Seminars


8
May 14

40 New Jobs at the Web Summit

 Paddy Cosgrave: “The biggest team we are hiring is in engineering.”Referral scheme will offer between €1,000 and €10,000 to individuals who successfully refer people for jobs.

The Summit, formerly the Web Summit, is to create 40 new jobs, bringing total employee numbers to more than 90.

The event, founded by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey in 2010, has grown from 200 people in a lecture hall in TCD to more than 10,000 attendees at Dublin’s RDS. This year the event is expected to attract more than 20,000 people.

The new roles are in engineering, event management, communications, customer support and sales.

“The biggest team we are hiring is in engineering. We are hiring for 12 engineering positions. We build a lot of software for managing the event, marketing the event and improving the event for attendees,” said Mr Cosgrave.

He said people applying for graduate positions would need a 2.1 degree from TCD or a first- class honours degree from other Irish universities. He said the salaries would range from graduate entry level to more than €100,000 for the position of vice-president of sales.

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21
Feb 14

Gallagher: Local Entrepreneurship is Key to Getting Economy Back on Track

Former presidential candidate and entrepreneur Sean Gallagher emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship in getting the economy back on its two feet.

Speaking at the Cork Chamber Business Breakfast, he said that there was a recovery in Cork and Dublin, but in the small towns in Cavan and Monaghan it was up to the small businessmen to keep their communities alive.

“I see different Irelands: There is an Ireland in Dublin, an Ireland in Cork, but then there is another Ireland. Driving down the main street in Longford, small villages in the West of Ireland where people are struggling. We have half a million people unemployed and it is not going to be the Facebooks that land into Roscommon,” he said.

“It will be the local indigenous entrepreneurs who become the glue that hold the whole communities together,” he added.

Mr Gallagher said there was a need to create role models for the next generation of entrepreneurs. He pointed to the success of Liam Casey in building his PCH empire, and David Bobbett who built a worldwide kitchen design and supply chain company.

He said that these people need to be held up as success stories to the next generation.

However, he said that there was a need to celebrate business at a more local level too,

“We need role models, and not just the Micheal O’Learys and Richard Bransons that people often talk about in schools. We need role models in our communities. The plumber the plasterers, the hairdressers, the beautician, the retailer the publican, they are all entrepreneurs, all people who go out every day and make a living and hustle,” he said.

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5
Oct 13

‘Getting into a Relationship with a VC is Like Getting Married’

‘Getting into a relationship with a VC is like getting married’ – start-up tells masterclass  Maurice Roche, partner, Delta Partners, chats with Richard Barnwell, CEO of Digit Game Studio, at the Securing Seed Capital Masterclass at Bank of Ireland in DublinHigh-growth start-ups linked up with investors to share insights during a masterclass in Dublin last night, where guest speaker Richard Barnwell, the founder and CEO of Digit Game Studio, also touched on how start-ups need to learn to almost ‘flirt’ with venture capitalists (VCs) in order to form a symbiotic relationship.

In it for the long haul …

The event, which was organised by Delta Partners along with Bank of Ireland (BOI), was held in the latter’s Burlington Plaza building on Burlington Road, Dublin 4.

In all, 20 Irish high-growth start-ups from technology and other fast growth sectors – think med-tech and healthcare – engaged in the Seed Capital Showcase organised by Delta Partners.

That particular VC firm has pumped in more than €7m in these companies via the BOI Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Fund.

More than 200 home-grown Irish jobs have apparently been spawned as a direct result of these investments. And many of the entrepreneurs steering these particular 20 start-ups are forecasting more job growth during the coming year.

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8
Feb 12

Important Opportunity to Small Indigenous

Suppliers (SIS) in the South East win Business Through Tendering

‘Winning in Tendering’ (a €3.7M Interreg IV project) along with ACTION and Kilkenny County Council will host a seminar aimed at suppliers and businesses who tender for public sector contracts at local, national or EU level.

This event is the first of its kind in the South East focusing on both social and private enterprises. This event will be held on Friday 17th February in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. There will also be an opportunity to meet with buyers from the public sector for example Failte Ireland, the HSE, Kilkenny County Council, the National Procurement Service, Enterprise Ireland and others.

The seminar will be addressed by speakers from both sides of the process, followed by two parallel sessions. The first is a Tender Review Service where delegates are invited to bring documents relating to a recent public sector contract that they tendered for and get feedback on their tender application. The second session is a workshop on mentoring, including the launch of a pilot programme for SIS and Social Enterprises to be mentored by public sector buyers.

Registration opens at 8:30am; the event begins at 9:30am and is free to attend. The event will close with a buffet lunch and networking opportunity.

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22
Jan 12

Help for entrepreneurs to develop prototypes

AN initiative has been launched by Connor Winfield Ltd to help entrepreneurs kick start businesses, with access to cost-price prototype development.

The initiative, in association with Irish Executives Network, will offer entrepreneurs developing electronic products the chance to have 20 prototypes manufactured at cost price.

They are also offering the chance for one entrepreneur to avail of free office accommodation for 12 months at the company’s facility in Shannon, Co Clare.

Connor Winfield Ltd managing director, John O’Connell, said the private sector has a role to play in the national recovery and they encourage other businesses to take on initiatives like this.

“We cannot remain spectators to the national drama in my opinion. We need to become actors and that is what we are seeking to do with this initiative,” said Mr O’Connell.

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21
Jan 12

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland launches 2012 awards programme

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland launches 2012 awards programme

Pictured (from right): Seán Love from Fighting Words, last year’s winner, with James Whelton from CoderDojo and Laurita Maher Bordalo, from Navan Educate Together

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has launched its 2012 awards programme – which will see three winners receiving €200,000 each in support – with a call for applications from individuals who are developing new, big ideas to address the social and environmental challenges currently being faced in Ireland.

The awards are sponsored by DCC and will be presented in October, when three social entrepreneurs will share €600,000 in funding and support to help them grow and scale their impact.

The awards will also support a further five individuals to the value of €35,000 each under the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland ‘Elevator Programme’.

The call for applications is the start of an extensive eight-month consultation and engagement process. The closing date for applications is Thursday 16 February. The selection process will include a ‘Bootcamp’ in March where shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their projects, leading to interviews from which eight finalists will be chosen.

The finalists will then take part in a three-month finalists programme, during which they will receive some funding and support prior to final selection of the 2012 award winners in October.

Since 2005, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has provided support to 150 social entrepreneurs, directly investing over €4m into funding these individuals. According to the organisation, these in turn have directly impacted over 170,000 people and created over 800 employment opportunities.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s programme, 2011 award winner Michael Kelly from GIY Ireland said the support from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has been a game-changer for his organisation.  “I’ve always felt that being involved with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is like having access to the mothership of all motherships,” he said. “The Impact Programme challenges me at every turn, makes me work smarter and think bigger.  It inspires, rewards and connects us up with an incredible array of leading experts and advisors.”

Kelly set up GIY Ireland in 2009 to transform the nation’s wellbeing, strengthen communities and protect the environment by helping people to grow their own food.

Last year’s winners also included former Amnesty Ireland director Seán Love for creative writing centre Fighting Words, which he devised together with writer Roddy Doyle. In just over two years, using over 400 volunteers, the centre has hosted more than 26,000 students of all ages in workshops in fiction writing, film-making, song writing and graphic novels.

Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating were also awarded €200,000 for Women for Election, which inspires and equips women to succeed in politics in order to bring balance to Irish political representation.

“In previous years we have been overwhelmed by the calibre of applications we have received, and we expect 2012 to reveal even better applicants,” said Seán Coughlan, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland chief executive.

“The main criteria is a passion for making a difference, thinking big and using business skills for social change. We really believe that together we can change Ireland and the impact of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland over the past seven years has proved that.”

Applications for the 2012 Awards Programme must be made online at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie, where full details on the application process, eligibility criteria and the Awards Programme are available.

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19
Jan 12

Making Ireland ‘the place of science’

Sir, – David McConnell’s excellent letter on science (January 17th) is a breath of fresh air. Of course science should be cultivated for more than the potential for job creation that it holds. Scientific inquiry opens up the prospect of beautiful and deeply satisfying experiences, and there is no better place to start with this than in the study of Darwinian evolution, as proposed by Prof McConnell.

His call for rationality, however, will require a rethink about the way our primary schools, in particular, are managed. As long as we have the so-called integrated curriculum, which infuses Catholic doctrine into all school subjects in the 90 per cent or more of our national primary schools that are under the management of the church, we will have a direct conflict in the minds of our young people. How can they be expected to reconcile the certainty of religious doctrine with the idea of a scientific theory, which can never be absolutely proven and which the scientific method only allows to be disproven or modified?

How can we match, for example, the laws of thermodynamics with accounts of miracles and the existence of esoteric entities such as the immortal soul, which are given to impressionable children as indisputable facts by those they are taught to understand are in a position of authority? This particular elephant in the room will have to be confronted, and the sooner the better. – Yours, etc,

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19
Jan 12

Dublin Web Summit launches networking event – the Start Summit

Dublin Web Summit launches networking event – the Start Summit

The Dublin Web Summit is launching the Start Summit, a series of events to bring together 300 members of Ireland’s tech community for an evening of talks, networking and product demos.

The Start Summit will let entrepreneurs, investors, developers, designers and executives network for an evening in Dublin. It will let a number of Irish start-ups speak and exhibit their works. There will also be opportunities for those looking to get hired in companies.

“We decided to start this start-up specific event in response to the growing start-up sector in Ireland,” said Dublin Web Summit organiser Paddy Cosgrave.

“Every other day we’re hearing great news from Irish start-ups, from Dog Patch and the NDRC. This is a great opportunity for companies to show off their latest product developments and for investors to see the great talent we have here. We hope this will become a regular thing with a number of events throughout the year.

“The Start Summit came about in response to the popularity of our Pub Summit events. Over two days last October we saw 1,200 people attend the summits. The events sold out in just a few hours. Dublin is clearly buzzing when it comes to tech and we want to meet that demand,” he said.

The Dublin Web Summit held its main event in late October 2011, which brought members of the Irish and international technology community to Dublin. It will return again this October and plans to feature more than 150 speakers.

The first Start Summit, which is invitation-only, will be held on 15 February from 5pm in the Odeon on Harcourt Street, Dublin.

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19
Jan 12

Women Nominations Sought

Foundation Seeks to Honor County’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.

Nominations are being sought for our local National Association of Women Business Owners Foundation’s second annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner May 11 at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort & Hotel.

NAWBO-SB award nominations close February 10. Proceeds from the dinner will fund student prizes through the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College.

Santa Barbara County women entrepreneurs in eight categories will be recognized for their contributions to the community and the economy. The categories are: health, fitness and beauty; professional services; publishing, communications, and media; real estate and construction; science, technology, and manufacturing; tourism and hospitality; wholesale and retail; and “rock star,” a top-level woman entrepreneur or mentor in the county.

Any woman business owner in the county may be nominated, regardless of the size of the business. It is not necessary to be a NAWBO member to apply. A woman can nominate herself or someone else. Men can nominate women business owners.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards nomination form is available to download or to fill out online at www.nawbo-sbfoundation.org.

More Scheinfeld

In May, the Scheinfeld Center will hold its New Venture Challenge, a two-tiered business pitch competition for SBCC students and area high school students to promote youth entrepreneurship.

Three student prizes will be awarded at both the college and high school level. Winners of both tiers of the New Venture Challenge Awards will be NAWBO-SB Foundation guests and receive their prizes at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner.

The Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge registration opens January 23. The challenge takes place on May 4.

“What’s New in SBA Lending for 2012” is a free workshop co-hosted by the US. Small Business Administration and Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center, on January 26.

Jason Womack, executive coach to Fortune 100 Companies, will speak at SBCC West Campus Fe Bland Forum on February 3.

The Scheinfeld Center EnterpriseLAUNCH will start again February 10.

For more information on these events, see http://scheinfeld.sbcc.edu/scheinfeld_center_info.html.

Ireland to be Honored

The “Gutsy Gal” award will be presented to Santa Barbara’s top former super model, Kathy Ireland, at a VIP reception during the May 9 to 10 International Women’s Festivals, which has the theme “Live, Love, Learn.”

The fifth annual Women’s Festivals will be held on the Santa Barbara City College West Campus.

Speaking to a South Coast crowd in September, Ireland described herself as “the model from the last century.” She now works as chief executive officer of “kathy ireland Worldwide” (that’s with lower-case first initials).

Her $1.5 billion company designs and markets furniture, clothing, accessories, skin care products, real estate, music and publications worldwide.

Ireland is married to Santa Barbara emergency room doctor and lobster fisherman Greg Olsen. They have three children.

Ireland said she has made it from the beaches of Santa Barbara where she grew up to the corporate boardroom. However, most people remember her as a featured model in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from1984 to 1996.

Although she never landed a breakout role, she also has TV and movie acting credits including: “Melrose Place,” “Boy Meets World,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Muppets Tonight,” “Side Out,” “Mr. Destiny,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Mom and Dad Save the World,” “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1,” “Once Upon A Christmas,” and the sequel “Twice Upon A Christmas.”

The International Women’s’ Festivals coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which is March 8. Issues facing women are addressed, while providing a place for networking.

Lynda Weinman, co-founder of Carpinteria-based Lynda.com, is scheduled to speak at noon March 10. Other speakers include: Heidi Kuhn, founder of Roots for Peace, which helps remove land mines; Marilyn Tam, former Nike and Adidas executive; poet Lucia de Garcia; and Marsha Brown, author of “The Million Dollar Conversation.”

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27
Dec 11

Irish Exports at Record Levels. Great news to finish up 2011!

Exports are at record levels. This is according to the end of year statement by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government’s agency with responsibility for exports. Great news to finish up 2011!

In the face of tough economic conditions, Irish companies have increased their exports and are confident that they can increase export sales in 2012. This renewed confidence will help significantly in targeting new opportunities in international markets.

Enterprise Ireland estimates that client companies’ export sales grew in 2011 and that the final export figures will exceed the pre-recession record levels of 2008. ‘New export sales’ in excess of €1 billion are expected to be recorded for 2011.

Throughout the year, Irish companies faced severe global economic conditions head on.  They have emerged leaner, stronger and with a greater appetite for international growth than ever before – something that World Trade Centre Dublin is extremely encouraged to see.

Not only are exports up but employment in client companies stabilised this year.  Total employment (full and part time) in Enterprise Ireland client companies stood at 162,692 in 2011.  Of these, 141,228 are full-time jobs – a similar number to last year while 21,464 are part-time jobs – a slight increase on last year.

The World economy is predicted to grow moderately in 2012 and this is important because it offers opportunities for Irish companies to increase exports which sustain and create employment in Ireland.

During 2011 Enterprise Ireland continued to focus its human and financial resources on driving exports, innovation and improving competitiveness.  A number of new initiatives were introduced in direct response to the demands of entrepreneurs and client companies including;

• Competitive Start Funds for very early stage entrepreneurs – €50k per start-up – 55 start-ups supported

• €10m International Fund for attracting entrepreneurs from overseas

• Graduates 4 International Growth programme saw 120 graduates placed with Irish companies all over the world.

• Leadership training for Chief Financial Officers

• Staff resources in key markets were re-aligned to maximise impact in key ‘first time export’ and High Growth Markets.

• Enterprise Ireland also opened its first office in South Africa

So what will be new in 2012? Enterprise Ireland plans to move rapidly in implementing the Government’s planned Jobs Strategy.  They will continue to focus on lean programmes to increase clients’ competitiveness; they will continue to increase numbers of High Potential Start Ups from within Ireland and from overseas and they have promised they will continue to help companies win business overseas in both established and high growth markets. Looking forward to it!

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