Entrepreneurs


27
Mar 14

A €200,000 fund to help Cork entrepreneurs turn their bright ideas into businesses will be announced today.

The new Enterprise Ireland-run Cork Feasibility Fund could see entrepreneurs in the region getting up to €25,000 towards the cost of a feasibility study to validate their start-up ideas.

Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, who will open the fund to applications this morning, said the ultimate aim of the package is to boost start-ups and stimulate growth and job creation in the city and county.

“Cork has a strong entrepreneurship culture,” the minister said.

“This fund is aimed at helping people who have a bright idea for an international business that can grow and provide valuable jobs in the Cork region.

“I am confident that there is a wealth of creative and capable potential entrepreneurs in the county that have a business idea they’d like to put to the test.”

The application process will be competitive and its particular focus will be on supporting innovative, growth-oriented businesses with the potential to move into export markets.

Enda McDonnell, Enterprise Ireland’s Director for the South/South East Region, urged budding entrepreneurs to apply to the fund.

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24
Mar 14

UCD/TCD Innovation Academy to Host Forum on Entrepreneurship

TeachWare and Casey Games founder Jordan Casey, who will speak at the Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum in Dublin this week. photograph: alan betsonMore than 2,000 expected to attend Dubstarts jobs fair in Dublin.

Given that two-thirds of all new jobs come from start-up businesses in the first five years, entrepreneurship is more topical than ever.

Against this backdrop, the UCD/TCD Innovation Academy will host the third annual Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum (ISEF) on Thursday to promote student start-ups and connect young entrepreneurs with Ireland’s business elite.

ISEF co-head Eoghan Boyle said the forum will provide students with a platform to showcase their businesses to venture capitalists, angel investors and business leaders, and receive feedback and advice on how to proceed. “Young entrepreneurs and third-level students are a seed bed for future business start-ups, they will be our successful entrepreneurs of the future.”

He said the encouragement of entrepreneurship and a start-up culture among students was more important than ever considering the level of youth unemployment throughout Europe.

“Third-level institutions are a hub of new ideas and innovation, and in order to give start-ups the best chance of success it is necessary to have well-established connections with formidable business leaders,” he added.

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26
Feb 14

Dragon’s Den Star to Discuss Entrepreneurship Before Oireachtas Committee Today

Sean O'SullivanDRAGON’S DEN STAR Sean O’Sullivan will appear before the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today to discuss what can be done to encourage entrepreneurship in Ireland.

The committee will be discussing a report by the Entrepreneurship Forum, called: Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Strengthening the Startup Community.

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Sean O’Sullivan has founded several technology companies and organisations, including MapInfo, a $200 million software and services business head quartered in New York. Currently he is managing director of of his newest ventures called Avego Ltd which is a small technology firm with offices in Ireland, China, and the United States.

Last month, the Entrepreneurship Forum, which is chaired by O’Sullivan launched its report which has a total of 69 recommendations which require Government action, said Committee Chairman Damien English TD.

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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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17
Feb 14

Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards to Help Inspire Third-level Students

Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards to help inspire third-level studentsEntrepreneurial students can be in with a chance to win a prize from an overall €30,000 cash prize fund and €30,000 consultancy fund, which includes a €10,000 first prize, in the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards competition.

Ireland’s Minister for Small Business, John Perry, TD, said the competition aims to spur third-level students to develop innovative business proposals and develop a real-world business venture.

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 sponsors will also provide guidance to the students in areas such as intellectual property, market research, finances, technology development, public relations and advertising.

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31
Jan 14

Nine Entrepreneurs Shortlisted for Manley Awards

Tom Lyons, senior business correspondent at The Irish TimesNine entrepreneurs are in the running for a prize package worth over €100,000 at today’s David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur awards.

Those shortlisted include the founder of the popular Temptster App, two entrepreneurs behind R-Nua Tec, a start-up helping households generate their own electricity using micro hydro-turbines, and a group of six textile designers who have created the textile print facility, Print Block.

Alongside the entrepreneur awards, the David Manley Media award will be presented today to Tom Lyons, senior business correspondent at The Irish Times. It is awarded by the judging panel to a journalist they believe has best and most regularly covered entrepreneurial issues.

Established in 2002, the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards were established to nurture Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit in business, arts and social spheres. Since then, the awards have provided almost €1 million in support to high-potential emerging entrepreneurs. This year’s panel of judges was chaired by entrepreneur and investor Chris Horn. The guest speaker at the awards ceremony is 13-year-old Jordan Casey, founder and chief executive of Casey Games.

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30
Jan 14

Enterprise Ireland launches First Online Networking Platform for Female Entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Ireland (EI)The Minister of State for Small Business, Mr John Perry TD, today (Friday 24th January 2014) launched Enterprise Ireland’s first peer-to-peer online networking platform for female-led companies.

The new online initiative will support female entrepreneurs by facilitating greater communication and connectivity between the growing number of female entrepreneurs supported by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland, helping them exploit opportunities to grow their businesses in Ireland and in international markets.

The launch of this initiative coincides with the announcement that Enterprise Ireland will invest €600,000 in 12 female-led businesses as part of the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs. The successful applicants span a variety of sectors including Consumer Products, Enterprise Software, Medical Devices, E-Health, Online Applications and Internationally Traded Services.

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30
Jan 14

Search is on for Ireland’s Top Agri Entrepreneurs

AgrilandNominations for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme officially opened this week as EY kicked off its nationwide search for Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs.

More than 100 entrepreneurs attended the national launch event this week at the EY offices on Harcourt Street, Dublin, where they heard about the significant benefits of being part of the programme from the 2013 overall winner, Patrick Joy of Suretank and 2013 finalist Caroline Keeling of Keelings.

Known globally as the most prestigious business accolade for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland programme has transformed over the past 16 years into an intensive development programme for the best entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland.

“With the recent exit from the bailout, Ireland has emerged from economic austerity to a business landscape with sizeable opportunity” said partner-in-charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Frank O’Keeffe.

“Our mission for this year’s programme is to assist our 2014 finalists and wider community of entrepreneurs in building a strategy that will keep them ahead of the curve and truly prepare them for the opportunities that economic recovery will bring, in Ireland and globally.”

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29
Jan 14

What are Ireland’s hottest start-ups: Is There a New Google Out There?

Jerry Kennelly

THE Irish start-up sector is smoking hot, with some unbelievably smart young companies and entrepreneurs developing extremely cool technology and coming up with game-changing ideas. They could even be the next Google, Twitter or Facebook.

Jerry Kennelly,  The founder of Stockbyte and Tweak says that there are a number of promising start-ups he would point to right now. “They’re all trying to change the world in their respective market sectors,” he says.

Endeavour programme graduate Activemind Technology founder John McGuire’s GameGolf is a Tuam guy who went to San Francisco to build a team and get funding for his golf game tracking device that is backed by some of the world’s top pros.

Dr Ann Shortt and her husband Paul McCarthy run Fullhealth.ie, which is revolutionising the way medics produce detailed health reports at scale, giving a complete analysis of health and lifestyle after just a few tests.

Gerard Forde of Bizimply.com — another Endeavour graduate — has a suite of apps for managing restaurants that is about to be unleashed on an industry screaming for efficiency.

Derek Counihan, a former Stockbyte employee, has set up Tipple.me — a novel way to buy someone a drink through Facebook with Voucherlink.

Aoife Ni Mhuiri of SportsClinic Plus is solving the problems of those like myself who get physio exercises and execute them badly. With her medical background, she’s providing exercise videos through an app so that physios and sports organisations can communicate exercise routines more clearly for rehabilitation and prevention.”

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29
Jan 14

Dell to launch Centre for Entrepreneurs in Ireland

Dell to launch Centre for Entrepreneurs in IrelandThe Dell Centre for Entrepreneurs has already seen success in the US and, more recently, the UK. Now it’s Ireland-based entrepreneurs’ turn to benefit from access to funding and mentoring through this programme.

The Dell Centre for Entrepreneurs in Ireland launches on Friday, 24 January, at the Digital Hub in Dublin. President of Dell EMEA Aongus Hegarty will speak at the event, along with Ingrid Vanderveldt, founder of the Dell Centre for Entrepreneurs and Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Digital Hub CEO Edel Flynn, and Lisa Vaughan from Enterprise Ireland.

The programme will offer support for Irish start-ups to grow and scale quickly using Dell’s technical expertise and infrastructure. Further details on how start-ups can benefit and get involved will be revealed at the launch on Friday.

In November last year, the launch of the UK centre opened up stg£10m in funding to UK start-ups to acquire growth-critical technologies.

The original programme launched in the US in June 2012 and, as well as global expansion to the UK and Ireland, plans are also in place to establish a centre in Canada.

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