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A wired city full of sensors looks like the future for all of us, for better or worse. Dublin is trying it out on a grand scale.
Smart cities are the talk of all towns these days. Whether defined by ubiquitous sensors, high-speed Internet or smart transportation, every city from Seoul to Helsinki is teching up and boasting about it.
Now Dublin, from way behind, is angling to jump to the head of the pack. (See: "How the 'Internet of Things' May Change the World")
Yesterday, Dublin's new 'Commissioner For Startups' started a two-year term. So just what does the role, which is mostly funded by Dublin City University's Ryan Academy, mean? I caught
CELTAR Adviser's insight:
Welcome to Niamh Bushnell in her new role as commissioner for tech startups in Dublin.
There is little description of what she will do for the next 2 years in this short interview - I hope to hear her next week in an event at the Digital Hub.
Funded job via the Ryan Academy (funded by Declan Ryan?) , based in Dublin City Council's Wood Quay complex, supported by Enterprise Ireland and Dublin Chamber of Commerce - there are several stakeholders for her to keep happy.
The role arose from the Activing Dublin Tech Startup Report, and the Startup Dublin conference of 2013.
Startup Ireland (Ireland’s representative body for the startup sector) is carrying out Ireland’s first national survey of startup activity in collaboration with Amarach Research.
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CELTAR Adviser's insight:
StartUp Ireland is an initiative for TECH companies primarily.
But other companies from other sectors are not excluded from the survey. And of course all businesses are tech enabled.
Non-tech businesses make up the majority of startups in Ireland, and will make the greater contribution to employment.
In the US 70% of high potential startups come from non-tech sectors (Kaufmann Foundation)..
MANY talk about 3D printing as a technology ‘of the future’. But three Irish sisters are making it a reality for everyday online shopping.
Together with co-founder Miguel Alonso, the O’Dalys created FabAllThings, now rebranded as LoveAndRobots.com. The service is an online shop that allows ordinary people to pick out everyday items such as clocks or smartphone cases. But, in a twist, they can choose to either order the fully made product via the post or simply to download the ‘3D design’. If the latter, they can simply send it to their nearest 3D printing shop (and there is a growing number of them about) to expedite the whole thing. It’s a novel idea, but is it working? - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/worldbeating-online-print-store-is-a-sister-act-in-3d-30613525.html?__scoop_post=727bfc90-4478-11e4-cac3-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=546124#__scoop_post=727bfc90-4478-11e4-cac3-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=546124
With the advent of the most hyped web summit to date, it is worth reflecting - based on solid research elsewhere - on the support for entrepreneurs and ‘ordinary’ businesses in Ireland.
Probably one of the most intelligent sources of research on entrepreneurship that I have come across in recent years emanates from the Kaufmann Foundation based in Kansas City, USA, says Billy Linehan of Celtar.
Dane Stangler of Kaufmann delights in challenging all of us in the enterprise support community – and Enterprise Ireland in our local context – by demolishing commonly held assumptions about
- small business and job creation
- the typical age range of successful entrepreneurs
- why governments and local authorities should stop trying to copy and re-create mini ‘Silicon Valleys’
- and that incubation centres are NOT effective in launching early-stage companies
I love this animated sketchbook describing the research findings,
see it at
and for my comments on the research click on http://celtar.ie/blog/entrepreneur/4-myths-of-entrepreneurship/
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Taking care of business in Dublin Castle today, Tiago of @mySEDAS & #guerillamentor @tcob2014 pic.twitter.com/zCZF7tjIv2
25 government departments, agencies and initiatives on display.
Picture Tiago da Mascarenhas Marketing director, SEDA Colleges, and Billy Linehan of Celtar
Statistics reveal that 70 per cent of small businesses that receive business mentoring support, survive for five years or more and are 20 per cent more likely to experience growth. But why is business mentoring such a key part of business success?
You need to have someone to talk through your business issues to help motivate and empower you. Although many entrepreneurs take inspiration from the words of business leaders such as Richard Branson and Peter Jones, nothing really beats sitting down and having a one-to-one with someone who is interested in your business, and has the knowledge and experience to help it grow.
Here are my top tips to finding a good business mentor who can really benefit your business.Explore your own networks
Consider family, friends, former bosses or inspiring business contacts that you already know, in the first instance. Pick people whose judgement you admire and respect and approach them with a view to them becoming your business mentor. Make sure you pick people who you trust are going to be honest with you and can give you an external view of your business.Ask your network for recommendations
You may find that a friend of a friend is in the same sort of business as you and would be a perfect match. Ask the question on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter to ensure that you spread your search as widely as possible. Explore every avenue in your own network before you start looking further afield.Mentors don’t have to be in the same business as you
Often people look for mentors who have a different skill set and are specialists in areas that they may be weak in e.g. marketing, public relations, finance or HR. Having an experienced mentor with different expertise can really help to give businesses a boost.Check out Government schemes to see if you qualify for support from a mentor
It is well worth contacting your local Chamber of Commerce to see if they run or keep lists of potential mentors. Schemes such as the UK Government’s Growth Vouchers programme are certainly worth applying for too and can give you support in a few vital key areas such as finance and marketing.Target people you admire
Think about entrepreneurs that you admire or would love to work with and write to them. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain if they are interested in giving you support along the way. Draw up a hit list of your ideal business mentors and make sure that your letter is personalised to them and explains clearly why they are somebody you would like to work with.Be clear about your goals
Before you select a mentor, make sure you are clear about what you want to achieve, how a mentor will help you get there and what your expectations are. This holds true for every subsequent meeting you have with your mentor. Be clear what you need from them every time you meet so that you don’t waste time.
Don’t wait until your business gets into difficulty before looking for a mentor. An entrepreneur who works with a mentor should do so from as early on as possible. A mentor is there as a sounding board and to provide advice to help a business grow. They are not there to issue orders but to help business owners find their own solutions.
The key to any successful mentoring partnership is respect and the ability to get on together. You've got to click and you have to be able to have honest conversations about your business with each other. Above all you need to be able to communicate with each other and there needs to be trust and respect on both sides.
CELTAR Adviser's insight:
There are many professional business mentors and advisers working with Irish business owners. You can look on Google.ie for "business advisers Dublin" and should find a selection there.