2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award Shortlist Announced

Nominations in the business category are Daniel Bradfield, AirDryer; George Howlet and Philip Gillen, Safefood 360; and Sandra Maguire, EduBills.ie There are three categories in the awards – business, arts and social. All shortlisted entrepreneurs will be interviewed in early December by the awards judging panel, which is headed up by Dr. Chris Horn.  After the interviews, the three category winners will go through to the final, with the overall winner being announced at a ceremony in January.  The awards carry a prize package of more than €100,000. The nominations in the business category are as follows: Daniel Bradfield of AirDryer Systems Daniel Bradfield of AirDryer Systems is short-listed in the Business…

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NDRC Swequity Exchange calls for start-ups and backers

NDRC Swequity Exchange calls for start-ups and backers

The second iteration of National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) Swequity Exchange is taking applications now. The initiative is building on the strong success of its first one earlier this year. People with clever digital business start-up ideas and people interested in getting involved in developing these start-ups have an opportunity to do just that through the programme. NDRC’s Swequity Exchange will bring people with business ideas together, choose the best ones and match them to a team of qualified voluntary experts. The team will get equity in the business if it successfully kicks off, while the start-ups get experienced advice and support from the beginning. Applications are being taken now…

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Start-ups secure investment following LaunchPad at NDRC

To date start-up enterprises supported by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) have secured €10m in commercial investment following their time there, it has reported. A significant number have also graduated from NDRC’s LaunchPad accelerator programme, and NDRC is holding an information night on 28 November where any interested party can learn more about the next one before the entry deadline of 14 December. Successful companies that have participated in LaunchPad include Boxever and LogEntries which have recently secured investment following the programme. The LaunchPad programme attracts aspiring entrepreneurs and recent researchers with ideas and intellectual property capable of being brought to market and achieving a commercial return. NDRC provides up to…

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Research Reveals Benefits of Junior Entrepreneurship Programme

A survey of 330 national schools has revealed that 87pc of its teachers saw an increase in confidence in children participating in the Junior Entrepreneurship Programme (JEP), with a further 66pc stating that taking part in the programme improved communication skills and the ability to work as a team. Life skills such as decision making, presentation skills, and teamwork were identified as crucial benefits to primary school children going through the JEP. Led by serial entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the JEP was rolled out to more than 10,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland last year, and this year the numbers signing up for JEP are expected to increase…

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Social enterprise bicycle shop Rothar turns five with busiest year to date

Dublin-based social enterprise bicycle shop Rothar is celebrating its fifth birthday. The business was set up with the idea of reducing the amount of bicycle going to landfill by refurbishing and renovating them. Now it is paying tribute to the thousands of customers who have helped it to reach this significant milestone. One of the recipients of the Arthur Guinness Fund in 2012, Rothar has enjoyed its busiest year to date as the number of cyclists in Dublin has more than doubled since 2002, according to figures from Dublin City Council. The company, which trains and employs people who are long-term unemployed as bike mechanics, carries out approximately 150 repairs…

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Equilume light mask for horses is ‘One to Watch’

Equilume light mask for horses is ‘One to Watch’ Minister of State for Research & Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD (left) and Dr. Keith O'Neill, Enterprise Ireland with Dr Barbara Murphy

The invention of a therapeutic light mask for horses by Dr Barbara Murphy at University College Dublin (UCD) has won the Enterprise Ireland ‘One to Watch’ award. The Equilume light mask provides timed, low-level light to a single eye. It limits levels of the hormone melatonin which is usually produced in darkness and inhibits a mare’s reproductive activity during winter months. It is used to advance the breeding season in thoroughbred mares so that their foals are born close to their universal birthday of 1 January. Other uses include reducing extended gestation lengths in mares due to foal early in the year,  treating ‘horse jet-lag’ and enabling competition horses to…

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Commercial Outdoor Furniture from PatioShoppers

Patio Shoppers Outdoor Furniture

PatioShoppers is a Nation Wide Leader in commercial patio furniture. Enjoy great discounts, special bulk deals, and all the things your business wants at an exceptional value. We know your business demands top quality furnishings with outstanding selection and availability.

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Colin Powell on How to Be a Successful Leader

Colin Powel

Military leader Colin Powell rose from humble beginnings in New York City’s impoverished South Bronx. Raised by immigrant Jamaican parents, he went to public schools and attended City College of New York (CCNY), where he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). There he began a military career that ultimately led to his appointment as chainnan of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under mo presidents, George H.W Bush and Bill Clinton. Of course, he became secretary of state. Whether you are a corporate manager, a small-business owner or a PTA president, the “Powell Principles” can help you to achieve excellence. State Your Mission in a Few Words In the military,…

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Seven Steps to Increase Business In a Tough Economy

When sales are slower, it doesn’t mean that you have to slow down the business or settle for diminished returns. Any economic downturn is a wake-up call for you to look for new opportunities. Seven steps to improving business and getting ahead in slow times. Reshape Your Vision Redefine your original business vision and start projects so dynamic that you’ll be eager to get to work each morning. Take a few days off, and ponder the direction you want to follow. Recognize that you will have to work smarter and possibly harder. Analyze New Market Conditions Which parts of the market are most profitable? How large are these parts, and…

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Ireland – a Future Global Start-up Hub

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland

Joanna Murphy, chief operating officer of ConnectIreland, explores Ireland’s potential as a hub for foreign SMEs in light of the recent interest from French companies in particular. Ireland is well recognised as one of the top locations for global multinationals to establish their business, and in recent years it has been branded by many as the Silicon Valley of Europe, with ten of the top ‘Born on the Internet’ companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all present in this country. SMEs on the other hand often get overlooked when facts and figures are compiled regarding Ireland’s current business landscape. However, the trend for smaller entities looking to Ireland as…

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