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Over 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…

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Outgoing BIM CEO to head up €35m project in Killibegs

Outgoing CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara Jason Whooley is to head up Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) in Killybegs, Co Donegal from next September. BII is a €35m project which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it intends to go into full production in 2016. It was formed as a result of a joint venture between the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and Norwegian pharmaceutical and marine biotech experts Biomarine Science Technology. “We intend BII to position Ireland as a global leader in marine ingredients,” said BII chairman Martin Howley. “With somebody of the vision and…

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Six National College of Art and Design (NCAD) students have achieved recognition at the RSA Student Design Awards, which are run each year by the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. Previous winners include Sir Jonathan Ive, RDI, the senior vice-president of design at Apple; Richard Clarke, global vice-president of Design at Nike; and Paul Priestman, founder of global travel and transport design consultancy Priestmangoode. All six Irish student winners are studying product design at NCAD.  In the ‘Tomorrow’s Workplace’ category, sponsored by RBS, James Donnellan and Kevin Glynn won the overall award for ‘Best Design Project’ for ‘The Hatchery’, a methodology manifested through a…

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A new resource called Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) has been launched to make it easier to commercialise State-funded research from third-level institutes – the first of its kind in Europe. It is the State-funded central technology transfer office, located in Enterprise Ireland and operated collaboratively by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities Association. Making the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD noted that Ireland is currently ranked tenth out of 142 countries for innovation, while in Europe we’re ranked first out of 23 countries in terms of knowledge transfer performance of public research organisations. “However as I have said many times before, the challenge now is…

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Alan Duffy has been appointed as chief executive officer for Ireland at HSBC, eight years since he joined the organisation to help establish its corporate banking business. With effect from 16 May, Duffy will be responsible for HSBC’s corporate banking, securities services (funds administration) and insurance businesses in Ireland, which together employ 450 people. He replaces Stephen Young who is returning to HSBC in the UK and will report to Chris Davies CEO, International Europe. “Our securities services business has cemented its place as a key hub for HSBC’s European operations, transitioning HSBC business from New York, Bermuda and Guernsey in recent years and reaching the $105bn assets under management…

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A limited edition €20 gold proof coin commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf was launched yesterday and is available to purchase from today. Designed by Irish artist and sculptor Noel Hoare, the coin shows the Irish High King Brian Ború. The issue limit for the coin is 12,000 pieces. Its diameter is 11mm, it weighs 0.5 grammes and is struck in .999 fine gold. The purchase price is €48 and it can be bought from the Central Bank . Grainne Rothery

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Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney has been appointed to the board of Glanbia as a non-executive director. Coveney, who’s 43, has been chief executive of convenience food group Greencore – which has revenues of £1.2bn and employing over 12,000 people in the UK, Ireland and the US, since 2007. Before that, he was Greencore’s chief financial officer. He was previously a global partner of McKinsey and Co, focused on consumer and food industries. Coveney is a former Rhodes scholar and holds a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford University. “I am very pleased that Patrick has agreed to join the Glanbia board and I believe he is well equipped to support the…

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Up to 20 novel medical technologies are expected to be commercialised and 10 spin-out companies created in Ireland over the next five years thanks to a US$16m collaboration between Enterprise Ireland and the Mayo Clinic in the US. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD witnessed the signing of the agreement by Jeff Bolton, vice president of the Mayo Clinic and Dr Keith O’Neill, director life sciences commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland in Dublin today (10 April). He said it was highly significant from an economic perspective and built on an Irish connection with Mayo Clinic extending back to the 19th century when the founders of the Mayo Clinic, brothers Will and Charlie Mayo,…

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The first ever TEDxFulbrightDublin took place in Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday and took the theme ‘Creativity and Innovation’ ahead of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which begins on 15 April. Hosted by the Fulbright Commission, the event attracted speakers and performers from around the world, including Sweden, the US, and the UK. TED, which started in 1984 as a conference on technology, entertainment, and design, seeks to share good ideas on all topics through short, but contagious, talks. TEDx is the platform for local organizers to create their own TED-style event.TEDxFulbrightDublin was conceived by Dr. Lorcan Walsh, a Fulbright alumnus who went to Harvard University, to reconnect with the…

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Trinity College Dublin

The 10th international James Dyson Award was launched in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) this morning. Dyson engineer Nick Schneider from Dyson UK headquarters addressed the TCD School of Engineering and challenged students to think differently to solve problems at a special invention workshop. They will compete with students from 18 countries across the world to win the top prize of €36,000 and a further €12,000 for their university. The total prize fund this year is £100,000 (€120,000). Speaking at today’s launch, Prof Gareth J Bennett from the School of Engineering said excellence in design innovation is the solution to Ireland’s troubled economy. “Engineering students are naturally creative. Our job is…

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