Joe Greaney – Director, WESTBIC

  • Speaker Bio:

     Joe Greaney is the Director of WESTBIC, the EU Business Innovation Centre for Irelands BMW Region.  Joe is a regular policy contributor at both EU and National level on many aspects of applied Innovation Support Services in the SME market.  He has extensive experience in the Agri and Agri Food sector in the areas of strategy, marketing, innovation, finance and business development and plays a lead animation role in the development of new and established food producer clusters in the region.  His other areas of expertise include Transnational Innovation Transfer, Entrepreneurship, Incubation, Private Equity Start-up Capital, the Innovation Process in the SME market and the relevant institutional framework, both in Ireland and in the EU.

    Joe is a fluent Gaeilgeoir (Gaelic Speaker) and an accomplished tutor and trainer at both under and post graduate levels (up to post-graduate level at NUI, Galway).  He is a Quality Auditor for the EU (DG Enterprise) quality assurance system among BICs across the EU and has delivered innovation relevant technical support to government institutions throughout the EU and outside.  He is a former Director and President of EBN, the European BIC Network (www.ebn.be) and was a founding Director of the Galway Technology Centre and the Irish BICs Seed Capital Fund.  He has served two Presidencies of Galway Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Chambers Ireland.

    Presentation Title:

    Challenges and Supports for Start-Ups in the Food and Drink Sector

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Joe Greaney will outline the eco-system of new and innovative companies and the challenges and supports available to them to start and grow a sustainable value-add business. He will also showcase some valuable case studies from the WestBIC client base in the Western and North Western Counties.