Showcase of Emerging Opportunities within the Film, Animation and Wider AV Industry

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Only 10 days to go till the South Eastern Creative Corridor Symposium which highlights emerging opportunities within the creative audio visual sector. On Thursday 3rd November many of the key players in the creative Industries will take part in a symposium organised by the South Eastern Creative Corridor initiative at Wicklow County Campus in Rathnew. This event, the first in a year-long programme to build capacity in the sector, will explore emerging opportunities in the Industry to build on the legacy of success of this sector within the South Eastern region.

Siún Ní Raghallaigh, CEO of Ardmore Studios will make the key note address at the event. Expert industry panellists on the day include Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, Jim Duggan of Screen Scene, Naomi Moore of Windmill Lane Recording and Sarah Dillon of The Irish Film Board. Attendance at the event is open to all industry stakeholders whether they are an existing business in the sector or would like to start a new business or sell existing products and services into this vibrant industry. Oscar winning director Anders Walter and producer Kim Magnusson recently participated in the official launch event for the SECC initiative along with Hollywood superstar Zoe Saldana on 6th October.

The vision for the SECC programme encompasses a broad range of activities categorised as ‘Creative Industry’ that are related to audio visual production. Companies who sign up for the programme will take part in training workshops, networking events and mentoring meetings in each of the five counties. One of the most exciting elements of the programme is that there is an investment fund of €100,000 available to pitch for by successful applicants. Delivery of the programme will take place in each of the five partner counties with close collaboration between the Entrepreneurs Academy who are delivering the programme and LEO Wicklow, LEO Tipperary, LEO Wexford, LEO Carlow and LEO Kilkenny. To register an interest in participating in the initiative or attending the symposium see

About LEO Wicklow and the SECC Initiative

LEO Wicklow were successful in winning funding under the LEO Competitive Fund Scheme 2015-2017 to implement the ‘South East Creative Corridor’ programme. The overall objective of the programme is to consolidate an Audio Visual sector creative hub in the South Eastern region encompassing counties Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary through an extensive networking, mentoring and training programmes for established SMEs and Start-Ups servicing the creative industries. The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow promotes the development of enterprise in County Wicklow by focusing on the creation of enterprise awareness, providing management training and mentoring services for small business and by providing a range of financial incentives. A network of thirty one Local Enterprise Offices are based nationally through the local authorities and will still act as ‘one stop shops’ to deliver enterprise supports in their local regions.

About The Entrepreneurs Academy

The Entrepreneurs Academy, formerly QED Training, was set up by Joanne Hession almost 20 years ago. Joanne is a portfolio entrepreneur and recognised leader in training and business development in Ireland. Since it began The Entrepreneurs Academy has trained and supported the start and growth of thousands of small businesses each year. The Academy’s training varies from one day business training Boot Camps to 6 month full-time training programmes, while also training staff and bigger businesses on SME strategies. The Academy is more than a training company, it is a nationwide movement on track to change the face of small business in Ireland.

Picture:On the set of INTO THE BADLANDS at Powerscourt Waterfall, Co. Wicklow.