IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

Entrepreneurial Program

Date: Monday, 15 April, 2019
Time: 8:30-18:30
Room: Jean Monnet

Entrepreneurship and Innovation have become the two most searched for Words on Google. Every country, region, city and university have established entities that promote the growth of Start Ups that they hope will create new industries and jobs.  In addition, every company in the world has people focused on what they can do next to grow their business.  The IEEE has established a Board Level committee that is promoting Entrepreneurship and the development of resources for its Members that want to create opportunity within their own company or take the risk and create a Start Up venture.

This Workshop will detail the process for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, resources and how the Internet of Things is the foundation for the biggest growth of Start Ups that has ever existed.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable and empower researchers, industry professionals and students who have the ‘start-up bug’ in turning their ideas into new products and services but are not sure of how to go about it. You cannot learn everything in one day; however, the participants will become a part of an IEEE led ecosystem that will provide much-needed ongoing support to launch their initiatives while being realistic about their envisioned ideas and products.

If you are an IEEE Member, this Workshop is just the beginning of what we will do together.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Learn about the tools and resources that will help develop ideas, manage goals, find investment and go to market as a new company.
  • Case Studies of Successful Entrepreneurs. Learn from people that have been successful.
  • Start-Up Competition. Entrepreneurs will make their pitch to potential investors and the audience.  Everyone will have the opportunity to learn from what works and what didn’t.
  • Entrepreneur Showcase. Exhibit Area where Start Ups can demonstrate what they are doing and why the world needs to be their next customer.
  • IEEE Entrepreneurship Network. How to become a part of the growing Network of IEEE professionals that are developing new ideas and industries.


8:30-10:30 Session 1, Keynote Speakers
Talk 1 “The IEEE Entrepreneur Committee – The Network and Resources for Building an International Base of Startups in IoT and High Technology”, Lee Stogner, President, Vincula Group
Talk 2 “The State of High Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Ireland”
Simon Cocking, Chief Editor, Irish Tech News

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-13:00 Session 2, Introduction to IEEE, Ireland, Europe and International Resources That Are Available to Support Entrepreneurs
Talk 3 “Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship in IoT”, Tom Snyder, Executive Director, NCRiot
Talk 4 “Start-Ups for Students”, Peter Corcoran, Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 3a, Keynote and Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Successful Entry into Working Companies
Talk 5 “Launching a Services Start-Up: Questions to Ask and Things to Do”, Adam Drobot, Open TechWorks
Talk 6 “The IoT Community and Its Focus on Adoption, Implementation and Application of IoT Technologies”. Nancy Shemwell / Kevin Grant, COO / Marketing, Strategy Development, The Internet of Things Community
Talk 7 “The IoT Startup Nation–Israel, Eran Wagner, Managing Partner, i3 Equity Partners

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Session 3b, Keynote and Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Successful Entry into Working Companies
Talk 8 “Making IoT Real – Mindsets,, Strategies and Case Studies of Successful IoT Implementation”, John Savage, Action Point Tech
Talk 9 “Lessons from a High Tech Start Up”, Gabriel Leen, PolyPico Technologies

We will close with a Open Discussion with all Speakers answering questions from the Audience.

Wrap-Up the day of presentations and what we can do together after the Workshop to continue to build the IEEE Entrepreneurship Network of successful companies.


Lee Stogner, IEEE Entrepreneurship Committee
Peter Corcoran, NUI

Who Can Participate?

A general audience with an interest in the business aspects of IoT, consisting of individuals responsible for innovation within existing companies, or the art of starting new companies focused on IoT solutions and applications.

Note:  Before the Workshop, the Audience is encouraged to review several free online resources that will provide reference information from world-wide business sources.  These resources can be found at,

IEEE Entrepreneurship

Innovation / Venture Capital / Startups by Lee Stogner