Linked Finance brings online crowd funding for SMEs to Ireland

Peter O'Mahony, CEO Linked Finance, Conor Mc Aleese, COO, Linked Finance, Bobby Kerr, Senator

An online crowd funding initiative called Linked Finance has been launched in Dublin with the backing of Irish entrepreneurs and international investors. The new Linked Finance technology facilitates person to person lending, or ‘crowd funding’ for Irish business. Business borrowers, vetted as part of the Linked Finance registration process, can access cashflow from a pool of potential lenders, who, in turn, can request and earn good returns on their investment, and engage with the businesses they invest in, both as customers and backers. Linked Finance CEO Peter O’Mahony explains: “Linked Finance is technology offering a new and painless way for Irish businesses to borrow money from a large group of…

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Techforce Offers Polish HR Solution to Irish Firms

Techforce offers Polish HR solution to Irish firms Founders of Techforce Patrick Leddy and Kevin Greene

A new company founded by tech entrepreneurs Patrick Leddy and Kevin Greene, Techforce, is recruiting software developers for Irish firms and managing them remotely in Krakow. Specialising in Android, iPhone, PHP, Microsoft and Java developers, Leddy said they started Techforce to “offer a simple solution to a recurring recruitment problem.” Along with software development, work in offering add-ons including top quality wood iPhone cases, is being looked at seriously. “The more prominent tech firms often snap up the best developers. That tightens the supply and ticks up the cost for everyone else. We solve the problem by designing, supporting and managing skilled, English-speaking software developers, remotely, in low-cost Poland. “Our model…

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Sheology announces plans to add 30 new jobs over three years

Irish media company Sheology, owner of Mummypages.ie and MummyPages.co.uk, said today that it’s planning to create at least 30 new jobs over the next three years, quadrupling its existing workforce. The company said the new jobs will be editorial, marketing and technical roles. The female-focused firm was set up by husband and wife team Cormac and Sandra McKenna in 2009 with the launch of MummyPages.ie, which was originally a blog.  The website was later relaunched in Ireland as a full service interactive media site, while a British version (www.mummypages.co.uk) followed in 2011. The McKennas said today that they are launching a new digital offering under the Sheology banner with the…

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Sensormind and Vodafone shortlisted for Best Mobile Health Product or Service at Global Mobile Awards

Best Mobile Health Product or Service at Global Mobile Awards

Irish connected health start-up Sensormind has been shortlisted in partnership with Vodafone for the Best Mobile Health Product or Service award at the 18th Global Mobile Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Global Mobile Awards, which recognise excellence and innovation within the mobile communications industry, will be presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 26 February. “Sensormind has created a unique and innovative product which provides a critical service to our elderly and vulnerable customers every day and we are looking forward to taking our product awareness to a global audience through this award,” said Siobhan King-Hughes, CEO, Sensormind. The Best Mobile Health Product or…

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SalesPulse launches ‘Rollcall’ app for primary schools

Irish software firm SalesPulse has launched an app called ‘Rollcall’, which allows teachers to record absenteeism on their smartphones. Developing dedicated software for primary schools since it was founded in Kilkenny 10 years ago, SalesPulse’s Primary Schools Administration System is now in place in over 300 schools across Ireland. This system tracks school attendance, returns to the Department of Education, bulk mails and texts to parents, parents’ contact details, school accounts and payments from students among other services. SalesPulse recently upgraded this software to a secure cloud based system allowing school principals, teachers and school secretaries to access the system from the classroom, the office or remotely. The new ‘Rollcall’…

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Additional €1.5m available through Innova programme

InterTradeIreland is making a further €1.5m in funding available for businesses in 2013 through the Innova programme for North/South collaborative innovation partnerships to develop new products, process or service development. To date, InterTradeIreland has released over €8m directly to companies North and South to commercialise existing partnerships. Significant outputs to date include development of treatments for cancer, the development of a heart monitoring device and the development of a compost raw material. The Innova programme in particular is looking for collaborative partnership projects in the following sectors: life and health sciences, polymers and plastics, agri-food, advanced engineering and advanced materials, telecoms, ICT and environmental. Partners can work in the same sector or come from different…

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The Baby Bay Market Branches Out From Leinster

The Baby Bay Market branches out from Leinster

Buy, Sell, and Recycle Your “Baby Stuff” Update: The website has been down for some time and Ms. O’Rourke has not responded to our requests for an update on the website’s status. For the past six months, The Baby Bay Market has been running in various locations around Dublin, and founder Mandy O’Rourke is now bringing it to Sligo. The idea behind The Baby Bay Market is to allow parents to buy, sell and recycle their baby stuff in a safe and fun environment. O’Rourke,  a female entrepreneur , also runs BabyBay, where parents can trade their baby stuff online. She has just re-launched the site so parents can now post their unwanted…

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Flowers.ie sees spike in overseas sales for Christmas

Flowers.ie sees spike in overseas sales for Christmas

Irish owned online flower delivery service Flowers.ie has reported a 33pc increase in sales from customers living in Canada, Australia and the US compared to the 2011 Christmas period. The website has experienced a steady increase in sales from customers living outside of Ireland since 2007. Martin O’Gara, Flowers.ie general manager attributed the sales spike to Irish emigrants now living abroad ordering gifts of Christmas floral bouquets for family and friends here at home. “While this is a good news story for Flowers.ie it is also a sad reflection of the large numbers of Irish people now living abroad, more than likely due to the difficult economic situation here at…

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Conker wins NDRC’s Lift Off competition

Irish start-up Conker has won the National Digital Research Centre’s Lift Off competition, which will give it access to a €40,000 investment fund. Conker aims to help game developers to earn more from free-to-play titles. It increases revenue for free-to-play game developers by tracking and analysing the behaviour of successful players who have purchased items and using that information to influence the behaviour of other players. Conker pitched against 14 other start-ups in a competition which was held in front of an audience of investors and mentors as well as a judging panel. Tempity, An online platform which directly connects recruitment agencies with available temps, took second place and access to…

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AJ Noonan is new chairman of the Small Firms Association

AJ Noonan is new chairman of the Small Firms Association AJ Noonan, managing director, Rhonellen Group

Managing director of healthcare company Rhonellen Group AJ Noonan has been elected as the new chairman of the Small Firms Association (SFA). Based in Dublin, Rhonellen Group is involved in the provision and management of healthcare infrastructure. It is currently working with the HSE in relation to its Health Strategy 2001 which outlined plans to provide primary care centres throughout Ireland. Noonan was educated at the College of Commerce Rathmines. He has been self-employed since 1990, initially in recruitment and laterally in development. He has been a National Council member of the SFA for over 10 years and has played an active role in promoting the association in that time.…

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