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7 ways for Irish SMEs to raise funds -without banksThe Sunday Business Post

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Doing business in Ireland - news from Celtar business consultants, business advisers Dublin and Ireland, curated by Billy Linehan
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Optimise - IEDR

We set up OPTIMISE to provide Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or micro-enterprises with a range of e-commerce supports.
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StartUp Ballymun

StartUp Ballymun | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Liam Barry, Economic Development Officer, Ballymun Town Civic Alliance presents StartUp Ballymun - Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Ballymun, Civic Centre, Main St.. Find event and ticket information.
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StartUp Ballymun - Promoting Enterprise & Business in North Dublin
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Irish teenager launches Positivity Packs business to boost mental health

Irish teenager launches Positivity Packs business to boost mental health | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
A 17 year old teenager from Limerick, James Corneille, has recently launched a start-up business called Positivity Pack & Skizzie. As part of the Digital Youth Council James created the Positiv…
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Britain sacrifices steel industry to curry favour with China

Britain sacrifices steel industry to curry favour with China | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
#Britain sacrifices #steel industry to curry favour with #China | via @telebusiness https://t.co/bCfUmIM3Nr
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And Conservatives are hindering EU actions against steel dumping 
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How Too Much Networking Almost Killed My Startup

"I could be at home, actually working on my startup. But instead I'm here, at a startup happy hour . . . talking about startups."
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Yep, have noticed much networking for the sake of networking. It is only a small part of business development. Bodies like banks utilise events as cheap marketing, chambers of commerce have been running networking events for years.
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Shine on #Websummit - tips and musings

Shine on #Websummit - tips and musings | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Attending the last websummit?

See my comments below

Billy

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I remember first hearing Paddy Cosgrave talking about bringing all these cool founders to Dublin at a Bizcamp in the Guinness Storehouse ten years ago . 
And I have followed the progress of the event since.

 

I advise all my clients tech and nonTech,  and anybody else, to go to have a look at it. Don’t be overwhelmed by the size, it is a big trade fair with stuff happening to suit every curious mind.

 

 

-          Prepare, how can you run your business with not working for 3 days, or tell your boss that the Web Summit is worth 3 days off, or tell your partner that you will be missing for 3 days, and in my case that she will have to deliver/collect kids from school ……

 

-          Prepare, decide who you want to hear. This has always been difficult as the schedule is only made public a few days beforehand

 

-          Prepare, decide who you want to meet. Upload your profile on whatever networking App the Summit is employing, and look there.

 

 

-          Get to the Pub Summit the night beforehand, something I have failed to do so far. The Pub Summit is a great way of meeting the all-sorts of people who travel to the event (I will be at the Pubsummit this final year).

 

-          Give yourself loads of time to loiter, to look around and feel the madness of it all. The RDS has the smell of business, a place full of shysters and chancers, many of them on stage. And the someof us aspiring to be there too

 

-          Be invited to a corporate, EI or EU sponsored dinner, happened by chance to me last year

 

-           Have a purpose. Usually I have a few startup clients exhibiting and know a couple more. I like to give them some support, check out their stands and tell any people I meet to pass their way

 

-          Have a purpose. Last year I offered free business mentoring  and promoted the service via Twitter using the #guerillamentor hashtag. I don’t like hanging around too much so this gives me something useful to do, and I meet some interesting folk

 

 

 Why go?

-          Why do I go? To learn, see good business practice, the use of different business models and find out what’s new

 Why do I go?  make contacts for my network of clients

 

-           Why do I go? It gives me a buzz. I know I will only see 1% of what’s going on. (I tend to avoid the large stage where the f.ounders and tech stars and tech celebs offer their words of wisdom to the crowds).

 

 

 Ready

-          Be ready, Pebble charger for smartphone, bag for free stuff, and don’t depend on the Wifi and – go early to lunch!

 

Last websummit in Dublin

Sad to see Paddy and crew depart to Lisbon but the event has run its course here.

Most attendees are not from Ireland (last year and this year), and I am surprised at the number of people I know in tech businesses who have little interest in attending.

And the relationship between the Summit organiser and local and central government has worn thin.

 

Look out for me in the milling crowds, @billylinehan and #guerillamentor .

Or see me in McDaids tonight!

 

Part of this article was quoted in @simoncocking 's ebook 

How to Crack the Web Summit 2015, buy at http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Crack-Web-Summit-2015-ebook/dp/B015PWO9XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443083708&sr=8-1&keywords=How+to+Crack+the+Web+Summit+2015 

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Low interest rates offering SMEs a lifeline - Irish Examiner

Low interest rates offering SMEs a lifeline - Irish Examiner | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Many firms continue to survive solely due to the lifeline offered to them by low interest rates.
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Meet the entrepreneur creating co-working space for start-ups on a barge in Dublin’s Silicon Docks

For the full story, click here: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/item/42081-floating-start-up/ There is no co-working space like it in all of Dublin, a city ...
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'New Boston' sprang from the 1965 immigration act - The Boston Globe

'New Boston' sprang from the 1965 immigration act - The Boston Globe | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
The influx of skills, labor, and cultural contributions helped turn this city around from its postwar decline.
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Trinity professorship for McWilliams - Irish Independent

Trinity professorship for McWilliams - Irish Independent | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Irish Independent columnist David McWilliams will join Trinity Business School as a professor on global economics.
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recognition by the establishment . At last.
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Enterprise Ireland Launches €500,000 Competitive Start up Fund

Enterprise Ireland Launches €500,000 Competitive Start up Fund | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Enterprise Ireland is delighted to announce a Competitive Start Fund aimed at attracting international start-ups to locate to Ireland.Ten companies will each receive an investment of €50,000 for a ...
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Programme to give a helping hand to start-ups in Northern Ireland - Belfast Telegraph

Programme to give a helping hand to start-ups in Northern Ireland - Belfast Telegraph | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Start-ups from Northern Ireland and further afield are invited to apply for a major 90-day accelerator programme.
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Five companies using waste products in surprising ways

Five companies using waste products in surprising ways | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
From ketchup byproducts being turned into bio-plastic to waste bread being used to brew beer, here are five innovative ways companies are re-thinking waste
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Irish businesses paying 80pc more for loans than euro zone average - National Competitiveness Council's damning report - Independent.ie

Irish businesses paying 80pc more for loans than euro zone average - National Competitiveness Council's damning report - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
IRISH businesses are paying 80pc more for loans than the euro zone average, a damning report from the National Competitiveness Council has warned.
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Cost of Doing Business is the Big Issue for Irish SMEs

Never mind grants and ecosytems, or the nonsense of #backing brave, address the real issues for indigenous firms of doing business  in Ireland .

The latest report from the National Competitiveness Council highlights that Ireland is uncompetitive for bank lending to SMEs, cost of legal services and cost of insurance (and the latter 2 are connected).


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Tweet from @BillyLinehan

Tweet from @BillyLinehan | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Vote 4 @Aideen_Hayden in #Seanad16 election #NUI panel,chair of @ThresholdIRE longterm housing advocate https://t.co/TXp7NnKTDv
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State-backed lender will charge Irish SMEs interest of up to 15pc - Independent.ie

State-backed lender will charge Irish SMEs interest of up to 15pc - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
A state-backed debt fund will charge SMEs up to 15pc in interest.
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This is bizarre, interest rates of 12 to 15 per cent for #startups and ordinary #smes ! 
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Startup Ballymun – promoting business on Dublin’s Northside

Startup Ballymun – promoting business on Dublin’s Northside | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Dublin City Council are coordinating an exciting business event in Ballymun on 14 April. Speakers from a wide variety of companies are sharing their startup and business growth experience Hear from Gavan Walsh of ICabbi , the world’s leading cloud based taxi dispatch system Yinka Martin o
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Chuffed to be MC for this event organised by Liam Barry of Dublin City Council.

Great line up of 4 business entrepreneurs
• Gavan Walsh of ICabbi , the world’s leading cloud based taxi dispatch system www.icabbi.com • Yinka Martin of Hairweavon, wig and hair extension specialists www.hairweavon.com • Kate Cronin of Obeo, the fuss-free way to recycle your food waste www.weareobeo.com • Ciara Troy of Oiishi Foods, makers of high quality, authentic Japanese food products www.oishiisushi.ie

To be launched by Mark Kellett of Magnet Networks

Book and see detailshttp://ow.ly/10xmT4  or drop in on the day

Starts at 4.30pm with information stands and free mentoring

Tea and coffee too
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SMEs search for lending alternatives

SMEs search for lending alternatives | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Peer-to-peer lending continues to grow in Ireland as an alternative source of finance for the SME sector.
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Banks failing to lend still to existing businesses, despite heavy PR piggybacking on fledgling and unproven startups. 
Lack of competition in Irish market.
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StartUp in the City from LEO - DublinCity, latest line up of business speakers #startupirl

StartUp in the City from LEO - DublinCity, latest line up of business speakers #startupirl | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
16 of our clients share their startup & success stories in this special event which is part of the national StartUpGathering 2015

4 panels of speakers, drop in to see the panel you wish to hear.

Free speed mentoring with LEO City mentors

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Time

Speakers

8.45

Doors open

Coffee & speed mentoring

9.30

Launch

Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise, Dublin City Council

Billy Linehan, Facilitator, Celtar & LEO business mentor

9.40

Panel 1 - Tech

Stuart Mcmullen, Downthesofa.com

Marcio Prudencio & Tiago Mascarenhas, POW eLearning

Gemma Clarke, Inforama

Paul McDonald, Sonitus Systems

10.40

Panel 2 – Food

Isolde Johnson, Cool Beans

Catherine Buggy, Boutique Bake

Sabine Hobbel & Nico Oliveri, Leaves Pure Food 

11.30

Coffee break & networking

11.50

Panel 3–  Creative & Design

Beibhinn Flood, The Design House

Lucy Clarke, Elks (formerly Si and Lu)

Olwyn Moran, Cognikids.com (formerly Creeper Crawlers) 

Ali Ryan, Goss.ie

12.40

Panel 4– web & ecommerce

Rosanna Fiorenza, Travelling Languages 

Cormac O'Donnchu, Experience Gaelic Games

Ailbhe Roche, Irish Whiskey Museum

Stephen O'Brein, Cableflag 

1.30 - 2.30

LUNCH

Speed mentoring

Networking

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cableflag | label your cables

cableflag | label your cables | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
RT @BillyLinehan: And new company Cableflag will tell their story at @LEODublinCity #startupirl event 5 Oct see http://t.co/aTrAjcOZWb
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Google puts Dublin on the global start-up map with new Tech Hub

In what is a major coup for Dublin's burgeoning start-up community, the addition of the city to Google's Tech Hub Network increases the amount of start-up ...
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StartUp in the City from LEO - DublinCity, latest line up of business speakers #startupirl

StartUp in the City from LEO - DublinCity, latest line up of business speakers #startupirl | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
16 of our clients share their startup & success stories in this special event which is part of the national StartUpGathering 2015

4 panels of speakers, drop in to see the panel you wish to hear.

Free speed mentoring with LEO City mentors

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Time

Speakers

8.45

Doors open

Coffee & speed mentoring

9.30

Launch

Greg Swift, Head of Enterprise, Dublin City Council

Billy Linehan, Facilitator, Celtar & LEO business mentor

9.40

Panel 1 - Tech

Stuart Mcmullen, Downthesofa.com

Marcio Prudencio & Tiago Mascarenhas, POW eLearning

Gemma Clarke, Inforama

Paul McDonald, Sonitus Systems

10.40

Panel 2 – Food

Isolde Johnson, Cool Beans

Catherine Buggy, Boutique Bake

Sabine Hobbel & Nico Oliveri, Leaves Pure Food 

11.30

Coffee break & networking

11.50

Panel 3–  Creative & Design

Beibhinn Flood, The Design House

Lucy Clarke, Elks (formerly Si and Lu)

Olwyn Moran, Cognikids.com (formerly Creeper Crawlers) 

Ali Ryan, Goss.ie

12.40

Panel 4– web & ecommerce

Rosanna Fiorenza, Travelling Languages 

Cormac O'Donnchu, Experience Gaelic Games

Ailbhe Roche, Irish Whiskey Museum

Stephen O'Brein, Cableflag 

1.30 - 2.30

LUNCH

Speed mentoring

Networking

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Remote medicine startup Webdoctor raises €750000, part-funded by EI - Irish Independent

Remote medicine startup Webdoctor raises €750000, part-funded by EI - Irish Independent | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Online medical service Webdoctor has raised over €750,000 to fund its expansion.
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GEM not a reliable indicator of startup activity
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Sinn Féin politician slams 'partitionist' McDonald's burger - thejournal.ie

Sinn Féin politician slams 'partitionist' McDonald's burger - thejournal.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff said the McMór should be available in Northern Irish outlets.
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Sinn Fein nonsene
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Ryanair unveils big expansion from Dublin including flights to Amsterdam - Independent.ie

Ryanair unveils big expansion from Dublin including flights to Amsterdam - Independent.ie | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Ryanair has unveiled a significant expansion of its services from Dubin Airport.
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