Russell Dalgleish, founder of the Scottish Business Network
The Interceltic Business Forum will bring together business leaders from several Celtic nations to share their knowledge and build future collaborations.
Russell Dalgleish, founder of the Scottish Business Network, will be present in Lorient and will speak at the conference on "Diaspora as a driver for innovation".
We were able to talk with Russell a few days before the conference to better understand why he is participating this year.
What is the Scottish Business Network? Why did you decided to found this organization?
SBN is Scotland's diaspora organisation bringing together the diaspora globally to assist Scottish companies and organizations to secure opportunities across the world. SBN is a not for profit organisation funded by its members.
SBN was born from the need of Scottish entrepreneurs for support to enter the London market. From this acorn of an idea a global, kilted forest has grown around the world nurtured by the need to help fellow Scots.
How can diaspora be a driver of innovation for nations?
The Scottish Govtech Cluster delivered by SBN is a great example of the diaspora assisting with innovation www.govtech.scot. In essence the Scottish diaspora powers the cluster through the provision of services, capital, mentoring, consultancy, insight, support, experience and network access to optimise the opportunity for Scottish tech companies to succeed.
Why are you attending the Interceltic Business Forum and what type of of future collaborations are you hoping to build?
I'll be attending the Interceltic Business Forum as we believe that rich opportunities can be released by driving collaboration between members of the Celtic nations. While in Lorient I'll be looking to identify partner opportunities which can be developed into collaborative projects. Please reach out and contact Russell on email@example.com,
What is the Interceltic Business Forum
The Interceltic Business Forum is back for its third edition, the major event of the Celtic economic world!
Friday, August 4, 2023, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce and Industry - 21 Quai des Indes, Lorient
The INTERCELTIC BUSINESS FORUM 2023 will take place on August 4th in Lorient at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This event will bring together speakers from different Celtic countries to share their experiences and successes in economic development, strengthening links between Celtic nations, internationalization of businesses, mobilizing the Celtic diaspora to support innovation and entrepreneurship, transitioning to a green economy, revitalizing rural communities in Celtic regions, as well as the sailing industry.
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Prof Kevin Scannell works with linguists from around the world to help build an online presence of their native language. His work with Gmail, Twitter and WhatsApp helps provide Irish localisations for software products and he has developed an Irish spell checker, grammar checker and thesaurus, as well as dictionaries and translation engines that support Irish, Scottish and Manx Gaelic. He has also initiated a project called Indigenous Tweets that encourages users to use their native language on social media every day. It tracks more than 150 different languages on Twitter—the number of users, the number of tweets, the top tweeter and the first tweeter.
Prof Scannell's newest endeavor is to help develop an Irish-language Siri or Alexa style virtual assistant. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the US government and will spend the first half of 2020 in the Connemara Gaeltacht to work with researchers from NUI Galway’s Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge to research and develop computer resources.
is an organization established to create, facilitate, promote, and sponsor wide-ranging innovative and collaborative cultural and economic projects that strengthen and foster relations and cooperation between the United States of America and the region of Brittany, France.