Major Food Showcase to Happen as Part of Web Summit

Major Food Showcase to Happen as Part of Web Summit

The Food Summit Comes to Dublin Updated: November 11, 2017 Dubbed as ‘the largest food showcase in Ireland,’ the Food Summit has been launched in Dublin restaurant O’Connell’s of Donnybrook. Not only is the Food Summit a local favorite, tourists flock to it as well. Ghee, The New Food Summit Entry One of the most fascinating aspects of this Food Summit is the introduction of ghee, which is a type of clarified butter. What makes this truly unique is that it is heated, reduced, and then triple-filtered and what remains is the pure and healthy fat. The amazing part is that is it both lactose and dairy-free, which is in…

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15 Digital Start-ups Named for Launchpad Programme

Following an intense competition, 15 high-potential digital start-ups have been identified from a field of almost 100 applicants for the NDRC Launchpad acceleration programme, which started last week. NDRC Launchpad will culminate in a year-end Liftoff competition for a follow-on investment sourced from venture capitalists and private investors. The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) is fuelling the Launchpad participants with up to €20,000 in micro-seed investment for each business during the programme, plus a structured programme of hands-on mentoring during the 12 weeks from the NDRC which includes executives with experience in start-ups, multinational companies, venture capital investment, and research. The new Launchpad entrepreneurs have brought a diverse range of innovative ideas to the programme.  They have already…

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14 Start-ups NDRC’s LaunchPad VII

Fourteen start-ups are participating in the latest round of the NDRC’s accelerator programme, LaunchPad VII, which begins this week. According to the NDRC , the participants beat off stiff competition and were chosen from a field of 100 applicants. Each of the start-ups will undergo an intensive 12-week programme in NDRC where they will receive hands-on mentoring and support from some of the most seasoned practitioners across the board. At the end of the three months, they will then compete in the ‘Lift Off’ competition for follow-on investment, sourced from venture capitalists and private investors. LaunchPad provides up to €20,000 per start-up in pre-seed investment during the programme, and over 100 start-ups…

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Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2021 (Updated)

Top 20 Best Small Business Ideas for 2017

One of the biggest mistakes most entrepreneurs make is to spend more than they need to on unnecessary costs including technology and equipment. Remember that your business is SMALL and focus on building a profit first, and then look to scale, expand, and automate.

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Procurement guide launched to support SMEs

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A best practice guide designed to address the issues that inhibit SME procurement from the public sector was launched by Minister of State Brian Hayes TD at an event in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce today. In Ireland and the UK alone, the public sector procures about €190bn in goods and services every year. But although SMEs account for 99pc of total companies, they deliver less than half of the requirements of contracting authorities “Research has shown that, given the right conditions and assistance, SMEs can become more effective in winning and retaining supply contracts to Government and other authorities,” said Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber chief executive . “This is a ‘win win’ for all; SMEs…

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European Investment Bank to provide €200m for Irish SMEs with AIB

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European Investment Bank to provide €200m for Irish SMEs with AIB The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to work with AIB in providing €200m for investment by small and medium companies across Ireland. This represents the latest EIB support for SMEs in Ireland since an earlier lending programme intermediated by AIB in 2011. The SME initiative, the largest ever engagement by the EIB to support Irish small business, was signed at AIB headquarters in Dublin, today by AIB chief executive David Duffy and EIB president Werner Hoyer. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD also participated. “Today’s announcement that the EIB along with AIB will provide an additional…

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Agile Networks Predicts 20pc Sales Increase

Agile Networks managing director Darragh Richardson

Dublin-based company Agile Networks is predicting a 20pc increase in sales for 2015, further to reporting revenue growth of 55pc for 2014. The company designs, builds, and supports IT networks across 1,300 sites that support 1.3 million end users.

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Bitbuzz signs partnership deal with Applegreen

Des Kenny, business development manager, Bitbuzz and Adrian Grimes, Head of Food & MSA Operations, Applegreen

Bitbuzz signs partnership deal with ApplegreenDes Kenny, business development manager, Bitbuzz and Adrian Grimes, Head of Food & MSA Operations, Applegreen Irish Wi-Fi provider Bitbuzz has signed a deal to provide complimentary Wi-Fi access to the customers of forecourt retailer Applegreen. The deal means Bitbuzz Wi-Fi is now available at all six Applegreen motorway service stations, which are located at the M4 Enfield East and West, M1 Lusk North and South and M1 Castlebellingham North and South. Shane Deasy, managing director, Bitbuzz , said the initial uptake from both smartphone and laptop users at all six locations has been stronger than expected. “This new deal fits in well with our 2012 goal of providing superior…

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Enbio wins €500,000 ESA contract

Irish surface technology company Enbio has secured a €500,000 contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract will enable the company to optimise a proprietary surface treatment for use as a ‘sunscreen’ to better protect satellites as they travel in space. The contract will also allow Enbio to establish its first manufacturing facility at its headquarters at NovaUCD. The contract was secured with support from Enterprise Ireland, the co-ordinating body for ESA in Ireland. In its new manufacturing facility Enbio will use its patented technology platform, CoBlast, to produce unique ‘black’ surfaces, which it will then deploy on critical internal and external surfaces of satellites. Called ‘SolarBlack(s)’, these surfaces…

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UrParts.com Aims to Change the Way Spare Parts are Sourced

Sonya and Simon Fitzpatrick, co-founders of UrParts.com

UrParts.com aims to change the way spare parts are sourcedSonya and Simon Fitzpatrick, co-founders of UrParts.com Irish brother and sister Sonya and Simon Fitzpatrick have started an online business called UrParts.com , which aims to revolutionise the spare parts industry for construction, agricultural and commercial truck industries. According to Sonya Fitzpatrick, what makes UrParts.com unique is that a buyer submits one enquiry which will be received by multiple suppliers and is completely free. “Unlike other spare part sites that make buyers contact many suppliers separately, with UrParts.com the buyer does the work once and then sits back and waits for suppliers to respond directly to them by email or phone,” she said. The Fitzpatricks came…

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