EBAN Explore Programme

The EBAN Explore Programme is the ideal way to discover the Cork entrepreneurial and investment community. Join us on May 20th for a guided tour led by CorkBIC and build long lasting relationships with this unique ecosystem in Ireland.

The Explore Programme is a free complementary activity of the EBAN Congress. It is reserved only to EBAN Cork Congress ticket holders, speakers and founders.


Visits Along the Way

10.10 – 11.30 – Visit to Tyndall National Institute, a European research centre in integrated ICT hardware and systems and works with industry and academia to transform research into products. Core research areas include photonics and electronics.

-Tour of Tyndall Facilities
-Meeting with Pete Smyth, Commercial Director of Tyndall National Institute

11.45 – 13.30 – Visit the University College of Cork (UCC).

-Light Lunch
-Meeting with Sally Cudmore Interim Director of Innovation, UCC
-Meeting with Myriam Cronin, UCC Sprint
-Meeting with Eamon Curtin, UCC Ignite
-4 pitches from UCC Spin Outs and Startups

13.30 – 14.15 – VIP Tour of UCC

Note: lunch is not covered by the EBAN Explore Programme. Shuttle service is provided.


Get your EBAN Cork Congress Ticket to Join the Explore Programme

About Cork

Cork has been home to many large multinationals for many years, who have a significant presence in Ireland (and Cork in particular), and are creating huge high value employment opportunities. Organisations like Apple have been in Cork for over 40 years and have their EMEA HQ in Cork, employing 6,000 people. DELL/EMC and subsequently VM Wear have also had a significant presence in Cork for currently employing over 3,000 people in Cork.

Other key Multinationals include:

  • Trend Micro has over 16 functions at the company’s EMEA HQ in Ireland
  • Intel Security has a worldwide Centre of Excellence for Enterprise Security Solutions in Ireland
  • IBM Cork collaborate with local Cork Company Smarttech247, who became the first company in the world to commercially launch Watson for Cybersecurity
  • Cork has an excellent base in the Cybersecurity industry with both multi-national and indigenous companies and has a unique opportunity to develop more strategic partnerships between the companies in the region

The IDA (Ireland’s inward investment promotional agency) recently identified Cork as a ‘hidden gem for Cyber Security’. Some of the Worlds top Security companies like Trend Micro, AlienVault, Cylance, eSentire, FireEye, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Sophos, VMWare and Keeper Security are all located in Cork. Cork’s technology infrastructure, talent pool and supportive academic network were identified as being key. Read the full article here.

About Cork Syndicates and Angels

CorkBIC is a private sector-led organisation, specifically set up to identify and build knowledge-intensive companies based on promising technology and capable innovative people. It plays a hands-on role helping entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of raising finance, sorting out business propositions, arranging agreements with shareholders and investors, and perhaps most important of all, finding customers. CorkBIC is a strategic partner with Enterprise Ireland.


CorkBIC manages HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) in the South and Mid-West of Ireland. HBAN is an umbrella organisation, operating on a regional basis, providing a matching service for private investors & pre-screened investment opportunities and developing Business Angel Syndicates. CorkBIC manages HBAN’s Boole & Irrus Investment Syndicates. In 2021 HBAN Angels Invested €18million and over €7.5million was invested by Angels in the South and Mid-West of Ireland.