The Irish Made Summit | March 6 2019

Join us for a day of information, inspiration and networking in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin

  • Irish Made Summit

We’re thrilled to have the Irish Made Summit back for 2019. Taking place on Wednesday 6th March in Smock Alley Theatre Dublin, it’s a day of information, innovation and networking for small and medium businesses in Ireland.


How it all began

The idea for the Irish Made Summit came about after judging the inaugural Irish made Awards back in 2016. After going through hundreds of entries from businesses all over Ireland, it became clear that there was a wealth of talented, innovative people creating in every corner of the country. We are passionate about supporting these companies, they are the people and ideas that fill the pages of the magazine after all, and so the Irish Made Summit was born.

What it’s all about

The Irish Made Summit was created to support and provide information to small and medium Irish businesses, or creatives who are in those early stages of a brilliant idea, and to guide in areas such as funding, marketing, branding, retail and more. Panels are made up of industry experts and leaders in areas such as PR, finance, retail buying, marketing, innovation and more, providing insight with tangible, practical advice. More than that, though, it’s also day that’s about getting inspired, igniting or growing that spark that spurs you on in your home-grown business each and every day. Meet peers over lunch and at our special networking event, and maybe even walk away with a prize package to boost your business in the Pitch Perfect session.


The Pitch Perfect session is an event during which company owners will get an opportunity to pitch to our panel of experts and get feedback on their business. Pitchers will be in with a chance to win a prize from Irish Country Magazine and Guaranteed Irish worth €10,000.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your business and be in with a chance to win our amazing prize. Find out more on our Pitch Perfect page.

Read about last year’s Irish Made Summit in the Guinness Storehouse.

Irish Made Summit 2019 speakers include:

  • Jennifer Rock, The Skin Nerd
  • Brian McGee, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Yasmin Hyde, Ballymaloe Relish
  • Eddie Shanahan, Retail Consultant & Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers
  • Emma Kelly, Elevate PR
  • Ruth O'Connor, Fashion Editor
  • Jenny Huston, Edge Only
  • Bronagh Conlon, Listoke Gin
  • GastroGays, Patrick Hanlon & Russel James Alford
  • The Irish Made Summit will take place on Wednesday, 6th March in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Tickets are €85 and include entry to each of the talks, the Pitch Perfect Session, refreshments, lunch, and entry to the evening networking event.


    • 10am Doors open & welcome

    • 10.30am Panel #1: Finding the funding

    • 11.25am Panel #2: Branding & Marketing

    • 12.15pm Lunch & networking

    • 1.30pm Q&A with the Irish Made Awards 2018 winners

    • 2pm Panel #3: The Retail Game

    • 2.50pm Pitch Perfect Session

    • 4pm Networking party

    The Pitch Perfect Session

    We are inviting attendees of the Irish Made Summit 2019 to submit their businesses for inclusion in the Pitch Perfect session. The Pitch Perfect session allows individuals/companies to do a mock funding pitch for their business to our panel of experts, with one winner walking away with an incredible prize package. The pitching sessions will include questions from the panel about your company and why they should invest, and will follow at the end of the day with feedback on how the pitch went, areas where the individual/company excelled and what they need to improve in their pitch. Details of the prize to be announced very soon, watch this space.

    To enter, you must be a ticket holder for the event – please send in a copy of your ticket receipt with your application. To apply, please send in the following information to

    • What is your business?

    • How long have you been in business?

    • Where do you sell your products?

    • Your website address.

    • 500 words on your business story.

    Please note that the Pitch Perfect sessions will be viewed by the Irish Made Summit attendees.

    Tickets for the Irish Made Summit are €85 and can be purchased here.

    Inform | Inspire | Indulge