The Graduate School at Queen’s will be running “Innovation After Hours” once again at BDW20.

Innovation After Hours is a chance to meet up with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures.

November’s guest speaker is Catherine McGinnis, co-founder and co-owner of Maven, Belfast. Maven is a furniture and homeware store founded and co-owned by sisters Catherine and Patricia McGinnis. With a belief that everyday items should be enhanced by great design and that shopping should be a friendly experience, Catherine and Patricia have built their business into what they describe as ‘a treasure trove that will make your heart beat a little faster and offer you a truly warm welcome’.

Boasting a selection of largely Scandinavian and Irish products, Maven was established almost seven years ago and last year won Independent Retailer of the Year in the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards 2019. As the world moves into a new digital realm, Maven are almost ready to launch a huge new website, which will position them alongside some of their major retail competitors.

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