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Figures released from the Direct Selling Association of Ireland (DSAI) have revealed that 75pc of the industry’s 20,000 direct sellers are now female, while 30pc are stay-at-home mums. Contributing €50m a year to the Irish economy, direct selling is where goods are sold direct to consumers outside of a fixed shop. Lynda Mills, director general of the DSAI, said: “There is a new type of female entrepreneur emerging in Ireland – women who are selling products they love and building really strong businesses through direct selling. “We are seeing more and more women being attracted to direct selling because it can fit so easily around other commitments – whether it’s…

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Campus bus tour for small businesses in Dublin

Event management company Platinum Events is holding a ‘Campus bus tour’ for small businesses in April to help them to engage better with universities regarding accessing research and innovation. The one-day trip on 16 of April will take in visits to Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. It will include a tour of each campus, shared experience and lessons from speakers, breakfast, lunch and a networking drinks reception.     Sorcha Corcoran

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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. In completing its third full year of operations since a management buyout in 2011, the firm has grown revenues from under €1m to over €7.4m in 2014. “For 2015, we’re forecasting another year of buoyant growth, which means that we’re now the biggest independent network integrator in the country,” said managing director Darragh Richardson. “For our first quarter, we’re on track to achieve growth of 26pc, and we’re forecasting growth of 20pc…

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Christine Cullen, managing director of Vision-net.ie

Company start-ups reached a seven-year high in 2014, with almost 18,000 new company formations, the first time this has happened since 2007, according to Vision-net.ie. Overall, there was a 14pc rise in company start-ups in 2014 it was the best December for company start-ups since the millennium (1,728 new companies). The Vision-net.ie figures show that 1,479 Irish companies were declared insolvent in 2014, a 7pc decrease on the previous year’s figure and the lowest since 2009. Nearly half (48pc) of insolvencies were based in Dublin, up 7pc on the same period in 2013. The five most insolvent counties were Dublin, Cork, Galway, Wexford and Kildare, between them accounting for almost…

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Irish medical devices start-up Neuromod is to create 50 jobs at its newly opened clinic in Dublin over the next five years further to the launch today, 12 December, of its new device to treat Tinnitus Mutebutton. A clinically proven, self-administered treatment, Mutebutton is the culmination of over four years of research and development since the company was founded in 2010 by CEO Dr Ross O’Neill. From 15 December, Irish Tinnitus sufferers will be the first members of the public to be able to access the mutebutton treatment through the Irish website (www.mutebutton.ie). Once purchased the device will be delivered to the Neuromod Clinic in Dublin where patients will be…

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Nando’s is opening its newest restaurant in Ireland in the Omni Park Shopping Centre, Santry in Dublin today, creating 28 full and part-time jobs. Known as the home of the Portuguese flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken, Nando’s currently employs over 400 people at nine stores across the Republic of Ireland. It plans to open another restaurant in the Square Tallaght in the New Year and has a further three restaurants in Northern Ireland. Alan Snyman, managing director of Nando’s Ireland, said: “The busy Omni Park in Santry, which attracts big crowds of shoppers and cinema goers all throughout the week, is the perfect location for us to spread our wings in Dublin’s…

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Life in the Womb app receives 2014 World Summit Award Michael Grant and Eoin Winston, co-founders of The Science Picture Company

An iPad app developed in Dublin called Life in the Womb has been recognised as one of the top 40 for mobile content innovation in the world. It has received a 2014 World Summit Award in the m-learning and education category and will be honoured next February at the WSA Mobile Global Congress in Abu Dhabi. Developed by Dublin agency Redwind Software and The Science Picture Company in conjunction with the National Maternity Hospital, Life in the Womb is a visual guide to pregnancy that explores the week-by-week progress of the developing baby using 3D-generated imagery. The app has proven extremely popular with its growing user base, earning a 5-star…

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Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland; Alastair Blair, country managing director, Accenture Ireland; Niamh

Accenture has launched the FinTech Innovation Lab Dublin, a programme that aims to accelerate technology innovation in the financial services industry and bolster economic and employment growth in Ireland. Supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation together with leading technology and financial services firms, it is open to entrepreneurs from Ireland who are developing cutting-edge technologies for the financial services sector. It will mean that six early-stage companies will get the opportunity to develop their product or proposition under the mentorship of senior executives from leading players in the financial services and technology industries, including AIB, Fexco and Google. The programme culminates in a day of…

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Rise programme being launched at UCD Smurfit Business School

Entrepreneurship initiative for primary school children Bizworld Ireland has launched a new programme called ‘Rise’ aimed at fostering young social entrepreneurs. Standing for ‘Rising Innovative Social Entrepreneurs’, it starts with two-day business development workshops involving children working in teams to make their own movie or business and culminates in a competition for sixth class pupils called The Biz Factor. A registered charity, Bizworld has received support from a range of stakeholders including Local Enterprise Offices, Intel, Microsoft, IPB Insurance, Dublin City University, Smurfit Business School and Intellectual Ventures. Through the existing Bizworld programme, participating children in fourth and fifth class are taken through the entire entrepreneurial cycle from writing a…

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A new survey has found that 76pc of Irish female entrepreneurs would be willing to refer business to other female-led businesses, with 61pc saying they would be willing to mentor other female business owners. Conducted by Ulster Bank as part of its Business Women Can network, the survey highlighted networking as a valuable business skill with 67pc of respondents stating they were members of at least one business network. “There is a great sense of support by women for women when it comes to starting and growing a business”, said Fiona Kingston, Business Women Can project director at Ulster Bank. “We all know that women in business face some barriers…

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