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27
May 14

Searching for Young Entrepreneurs

Michael Nevin of Longford Local Enterprise Office with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. Photo: Fennell PhotographyLongford Local Enterprise Office has announced a new county-wide competition to find Longford’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

A total prize fund of €50,000 is available to invest in three winning businesses, with €25,000 set aside for the overall winner. Mentoring, marketing, and other supports will be available to participants at various stages of the contest.

The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged in three categories: best new idea, best start-up business, and best established business with new add-on.

“The aim of the initiative is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses by Ireland’s young entrepreneurs,” said the Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Richard Bruton.

“This is hugely important for job creation as two thirds of all new jobs are generated by businesses in the first five years of existence – more start-ups and a thriving entrepreneurial culture will lead to more jobs being created.”

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16
May 14

Competition for Young Entrepreneurs Announced

The Taoiseach and the Minister for Jobs launched the contestTaoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton have launched a new competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs.

The competition will be run by Local Enterprise Offices across the country.

It is open to those aged 30 and under and winners at county level will be eligible for an investment of €25,000.

Pointing to the young people in the audience at City Hall, Mr Kenny said there “could be five Mark Zuckerbergs” here.

The project is part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

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27
Feb 14

Three ‘New Frontiers’ Companies to Pitch for €10k prize in March

Three 'New Frontiers' companies to pitch for €10k prize in March  Pictured with Ronan Murphy, senior partner, PwC are Tim Schmidt, Simply Connected; Tony Staunton, Propertygate and Kevin Ryan, Pura Light Tony Staunton of Propertygate, Kevin Ryan of Pura Light and Tim Schmidt of Simply Connected are to compete for the title of ‘Best investment proposal 2014’ and a €10,000 prize at the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards.

All participants on the Enterprise Ireland-funded Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Hothouse New Frontiers programme (past or present), the finalists will pitch their investment proposals and be questioned by a panel of judges on their business plans on 6 March.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Dublin, Propertygate is designed for large-scale asset managers who require a single platform to provide instant transparency of their portfolio. In July 2013, the company won the NDRC’s Swequity programme and Launchpad V11 with an investment prize of €30,000.

Staunton has a degree in computer science from DIT Bolton St. Before setting up Propertygate, he worked for a number of successful Irish technology companies including Taxback.com and HostelWorld.com.

Pura Light has developed a product utilising proven technology to combat the growing global issue of hospital acquired infections.

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5
Oct 13

Multi-Millionaire on Lookout for Young Entrepreneurs

Pupils Ailise Ryan and David Fitzgerald, from Ardfert National School, Tralee, along with Jerry Kennelly and Michael Carey, right, of Company of Food at the Junior Entrepreneur Programme launch in the Marker Hotel, Dublin  Emma Jane Hade MULTI-millionaire Jerry Kennelly, who sold his stock photography business for €110m, is spearheading a national programme to find Ireland’s most innovative young entrepreneurs.

The Kerry man is a well-respected entrepreneur that was part of the team that initiated and piloted the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) in primary schools across Kerry and Limerick in 2010.

The programme invites primary school pupils to think of their own business ideas, and then assists them in bringing their products to life.

It has proven to be very successful, as Kennelly has recruited 10 other self-starters to help roll the programme out nationally.

“In the first year of our national roll-out we have the capacity for 40,000 children, covering nearly half the schools in the state,” said the father of two.

It is projected that by 2020, JEP will have reached almost 250,000 children.

The 10-week programme will become freely available to 1500 primary schools in 11 regions – Carlow, Kerry, Longford, Cork, Mayo, Cavan, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and in selected locations in Dublin city and county.

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11
Jul 13

Fashion App Wins Enterprise Ireland Award.

Dr Mark Hughes and Bobby Pringle developed the 'Style-Eyes' appTwo childhood friends from Dublin who developed a new fashion app have won the Enterprise Ireland “One to Watch” award for 2013.

“Style-Eyes” is a free smartphone, tablet and computer application developed in Dublin City University by Dr Mark Hughes and Bobby Pringle.

Funded by Enterprise Ireland and developed by CLARITY (the Centre for Sensor Web Technologies), “Style- Eyes” aims to make fashion more accessible.

When the user takes a photograph of an item of clothing on their phone, “Style-Eyes” uses image recognition technology to search through a large fashion retail database.

It then brings back that exact product or a similar match.

The app is reaching its final stages of development and will soon be available for download.

The Enterprise Ireland “One to Watch” award is presented each year to a researcher.

The researcher must have received commercialisation funding from Enterprise Ireland and is deemed to have demonstrated high levels of innovation and potential to bring technologies to the marketplace.

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14
Jun 13

Irish cloud company Decisions [D4H] wins contract with Canadian Government

Irish cloud company Decisions [D4H] wins contract with Canadian Government Dublin company Decisions [D4H] has secured a five-year contract with the Government of Alberta, Canada for its software that improves vital emergency response efforts.

Details of the contract were announced earlier this week during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Western Canada, which was organised in co-operation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of Ireland to Canada and led by the Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD.

Decisions [D4H], which aims to save live by improving how response teams are managed, will provide its software to 40 Canadian search and rescue teams in Alberta. The software, which was created in Ireland, allows the teams to manage their incidents, personnel and equipment, and submit reports to Alberta’s Provincial Government for the creation of shared statistics.

“We are excited to begin the implementation of the [D4H] software across all the Canadian search and rescue teams in Alberta; we feel the software will greatly enhance the critical work they are doing,” said Decisions [D4H] CEO Robin Blandford.

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14
Jun 13

CIT students scoop €10k in college entrepreneur awards

CIT students scoop €10k in college entrepreneur awardsA team of students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has come away with a €10,000 prize and the accolade ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year’ after winning the top spot in Enterprise Ireland’s Think Outside the Box awards for their new project that aims to help dairy farmers identify mastitis in cows.

This is the 31st year of the awards, which aim to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

Along with Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Intel and Grant Thornton sponsored the awards.

The prize fund includes €30,000 in cash prizes and €30,000 in consultancy fees to help the winners pursue their business ideas.

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13
Jun 13

Irish Men’s Sheds and other social entrepreneurs who want to make Ireland better.

The eight shortlisted Social Entrepreneurs Ireland finalists today.A COMMUNITY-BASED organisation that tries to empower men to take care of their mental health is one of the finalists on this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Ireland shortlist.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association joins organisations concerned with access to residential care for children, to affordable mental health services, rehabilitation service for young people caught up in crime – among others – in the final eight. Each organisation on the shortlist will receive three months of support and guidance before a final award of €130,000 in direct funding as well as €70,000 worth of support over two years is given to three chosen winner of the ‘Impact Award’ in October. The five other finalists will receive €22,000 in direct funding and €10,000 in further support services over the coming year.

These are the eight finalists, all trying to have a positive impact on their fellow citizens’ wellbeings in a number of arenas:

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10
Jun 13

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards: Emerging finalists.

Edmond Harty, founder of Dairymaster, overall winner of last year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Edmond Harty, founder of Dairymaster, overall winner of last year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Twenty-four businesses ranging from financial services and technology to agriculture and manufacturing have been shortlisted for this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) awards.

Four of these businesses – Datahug, Barracuda FX, Sugru and Sixteen South – which are finalists in the emerging category of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition, are profiled today. Overall eight companies have been chosen as finalists in each of the three award categories: international, industry and emerging.

The finalists were chosen by a judging panel chaired by 2002 EOY winner and Aer Arran founder Pádraig Ó Céidigh. The members of the panel also included Digicel owner Denis O’Brien, PCH International founder and chief executive Liam Casey and CPL chief executive Anne Heraty.

All 24 finalists will join a group of 100 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the EOY competition, for a week-long CEO retreat taking place between Chicago, Notre Dame University and New York in June.

The theme of the retreat is “accelerating the growth, ambition and development of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurial talent and their businesses,” according to Frank O’Keeffe, partner in charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

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3
Jun 13

MooMonitor keeps eye on frisky cows.

An Irish man is vying to be crowned cream of the world's entrepreneurs for his frisky cow monitor

MooMonitor

An Irish man is vying to be crowned cream of the world’s entrepreneurs for his frisky cow monitor. 

Dr Edmond Harty jets in to Monte Carlo on Wednesday to promote his invention that maximises a dairy cow’s fertility.

The Co Kerry man, who heads up Dairymaster, designed a necklace device that alerts the farmer when a cow is in heat. The MooMonitor fertility device will be among his products in the world finals of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards this week.

“About 70% of heats on a dairy farm are at night-time, when the farmer isn’t watching his cows,” said Dr Harty, who will represent Ireland.

“They are generally more active at the time. In simple terms they are friskier, and he won’t see it.”

Technology from rockets and smart phones was used for the design of MooMonitor, which sends a text or voice alert to farmers giving real-time information about the health and fertility status of each cow in their herd.

Dr Harty, 37, believes he has a good chance at the finals of the Ernst and Young competition as his collection of farming devices are so different to the winners being put forward by almost 50 other countries worldwide.

He said of the device: “This is so important because for a cow to produce milk she has to have a calf, and for that to happen there’s obviously a right time for breeding.

“So for an economic point of view, every time a farmer misses a cow’s heat it costs him about 250 euro (£215). It allows a cow to be a cow and breed on its natural cycle so there’s no use of hormones, which can be used quite a lot in the US.”

Dairymaster was set up by Dr Harty’s father in Tralee 1968 and is at the cutting-edge of product innovation, exporting to more than 40 countries. The MooMonitor is being used in farms across the world and Dr Harty said UK figures estimate missing heats cost the dairy industry £200 million (235 million euro) a year.

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