Posted on Wednesday 10 October 2012 by Ulster Business

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Entrepreneurship isn't just for new businesses – it is essential to help established companies stay ahead of the competition, according to a global business expert who will speak at Queen's University.

Ms Hanadi Jabado, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge, believes all businesses, old and new, need to keep thinking like entrepreneurs if they are to grow.

She said: "Established businesses can fall in to a pattern of running 'business as usual', or even worse, focusing on fire fighting problems, but continuing to innovate is key to ensuring a company grows."

Ms Jabado will share her insights into entrepreneurial success at next week's InterTradeIreland Innovation Lecture at Queen's. The lecture is free to attend and will take place at 6.00pm in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, on Monday 15 October.

At the lecture, entitled Rejuvenate Your Business Through Entrepreneurship, Ms Jabado will address the benefits of nurturing entrepreneurial behaviour, and the associated challenges of managing entrepreneurial employees.

The lecture is part of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme, which is delivered in partnership with Queen's University, University College Dublin, NUI Galway and University College Cork. The programme aims to promote and encourage innovation across the island through a series of free innovation lectures, seminars and masterclasses held throughout the year to share international best practice in areas of innovation.

The founder of businesses in several industries, including education, online retail and property, Ms Jabado works with companies around the world, showing them how to reinvigorate their business practices through nurturing entrepreneurial flair. She performs Board reviews for a city-based consultancy, helping private companies and government and voluntary organisations maximise their effectiveness.

Queen's Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Gallagher said: "The All-Island Innovation Programme provides a great opportunity for the local business community to hear directly from a world-renowned expert in the business development. The topic of this lecture is of particular importance as local businesses urgently seek to find new and innovative ways to develop and grow."

Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director at InterTradeIreland, said, "Nurturing the role of the entrepreneurial individual within existing businesses is vital to driving innovation which is critical to the future of both economies, North and South. Ms Jabado's lecture will provide useful insights for businesses on the pivotal role innovation plays in securing a company's future success."

Register online for the free event at

For more information on the All-Island Innovation Programme go to


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