Jamie White, the winner of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in Dublin for 2014 and 2015, has launched the inaugural Start Summit.
The event for aspiring entrepreneurs will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Dublin Castle,
“We want to inspire and support the business leaders of tomorrow,” says White.
White built and sold businesses, including CollegeTimes.com and TeenTimes.com. He now works with brands worldwide through his business Leading Social.
The line-up includes Ray Nolan (founder and CEO of HostelWorld and XSellco), and Dan Kiely (founder & CEO of VoxPro).
“I’m hosting the event I wish was there for me when I was starting off,” says White.
For more details about speakers and tickets, visit StartSummit.com.
Q&A with Jamie White
If you were in a position to change policy, what would you introduce to help startups?
The first thing I would change would be to ensure that if the startup goes south, the founder is still entitled to social welfare. At the moment they are not which I think is very negative and discouraging. I would also look at some tax incentives, whether that’s a rebate or even a tax-free salary when starting. Sometimes, from my own experience, being a founder you are paying everyone else and the taxman first before yourself which is a struggle.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a business?
In starting a business, we are all very enthusiastic about our ideas, and there is a prevailing thought out there that you shouldn’t talk to people about your plan, and get stuck in yourself right away. I would argue that is a very a bad plan and that it is so important to talk to people about your idea. Sometimes when you’re that enthusiastic, it’s hard to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad idea. Seeking advice in the early stages can guide your way and ensure you progress in the right direction, but also save you from the bother if someone can show you why it isn’t a feasible idea.
What Irish entrepreneurs do you admire and why?
Iseult Ward from Foodcloud, she’s inspiring and radiates positivity. She’s making a massive impact. Jack Kirwan, the guy behind Sprout and Co., is exciting. He’s essentially building a healthy fast food restaurant, something many people have tried to do.