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SilverSMEs Conference 2020

The Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence welcomed SilverSMEs project partners from Slovenia, France, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Sweden to CIT on February 5th and 6th. The Hincks team, led by Aisling ConwayLenihan, included Helen McGuirk, John McAleer, Lish Seoigh, Haizea Vianez Rodriguez and Amaia Carretero. 

With the project Partner meeting on February 5, the conference was held on February 6.

The title of the SilverSME conference was ‘Business opportunities linked to the dependent ageing population’. Opened by Mr. Gerard O'Donovan, Head, Faculty of Business and Humanities, speakers at the conference included Lucie Cunningham, THE HomeShare; Muireann Hickey and Jonathan Mullane, StrydeTech; and James Hegarty, CSO. James presented data on an ageing population from an Irish and European perspective. Lucie spoke about THE HomeShare whereby unrelated people are matched to live together for mutual benefit. StrydeTech is a student innovation and, as part of their final year of studies in CIT, Muireann and Jonathan created this modern mobility device that allows people to walk, sit and stand independently.

The full conference Agenda can be viewed here.

The conference proved to be very successful and was attended by representatives from research institutions, SMEs, policy makers and older persons.


(L-R) Johathan Mullane, Muireann Hickey, Helen McGuirk, Breda Kenny-Sheehan,
James Hegarty, Aisling ConwayLenihan, Lucie Cunningham and Gerard O'Donovan


More information on the Silver SMEs project can be found on our website here or visit the Silver SMEs website at

The SilverSMEs Project is funded by Interreg Europe.
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