.

She was the first female and the youngest person at 23 to ever direct the Macnas parade which happened in 2008. It was one of the largest parades ever – with over 500 community participants in it.

Driven by love, imagination, friendship, possibility, chance, choice, challenge, Noeline Kavanagh is a person that offers and delivers so much. Her words on the night lifted the roof and everyone in the room, it was in her vulnerability and honesty we saw her true character and what an incredible person she is. A true leader.

On the panel was Vanessa Creaven
Co-Founder + CEO Spotlight Oral Care
Dr. Natalie Walsh
Director of Entrepreneurial Development University of Galway
Mary Ryan
Deputy CEO WestBIC

These conversations began with defining personal success and how that is ever changing, how we can practically support each other throughout our careers, why being amped up and super charged on busy mode is so 2018 and what we have changed our minds about and why that is a very good thing. Nothing is as enjoyable as good conversation and connection with other people in real life.

This night was all of that.

Thank you Tribe Hospitality Group for the refreshments and WestBIC for sponsoring.

Martina Regan was on hand to capture the ,magic.

Lisa Regan Public Relations (Me) handled all pre and post communications and the MC’ing duties on the evening to which I take very seriously as I love nothing more than researching and being invested in those I am talking and listening to.

Thank you Lisa. 

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Care, craft and innovation in the west

February 2, 2023

How it is all made? Beer in your glass, in a can, at home or enjoyed in OConnellsGalway

We never really think beyond what we are having of just how it all came together.

O’Connells Galway have been enjoying and working with The White Hag Irish Brewing Co. for years and were back with them in Sligo yesterday to sample some very exciting new flavours and some of the old favourites too.

The west of Ireland. What a place. See you soon.

Photos Declan Colohan Photography


Who are we?Business direction mentorship with Galway Volunteer Centre

October 4, 2022

‘Lisa helped our team to get a much better grasp of how to promote our work to the public but also the non-profit organisations that we support.  She has a straight up, no messing approach that made it easy for us to quickly get to the heart of the matter and figure solutions and ideas’

Donncha Foley Volunteer Galway