Entrepreneurs


19
Jun 14

I Want to Turn Every Single Trinity Student into an Entrepreneur.

Dr Patrick Prendergast at Trinity College. Photo: PAUL SHARP/SHARPPIX - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/i-want-to-turn-every-single-trinity-student-into-an-entrepreneur-30366283.html#sthash.8x3WdGBz.dpufDr Patrick Prendergast at Trinity CollegeThe enterprising provost talks about his plans for a new business school.

IT IS a strange time to visit Trinity College Dublin. Its famous “great doors” have been restored after they were rammed by a mysterious car driver. The return of the ancient oak panels lends to the characteristic sense of timelessness at Ireland’s oldest university, but change is in the air.

Change isn’t always popular, especially in a place with such long standing traditions.

On the internet, wifi warriors rail against a decision to rename – or rebrand – the 400-year-old institution as Trinity College, the University of Dublin, a move presumably prompted by fears American or Chinese teenagers might mistake it for a secondary school.

As I arrive on campus, Front Square bustles with tourists soaking up the past, but yards away the university’s head, or provost, sits contemplating the future and his desire to attract a whole new class of visitors to the campus.

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17
Jun 14

Entrepreneur Activity Highest Since Economic Crisis

GEM report also shows that 32,000 people started new businesses last year.

The annual GEM report also showed that 85pc of businesses surveyed expected to create jobs.

In addition, those who indicated that they are planning to start a small business in the next three years also increased significantly in 2013.

The report, which measures entrepreneurial activity, and is backed by Enterprise Ireland, Forfas the Department of Enterprise, also showed a narrowing of the gender gap.

There are now 1.4 times as many man as women who are business owners.

The report also showed that one in 10 are still having problems finding finance to keep their businesses going while informal investors continue to be a viital source of funding for small businesses.

And the rate at which entrepreneurs were discontinuing their businesses in 2013 to 1.9pc, compared with 1.2pc the previous year.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the report.

“We have great entrepreneurs in Ireland – we just don’t have enough of them,” he said. “I am determined to ensure that we in Government continue implementing the changes necessary to support more start-ups – and ultimately create the jobs we need.”

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16
Jun 14

Student Entrepreneur Awards

Enterprise Ireland (EI)The Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards which are co-sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Intel, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton,

are Ireland’s biggest and longest established student enterprise competition for third level student teams from the whole island. The competition is aimed at encouraging students into business as a career option. The substantial prize fund includes €30,000 in cash prizes and €30,000 in consultancy fees which are available for winners to help them make a serious start at making their idea a commercial reality.

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12
Jun 14

Young Start-ups are the Future Enterprise Ireland

The future of Ireland’s job creation lies in young start-ups, according to Enterprise Ireland.

The body is hosting the student entrepreneur awards in Cork today, where 450 students are presenting their business ideas.

Enterprise Ireland’s Tom Hayes said there was a lack of skills in certain areas, and that start-ups gave young people control of their own lives.

“Start-ups by their nature are high-risk, but many have gone on to be very successful,” he said.

“They’ve scaled and internationalised. Some have sold to multinationals and made a lot of money. These people are creating a very valuable ecosystem.”

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5
Jun 14

Start Your Own Business; Who can Help you Get up and Running

Forbes named Ireland as the best country in the world to do business last yearDURING the recent elections, people would have heard some criticism levelled at the performance of Government over the past three years. However, when it comes to starting your own business, Ireland is now recognised as one of the best countries in the world for government support.

In January, ‘Forbes’ magazine highlighted that Ireland was the best country in the world to do business, while previously the World Bank said it was the seventh easiest place to start an enterprise. Many European reports have stated how people in Ireland are very positive towards the idea of entrepreneurship.

Last month the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were formally launched by the Government. The new LEOs have replaced the former County and City Enterprise Boards and now have a wider remit, combining the expertise of the enterprise boards with the broad reach of the local authorities, supported by Enterprise Ireland.

The Local Enterprise Office is the ‘First Stop Shop’ for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. With 31 dedicated teams across Ireland, LEOs offer a wide range of experience, skills and services.

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5
Jun 14

Entrepreneurs Return from EOY CEO Retreat in North America

Entrepreneurs return from EOY CEO retreat in North AmericaOver 110 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs are back in Ireland following last week’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year CEO retreat in Vancouver and Seattle.

The retreat, which was attended by this year’s finalists and a number of EOY alumni, was, according to the organisers, “focused on equipping the entrepreneurs in attendance with the building blocks to create a robust global vision for their respective businesses”.

“The CEO Retreat exposed our entrepreneurs to visionaries across all walks of life, from the founders of cutting-edge emerging companies to the president and CEO of global aerospace giant Boeing” said Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Whether they were artists, politicians or chief executives, the speakers we brought in to address and inspire our group all started with a clear vision for global success.”

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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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7
May 14

24 Businesses Shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 Pictured at the announcement of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 finalists are (from left) Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland, Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland, Margaret Hearty of InterTradeIreland, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Frank O’Keeffe and Chairman of the Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, Pádraig Ó CéidighThe finalists were selected by a judging panel of previous winners including Digicel owner Denis O’Brien, Dairymaster chief executive Edmond Harty, Taxback.com founder Terry Clune, Anne Heraty of listed recruitment company CPL and Liam Casey of outsourcing manufacturer PCH.

Representing the full spectrum of industries, the 24 finalists employ 6,000 people and generate annual revenues of €628 million.

‘Accelerate ambition’
“Ireland’s business owners were particularly hard-hit by the economic downturn and now is the time to accelerate their ambition and focus their sights on the global opportunities that lie ahead,” Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme, said.

“Through the support of the programme, our aim is to help our 24 finalists continue to grow robust businesses, stimulate job creation and stay ahead of the curve well into the future.”

The finalists will join a group of 110 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the programme, for a week-long chief executive retreat in Seattle and Vancouver at the end of May. The retreat will include executive education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and University of Washington in Seattle, both of which are ranked in the Top 30 universities in the world.

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7
May 14

Turn your Bright Business Dream into a Vital One

 A still from Pajanimals produced by Sixteen South. Colin Williams, the founder and director of Sixteen South – a Belfast based children’s television company – has just won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the 2014 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards. A new project funded by the European Union is matching good ideas with those who can make them real.

A still from Pajanimals produced by Sixteen South. Colin Williams, the founder and director of Sixteen South – a Belfast based children’s television company – has just won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the 2014 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards.

Are you one of those people secretly nursing a brilliant business idea or invention that you have never been able to do anything about?

If so here is your chance: an initiative called “Vital” aims to match great business ideas with the people who can turn them into a reality. Funded by the European Union, the €2.56 million project is managed jointly by Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and Queen’s University, Belfast.

What makes this project different is that what Vital wants to do is give these good ideas the best chance of commercial success.

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