Ireland Third in the EU for Innovative Enterprises

Ireland third in the EU for innovative enterprises

Ireland has the third highest proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU, new Eurostat figures reveal. According to Eurostat, 48.9pc of enterprises of 10 employees or more in the EU reported innovation activity between 2010 and 2012. In Ireland, the figure rises to 58.7pc, placing it third behind Germany (66.9pc) and Luxembourg (66.1pc). The proportion of innovative enterprises in the EU28 dropped in 2010-2012 compared with both 2006-2008 (51.5pc innovative enterprises) and the peak recorded in 2008-2010 (52.8pc). This pattern was observed in most member states, including Ireland (56.5pc in 2006-2008; 59.5pc in 2008-2010). Innovation activities refer to product and process innovation as well as organizational and marketing innovation. Between…

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The Art of Persuasive Communication

The art of persuasive communication Conor Neill

Conor Neill, programme director for a new programme from Smurfit Executive Development at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on this month entitled ‘Influence and Persuasive Communications’, provides ten tips that differentiate powerful speakers from the rest. Practise beforehand Rehearse out loud. Work to control filler words. Use a clock to check your time, and allow for the unexpected.   Know the set-up Arrive in advance to check out the speaking area, and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.   Know your audience Try to speak to one or two people as they arrive – they will be your allies during the speech.   Start with a…

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Future business: disruptive innovation

Dr Trish Gorman

In the first article in Business & Leadership’s new ‘Future Business’ series published in association with Vodafone, Sorcha Corcoran explores the concept of business agility in reacting to changing customer needs. The expression ‘if you snooze, you lose’ has to be resonating more and more with the business community as the world hurtles through a period of unprecedented change and consumers become ever more demanding. The past 10 years have brought us pervasive internet connectivity, cloud-based applications, mobile devices that connect everywhere, remote working and digital innovations that create newly empowered customers. And with rapid technological advancement and high consumer expectations has come an increased level of disruption. “A disrupter…

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WholeWorldBand takes making music to another level with Eircom Spider win

Jennifer Maguire, RTE and MC, Kevin Godley, founder WholeWorldBand, Gary Disley, marketing director, Eircom Business Solutions, John Holland, WholeWorldBand and Bernard O'Shea, RTE and MC

Dublin-based music and video app WholeWorldBand (WWB) has won the top prize at the 2014 Eircom Spider Awards as well as winning the awards for best app and innovative use of technology in digital marketing. WWB is a free iPhone and iPad app that allows anyone to easily make music and videos that can be shared and enjoyed worldwide. The app already has users ranging from Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, Stewart Copeland from The Police and Dave Stewart from Eurythmics to thousands of beginners and up-and-coming musicians collaborating together. Launched at the end of last year, the app is now live in over 100 countries on the Apple…

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UCD academic and entrepreneur Prof Barry Smyth named SFI Researcher of the Year 2014

UCD’s Prof Barry Smyth has been named the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year 2014. The award was announced last night by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English at the SFI Science Summit, which was attended by 300 researchers. Prof Smyth is an international expert on personalisation technologies and recommender systems and has been recognised by his peers for his “exceptional research accomplishments and contribution to the Irish scientific community” over the past year. He holds the digital chair of computer science in UCD’s School of Computer Science and Informatics. He is a co-founder of ChangingWorlds, which was acquired by Amdocs Inc in 2008 for US$60m, and…

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200+ Students Get Combined Funding €16.8m From Irish Research Council

Paulina Szklanna, postgraduate student at UCD

A total of 219 students from 17 institutes in Ireland have received combined funding of €16.8m over four years under the latest round of the Irish Research Council’s postgraduate scholarship scheme awards. Household energy demand, the impact of obesity on motor development, the construction of Irish identity and potential therapies for autoimmune disease are some of the research topics covered. For example, one of this year’s postgraduate scholarship scheme awardees, Bianca Ní Ghrógáin, a student of Dublin City University, has focused her research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Her research project is entitled ‘Computers, Creativity and the Flipped Classroom: Using Computer Construction Kits in Primary Schools to…

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Five new SFI research centres named – focus areas include medical devices, applied geosciences and connectivity

Five new world-class SFI research centres are to be set up with Government and industry funding of €245m over the next six years. The five new centres are: Adapt, which is focused on global digital connectivity; Connect Centre for Future Networks and Communications, focused on future broadband, cellular and internet-of-things networks; Cúram Centre for Research in Medical Devices; iCRAG Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences; and Lero, The Irish Software Research Centre. The five centres will be involved in over 165 industry collaborations with partners ranging from multinationals to SMEs and including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Medtronic Vascular Galway Ltd, Xilinx, and Huawei. Funding of €155m from the Department of Jobs will be…

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Expert finds AIT audiology degree to be on a par with international programmes

AIT audiology students

Ireland’s first degree in audiology, offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), is on a par with the standards of similar UK and other international programmes, according to a report. The report was prepared by Prof Gerald Armstrong-Bednall, following a High Court agreement between AIT, the Higher Education Authority and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to allow students to complete their audiology studies in Athlone. He said: “The audiology degree offered by AIT unifies the academic knowledge and clinical practice to produce audiology practitioners who are fit for purpose, practice and award, comparable to other international university programmes.” There is a dedicated audiology laboratory at AIT, which is equipped with…

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Michael Dowling to succeed Denis Buckley as chairman of the Kerry Group

Asia-Pacific fastest growing region for Kerry Group

Michael Dowling has today been appointed chairman designate at Kerry Group to succeed Denis Buckley, who is retiring from the board at the end of the year. Buckley has been chairman of the group for the last 11 years and a director since 1986. Dowling was appointed to the board in 1998 and chaired its audit committee from January 2000 until February 2013. He is a former secretary general of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. A director of a number of private companies, he is chairman of the board of management of UCC/Teagasc Food Innovation Alliance and a visiting professor, dealing with agri-food policy, in the department of…

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