Mayo businessman visits US entrepreneurship hubs

Harry Hughes (second from left) pictured at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year CEO Retreat 2022.

MORE than 100 of Ireland’s best and brightest entrepreneurs traveled to Austin, Texas and New York for the annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ CEO Retreat, including EOY alumni, Mayo businessman Harry Hughes of Portwest UC.

The retreat is the island of Ireland’s largest unofficial trade mission specifically focused on promoting entrepreneurship.

The aim was to support, inform and challenge the entrepreneurs – a cohort comprising a mix of this year’s 25 EY Entrepreneur-of-the-Year finalists and alumni – through inspiring presentations from international, political and thought leaders. The entrepreneurs spent the week traveling between Austin, Texas and New York City, participating in an executive coaching and education agenda and sessions with executives from some of America’s most successful companies.

Roger Wallace, Partner Lead for EY Entrepreneur of the Year said: “Austin is recognized as a hub for technology, startups and innovation, so we knew there was no better place to start the retreat and New is not beat York City for its energy and enthusiasm, as well as for its incredibly diverse and vibrant business-friendly environment. With both cities being home to some of America’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, it made perfect sense to bring our own entrepreneurs to the birthplace of many of the world’s most influential and successful business ideas.

“The CEO Retreat was a rare opportunity for our entrepreneurs to learn from the best in business, entrepreneurship and academia. Year after year it helps build extremely valuable relationships for Ireland’s most respected entrepreneurs and creates opportunities that foster new relationships and help unlock the immense opportunities for Irish businesses in Ireland and abroad.”

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year community has grown into a tight-knit network of more than 585 alumni who draw on each other’s wealth of experience, with three quarters (75%) doing business with each other. Collectively, the EOY alumni community generates sales of €21 billion and employs more than 170,000 people across the island of Ireland.

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