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Enda Kenny, signals a thumbs-up as he rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell last year. Richard Drew/AP/Press Association Images
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Enda Kenny to ring the NASDAQ bell in Dublin tomorrow

The NASDAQ bell will signal the opening of the Web Summit which is taking place in Dublin.

FOR THE FIRST time ever, the NASDAQ will be opened in Ireland by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The NASDAQ bell will be rung at 1.30pm marking the launch of this years Web Summit 2013.

A record total of 10,000 attendees from Ireland and around the globe will attend the two-day conference which will see some of the world’s leading company founders, investors, start-ups and industry-leading firms come together at more than 60 events organised across the city.

Entrepreneurs

The speakers at the event include some of the world’s best business minds such as entrepreneurs Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and Space X who will be joined by founder of Sherpa Ventures Shervin Pishevar and moderator Mark Little for a discussion.

Keynote addresses will be given by some of the world’s leading technology experts and innovators including Aaron Levie, Co-founder and CEO Box, Jay Bregman, founder and CEO of Hailo and Phil Libin, founder and CEO of Evernote. There will be more than 350 speakers delivering talks from six main stages in the RDS and in workshops during the Summit.

Start-ups

Over the next two days of the Web Summit, 950 start-ups from Ireland and Europe will have the opportunity to meet with over 300 investment groups. Start-ups will be eager to impress the groups who between them manage billions of dollars in venture capitalist funds.

“Over the next two days, investors from Google Ventures, KPCB, Accel, Atomico, Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock will meet with Irish and international start-ups. We’ve given start-ups the best possible platform, these funds manage billions of dollars and they’re all looking to invest,” said Founder and CEO of the Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave.

He said the Web Summit is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to “share experiences, collaborate on new ideas and have the opportunity to meet people who have blazed a trail in their respective fields as well as pitch their business ideas to some of the leading investors in the world”.

This year, the Web Summit has expanded its reach and this year is providing a platform for Ireland’s food producers to showcase their produce to an international audience with the Food Summit.

For those who cannot make it to Dublin, the Web Summit will be broadcast live across the world on Livestream here.

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