Webinar: ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Next Phase of Play’

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DCU Ryan Academy invites you to register for a webinar on ‘Entrepreneurship, innovation and the next phase of play’ with Jamie Heaslip, former Leinster and Ireland rugby legend turned Entrepreneur and Investor.  Jamie shares his journey from ‘the field’ to the world of business ownership and investment. Hear his leadership tips, gain insights on how he has innovated in his business ventures and learn about the importance of his teamwork and networking, all of which, will be relevant to SMEs everywhere.

When: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Host: Niamh Collins, DCU Ryan Academy

Guest Speaker: Jamie Heaslip

Interviewer: Journalist, Maria Rolston


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Who is Jamie Heaslip:

He doesn’t need any introduction, Jamie Heaslip is a former Leinster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions rugby player. Playing as Number 8 throughout his career Jamie earned 95 caps for Ireland, 229 appearances for Leinster and 5 British and Irish Lions caps during a professional rugby career that spanned from 2005 to 2018. As well as being one of the most capped players in Irish rugby history, Jamie has been an integral part of winning teams in the Pro 12, Heineken Cup, Six Nations and the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Jamie’s leadership qualities were evident on the rugby pitch and these earned him the honour of captaining Ireland in 2012 and 2013. Jamie has brought these leadership skills and more into business. In preparation for his retirement from rugby, Jamie along with team mates Rob Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Dave Kearney opened a pub in Dublin’s Ballsbridge called The Bridge 1859. Jamie went on to open a second bar called ‘Lemon and Duke’ in the centre of Dublin. Having worked for a time with Google Jamie has gone on to enjoy many successful entrepreneurial ventures, including making investments in Kitman Labs and more recently in Pointy, who were bought out by Google in late 2019.


DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs

The DCU Ryan Academy is a not-for-profit partnership between Dublin City University and the Ryan Family (Ryanair) with the objective to be the leading supporter of entrepreneurs and innovation in Ireland.  Operating from its own campus, the DCU Ryan Academy bridges the gap between academia and entrepreneurial practice through a unique partnership between Ireland’s youngest university, DCU, and the family of one of Ireland’s greatest entrepreneurs, Tony Ryan.

The Ryan Academy supports a vision where entrepreneurship and innovation are recognised as key drivers of Irish business success and acts as a catalyst in helping to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and a real focus on innovation amongst Irish SME’s, corporates, start-ups and researchers through a range of training, leadership and funding initiatives.

In 2013, DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs and DCU Business School jointly developed a new Master’s programme in Innovation for Social Entrepreneurs. The programme is designed to develop professional skills in innovation in the area of social enterprise through part time study and blended learning techniques.


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