UCC Business Conference

About The UCC Business Conference

The UCC Commerce Society are proud to host our 34th UCC Annual Business Conference on Thursday 4 February 2016 in The Kingsley, Cork.Join us for a conference that will bring together business leaders, students and academics. Since the conference’s inception in 1982 it has become one of the most prestigious and enlightening business conferences in Ireland. The conference is run by The UCC Commerce Society and each year the line up for the conference is better and better. This year is no exception! The theme of theme of the conference is ‘Shaping Ireland’s Future’ and we have speakers from industries including food, technology, aviation, finance and marketing to name a few.

This Years Speakers

Kenny Jacobs
Chief Marketing Officer Ryanair, UCC BComm graduate and previously of Money Supermarket, Tesco, Accenture and Proctor & Gamble.

Patrick Coveney
CEO Greencore, Non-Executive Director Glanbia, UCC BComm Graduate and previous President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 and McKinsey and Company.

Martin Kelleher
Managing Director of Supervalu and Centra at Musgrave PLC.

Gina London
Communications Consultant, Emmy Award Winning Journalist CNN and Travel Blogger. Worked with Walmart, Heineken, Stanley Black and Decker and Political Candidates, Activists and taught leaders throughout the world.

Bernie Kinsella
CEO Worldbox.ie and Managing Director Wheels We Deliver.

Donal Sullivan
Vice President and General Manager TYCO Business Systems at TYCO International.

Barrie O’Connell
President of Cork Chamber of Commerce and UCC BComm Graduate. Partner KPMG andInternational Rugby Referee.

Reasons To Attend

Amazing ContentYou will come away from the conference with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to do great things in the business.

Meet The Speakers: Have the chance to meet and talk to the speakers who are leaders in their field.

Networking: The ideal opportunity to expand your network with business people, Fortune 500 companies, millennials and academics from all over Ireland in attendance.

Participate: Get involved in the lively discussion & debate after each session with a prize for the best overall question.

Always Something New: Encounter different thoughts from the next generation of business people and C-suite speakers that you might not hear anywhere else.

Convenience: Held in The Kingsley Hotel, close to Cork City and within walking distance from the University College Cork campus.

Value: A fraction of the cost compared to other business conferences and even more to offer from a host of business speakers.

Past Attendees

  • Presidential Candidates
  • Kerry Group
  • Ryanair
  • ESB
  • Tesco
  • Glen Dimplex
  • Eircom
  • PepsiCo
  • DAA
  • Accenture
  • EMC
  • AIP
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Voxpro
  • KPMG
  • Apple
  • Irish Examiner
  • Irish Independant


Tickets: €10

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Travel Information

The Kingsley Hotel just a 15 minute walk from UCC main campus or a 30 minute walk from Cork City. The Kingsley is easily accessible by many routes. From the city centre by taking the 208 bus from Patrick’s Street in the city centre and travelling as far as Dennehy’s Cross, from here, it is just a short walk to The Kingsley. If you are arriving by train you can take the 205 bus directly from Kent Station which will bring you as far as University College Cork which is only a short distance from The Kingsley. See more detailed directions here.




If you are a journalist for a newspaper, magazine, radio station or blog email padraig_oconnor@societies.ucc.ie to obtain a Press Pass.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the conference we would be delighted to hear and happy to help.

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