World renowned Irish athlete, Derval O’Rourke will headline one of the main events at this year’s Local Enterprise Week in Cork City. Derval is an Irish former sprint hurdles athlete and she competed internationally in the 60 and 100 metres hurdles.

On next Wednesday evening, 4th March in The Atrium, City Hall, Derval will be giving a “Start Your Own Business” workshop which is targeted at full time or part time sportspeople but is also open to other budding entrepreneurs. In conversation with Aodan Enright (Smarter Egg), Derval will share insights from her own transition from elite athlete to digital health and wellness entrepreneur.

She will be exploring how you go about making a business idea a reality, what services are available to people and how people can leverage their network and profile.

Derval said: “I’m really passionate about healthy living and we went to LEO Cork City with our plans. They were and still are a massive help in the development of our business. It has been amazing to tie into the expert knowledge at the LEO.”

Paul McGuirk, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City said: “LEO Cork City is keen to assist you in this journey and we can also link you to a range of supports that can contribute to your business success. Whilst this event is targeted at sportspeople, it will also be valuable more generally to would be entrepreneurs.”

Light refreshments will be available on arrival at 5.30pm. The event is free but prior booking on is essential.


Local Enterprise Week 2020 is run by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Cork City. This year the schedule is packed with events from a walking networking session on South Mall to a food event on sustainability. Local Enterprise Week 2020 will take place from Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March, 2020. All of the events throughout the week are free of charge.

Local Enterprise Week is a highly anticipated national event organised by Local Enterprise Offices around Ireland. As part of this, Local Enterprise Office, Cork City will be running a series of free business related events for Cork city businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

The week is packed with informative workshops, talks and conferences aimed at supporting owners and managers of small businesses in the city.

For further information on the list of the free events and activities taking place in Cork City during Local Enterprise Week visit