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GMIT IHUB Extension Work Commences

    GMIT IHUB Extension Work Commences

The first sod has been turned on the site of the new extension to GMIT’s Innovation Hub (iHub) at the GMIT Galway campus. The extension will double the size of the Innovation Hub to about 2,400 sq m, providing space for an additional three dedicated MedTech R&D units; 17 incubation units for start-ups in the […]

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Enterprise Ireland Launches €500,000 Competitive Start Fund For Entrepreneurs in Marine Technology and Agritech Sectors

    Enterprise Ireland Launches €500,000 Competitive Start Fund For Entrepreneurs in Marine Technology and Agritech Sectors

Enterprise Ireland has announced a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) totalling up to €500,000 to support start-ups in the marine technology and agritech sectors. The fund was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, at the recent Our Ocean Wealth Summit, at Seafest 2018 in Galway.
The Fund will provide up […]

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Students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Scoop Top Prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

    Students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Scoop Top Prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

Elaine Leahy, David O’Donovan, Daniel Crowley, Ryan Breen, Michael Ahern, Brian Fitzpatrick and Colm Nicholl, students from Cork Institute of Technology, have won the overall Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and have been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’. The winning entrants beat off stiff competition with their project “MacGlas”.
MacGlas is […]

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Three Early-Stage Start-ups Spin-in to NovaUCD

    Three Early-Stage Start-ups Spin-in to NovaUCD

Three early-stage start-ups have become the latest companies to spin-in to NovaUCD and join the community of entrepreneurs at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs. Over 25 companies, employing some 200 people, are currently located at NovaUCD.
The three companies, EPIC Conjoint, This is Seaweed and Travacoin, have located to NovaUCD in […]

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Gluten Free Baker Wins Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018

    Gluten Free Baker Wins Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018

Rachel McPartlin (pictured) has won the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018, organised by Foróige, the leading youth development organisation in Ireland. Rachel took the title with her business Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades, which is a Gluten Free Bakery at affordable prices. Rachel established the business as most of her family are Coeliacs, and because being Coeliac […]

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What are the Pillars of SME Success? Diversity, Leadership, Strategy and The Team

    What are the Pillars of SME Success? Diversity, Leadership, Strategy and The Team

The second annual Skillnet Ireland SME Research Conference took place recently in Dublin. Hosted by Skillnet Ireland in partnership with the College of Business in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the annual conference seeks to strengthen the Irish SME sector through the adoption of the latest evidence-based research.
The conference heard contributions from leading business academics […]

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Conor O’Loughlin of Glofox is Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur For 2018

    Conor O’Loughlin of Glofox is Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur For 2018

A 35 year old former Connacht Rugby star from Athlone was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) for 2018 at the recent National Final in Dublin. Conor O’Loughlin and his company Glofox took home the top award at the event after also winning his national category, Best Established Business, and securing a total investment fund of €40,000.
Funding for the LEOs […]

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Dublin Docklands Makes Space For a New Way to Work

    Dublin Docklands Makes Space For a New Way to Work

International creative workspace provider Spaces has announced its first Irish centre at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, in Dublin’s Docklands. Spaces takes over 77SJRQ, a six-storey office building of 3,195 square metres, situated at the eastern end of the South Dublin Docklands. This is an area undergoing a transformation with JP Morgan, Accenture and AirBnB already settled in the area.
A workspace created […]

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Entrepreneurs See Opportunities Amongst the Risks One Year Out From Brexit

    Entrepreneurs See Opportunities Amongst the Risks One Year Out From Brexit

With one year to go until Brexit, 62% of Irish entrepreneurs see business opportunities among the risks, according to research published by EY. The research was conducted amongst 130 top entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland who are previous finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme. Collectively the Alumni community employ a total […]

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Enterprise Ireland Announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to Accelerate Growth of Start-ups

    Enterprise Ireland Announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to Accelerate Growth of Start-ups

Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for recent graduates will open for applications on Tuesday 10th April 2018. The €500,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 10 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 24th April 2018.The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to […]

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The Search Begins For Ireland’s Most Scalable Business Idea

    The Search Begins For Ireland’s Most Scalable Business Idea

FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and multinationals, is taking applications for One2Watch 2018. The competition seeks to find Ireland’s most scalable business idea and award the winning company with a platform to support its growth.
The brightest and most innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs in the country will compete for the […]

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Sustainabilty and Innovation in Seafood Production is Driving Employment in a Rural Coastal Community

    Sustainabilty and Innovation in Seafood Production is Driving Employment in a Rural Coastal Community

Swedish native Birgitta Curtin (pictured), who founded and runs the Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare, has won the overall prize for Seafood at the recent Green Awards. Birgitta’s unending focus on sustainable sourcing and practices in her seafood business were given particular mention.
Birgitta set up the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna in 1989 with a staff […]

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FutureScope 2018 to Explore How Technology Will Change Our World

    FutureScope 2018 to Explore How Technology Will Change Our World

FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and multinationals, will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday, 31st May 2018. The event is limited to 1,200 attendees, to enable quality networking, and will feature more than 120 speakers and panellists, with 40 exhibitors.
Now in its fifth year, FutureScope, organised by […]

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Additional €30 Million Commitment From EU For Micro-enterprises in Ireland

    Additional €30 Million Commitment From EU For Micro-enterprises in Ireland

The European Investment Fund (EIF) has signed a second agreement with Microfinance Ireland (MFI) to support 2,100 micro-entrepreneurs under the European Commission’s EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) after the first one signed in 2015. As a result of the EU support, the EaSI guarantee provided by the EIF will enable MFI to provide an […]

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3,700 New Jobs Created in 2017 by Local Enterprise Office-supported Companies

    3,700 New Jobs Created in 2017 by Local Enterprise Office-supported Companies

A net total of 3,700 new jobs were delivered in 2017 by start-ups and small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). This brings the total number of new jobs created by LEO-backed companies to 15,000 since the LEOs were set up in 2014.
The jobs results by […]

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HBAN Syndicate Invests €300,000 in HamstringSolo

    HBAN Syndicate Invests €300,000 in HamstringSolo

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, has announced a €300,000 investment in Kilkenny-based ND Sports Performance and its cloud-based hamstring assessment system products for hamstring injury prevention and improving athlete performance. The funding, which will lead […]

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Three-quarters of SMEs Expect to be Impacted by Brexit in Next 18 Months

    Three-quarters of SMEs Expect to be Impacted by Brexit in Next 18 Months

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s second survey of SMEs about the impacts of Brexit on their businesses found that while 75% of SMEs expect to be impacted by Brexit over the next 18 months, only 16% have a formal Brexit contingency plan.
The Behaviours & Attitudes (B&A) survey, which was conducted last autumn, asked […]

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Increased Angel Investment in Medtech, Virtual and Augmented Reality in 2018

    Increased Angel Investment in Medtech, Virtual and Augmented Reality in 2018

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, has announced its predictions for 2018. HBAN is forecasting a 17% increase in angel investing in Irish start-ups as the economy grows in 2018, and it will reach €25 million per year by 2020.
HBAN, a joint initiative of Enterprise […]

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New Products Selected For Food Works 2018

    New Products Selected For Food Works 2018

Cold-pressed vegetable ice-pops, a nutrient-rich postnatal drink for new mothers and a range of innovative sheep milk products are among the new concepts to be further developed as part of Food Works, Ireland’s leading accelerator programme for food and drink start-ups. Run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, over the last five years the […]

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Irish Brand, Emma By Jane Wins South Dublin Enterprise Best Start Up Award

    Irish Brand, Emma By Jane Wins South Dublin Enterprise Best Start Up Award

Irish fashion buyer turned jewellery designer, Jane Asple of Emma by Jane has won the South Dublin Enterprise Ireland, ‘Best Start-Up’ Business award at the 2017 awards. Since applying in September 2017, Jane was shortlisted to attend a two-day Bootcamp and pitch the company plans to a panel of Judges who saw “confidence, ambition and […]

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New Irish Coffee Brand

    New Irish Coffee Brand

Handprint Coffee, a new Irish environmentally friendly coffee brand and café, has launched in Dublin at Freshii’s new outlet in Point Square beside the 3Arena.   Handprint Coffee is a joint partnership between Bell Lane, a leading craft specialist coffee roastery, and Freshii Ireland’s Master Franchise owners Dave O’Donoghue and Cormac Manning.
From the very first bean […]

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It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

    It’s Take Off For Cork’s Food and Drink Producers

Taste Cork is teaming up with The Loop at Cork Airport to showcase the very best of Cork’s outstanding, locally produced food and drink products to the more than 2.3 million passengers who pass through the Irish airport each year. The food and drink section at The Loop at Cork Airport is being rebranded by […]

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Applications Now Open for Cork County Council’s International Start-Up Accelerator Competition for Life Sciences, Medical Technology and Digital Health Companies

    Applications Now Open for Cork County Council’s International Start-Up Accelerator Competition for Life Sciences, Medical Technology and Digital Health Companies

Applications are now open for entrepreneurs all across Ireland to take part in Cork County Council’s International Start-Up Accelerator Competition for Life Sciences, Medical Technology and Digital Health Companies. This a huge opportunity for ambitious, early stage entrepreneurs across Ireland, as MassChallenge is set to connect them to a Global Network and facilitate the creation […]

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Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Announced

    Dublin City’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Announced

Dublin City’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition. Run by the Local Enterprise Offices, IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide.
Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise in […]

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HBAN to Boost Angel Investment to €25 Million Per Year By 2020

    HBAN to Boost Angel Investment to €25 Million Per Year By 2020

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island group responsible for the promotion of business angel investment in Ireland, plans to increase the amount invested in Irish start-ups by HBAN angels to €25 million per year by 2020. This will see HBAN increasing angel investment by 17% per year for the next four years.
A key focus will […]

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Search For Ireland’s Best Young Food Entrepreneurs

    Search For Ireland’s Best Young Food Entrepreneurs

Secondary school students across Ireland are now invited to take part in the new ‘GROW 2 CEO’ competition as GIY and Cully & Sully have set about finding Ireland’s brightest young food entrepreneurs. ‘GROW 2 CEO’ combines food growing and entrepreneurship to inspire students to grow their own food, create a soup recipe using what […]

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€200k Investment in Innovative Smart City Solutions Across the Dublin Region

    €200k Investment in Innovative Smart City Solutions Across the Dublin Region

Smart Dublin, an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve city life, and Enterprise Ireland are serious about supporting entrepreneurs to solve city challenges and are delivering one of the largest smart city innovation programmes globally. Solutions will be tested to […]

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WeWork Announces First Location in Ireland

    WeWork Announces First Location in Ireland

Global space, community, and services company WeWork has announced its first location in Ireland. WeWork is leasing space in Dublin’s Iveagh Court, situated near Iveagh Gardens in the city centre, surrounded by local services, shops, and transport.
WeWork’s Iveagh Court location is the 40th WeWork to be announced in Europe, where the company already has 23 […]

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Jack Teeling Named EY Entrepreneur of The Year™ 2017 in the Emerging Category

    Jack Teeling Named EY Entrepreneur of The Year™ 2017 in the Emerging Category

Jack Teeling (pictured), of Teeling Whiskey, has been named the Emerging EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ for 2017 at the 20th annual awards ceremony held in Dublin recently. Over 1,500 business leaders from across the island of Ireland were in attendance at the awards gala, alongside guest of honour, Tánaiste, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, […]

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International Conference Breaks Down ‘Borders’ Affecting Global Entrepreneurs

    International Conference Breaks Down ‘Borders’ Affecting Global Entrepreneurs

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the internationally renowned, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, comes to Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 8th–9th November 2017. The ISBE Conference has become one of the major events in the entrepreneurial calendar; bringing together over 400 highly-acclaimed academics, speakers and business leaders from over 40 countries, to inform, engage and debate the issues […]

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National Women’s Enterprise Day 2017 to take place on 12th October

    National Women’s Enterprise Day 2017 to take place on 12th October

An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald has launched the biggest-ever programme of events to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED), which is being organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 12 October 2017.
All 31 LEOs, which jointly supported over 14,000 female entrepreneurs in 2016, are behind the initiative. […]

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Entrepreneurship in Ireland at pre-recession levels with 35,000 new business owners in 2016

    Entrepreneurship in Ireland at pre-recession levels with 35,000 new business owners in 2016

One in every 23 people in Ireland (aged 18-64 years) is a new business owner, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016 Survey of Entrepreneurship in Ireland which was published today. These figures are similar to the US and high compared to European countries.
Enterprise Ireland, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, […]

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Entrepreneurs need level playing field to generate jobs, innovation and regional growth

    Entrepreneurs need level playing field to generate jobs, innovation and regional growth

At the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle, the Small Firms Association has (SFA) called on Government to introduce measures in Budget 2018 to encourage entrepreneurship and business formation.
Linda Barry, SFA Acting Director, stated: “We need entrepreneurs and owner-managers to create jobs, drive innovation and boost the vibrancy of our regions. Yet government policy continues […]

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€330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’

    €330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’

New funding has been announced for female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick. The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project will see more than €330,000 in funding, provided by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund, allocated to promote entrepreneurial skills amongst women in these regions, through a tailored and focused […]

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Students from NUIG scoop top prize at Student Entrepreneur Awards 2017

    Students from NUIG scoop top prize at Student Entrepreneur Awards 2017

Paddy MacDonagh and Chris Bogues, students from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), have won the overall Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and have been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2017’. The winning entrants beat off stiff competition with their project ‘Coachbook’, an online platform for riding coaches to train horse riders […]

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GMIT to double its Innovation Hub space

    GMIT to double its Innovation Hub space

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is set to double the size of its Innovation Hub (iHub) building at the Galway campus following €5 million funding approval from Enterprise Ireland. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’ Connor announced the funding details during a visit to GMIT today (Thursday 18 May), welcomed by GMIT […]

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€750,000 announced in start-up funding for female entrepreneurs

    €750,000 announced in start-up funding for female entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3 May. Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies. Last year, one in three companies who received CSF investment from Enterprise Ireland were female-led.
As well […]

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