Kildare based Entrepreneur Ivor Queally Joins Ireland’s Business Group for SA Meet

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Ivor Queally from Naas, Kildare, is among a delegation of more than 100 of Ireland’s top entrepreneurs who will embark on a remarkable journey to South Africa today for the annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year CEO Retreat. Running from Sunday, May 19, to Sunday, May 26, this prestigious event is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and supporting business leaders in taking their ventures to new heights.

The aim of the retreat is to inspire, challenge, and empower the attending entrepreneurs, providing them with invaluable opportunities for networking, executive coaching, and education. The traveling delegation includes this year’s 24 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists, as well as program alumni representing a diverse range of industries, and representatives from Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

During their week-long stay in South Africa, the Irish entrepreneurs will participate in a comprehensive program designed to broaden their horizons and foster personal and professional growth. The itinerary includes meetings with some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as inspirational talks by global thought leaders on a variety of topics.

This year’s retreat will also feature visits to the University of Cape Town Graduate Business School, the township development hub Philippi Village, the start-up incubator Innovation City, and a host of thriving companies based in the region.

Roger Wallace, Partner Lead for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, expressed enthusiasm for the annual CEO retreat, describing it as one of the highlights of the program. “South Africa is the gateway to Africa for investment and global trade. It’s a significant player in the global mining, manufacturing, and agricultural industries, with a flourishing technology sector. It’s also become a thriving hub of entrepreneurial talent, with investment in many innovative start-ups based there increasing in recent years,” he said.

Wallace emphasized that the retreat is designed to help entrepreneurs think differently, embrace new ideas, and push themselves beyond conventional boundaries and limits. “We hope the retreat will inspire and energize our entrepreneurs and maybe even be the spark that ignites some great new and exciting business possibilities for this talented group of trailblazers,” he added.

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland community has grown into a tight-knit network of more than 600 alumni who leverage each other’s wealth of experience, with three-quarters (75%) conducting business with one another. Together, the EOY alumni community generates revenues of €23 billion and employs more than 250,000 people across the island of Ireland.

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