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

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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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Boosting the online presence of your start-up - Irish Times

Boosting the online presence of your start-up - Irish Times | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Maximise your resources and stretch your budget in innovative ways to get noticed
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Nothing 'signed nor sealed' air service contract

Nothing 'signed nor sealed' air service contract | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht has said nothing is signed nor sealed in relation to the awarding of a four year contract to a helicopter company.
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Surely another airline can run this service which is subsidised - and rightly so - by the tax payer. Aer Arann does not meet the tender requirements so look for another air service.
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Technology firm Evros announces 100 new jobs - Irish Times

Technology firm Evros announces 100 new jobs - Irish Times | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Firm to fill technology and administrative positions in Dublin, Kildare, Waterford, Cork
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Enterprise Ireland offering up to €65m for co-investment in seed funds

Enterprise Ireland offering up to €65m for co-investment in seed funds | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Enterprise Ireland is to make up to €65m available for co-investment in seed funds that will target high-growth companies.
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How Irish design is leading the way in architecture

How Irish design is leading the way in architecture | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
With a hunger to succeed in one of the toughest markets in the world Irish architects have being quietly rising to the top of Britain’s design echelons.
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3 Reasons why a Mentor can help your business

3 Reasons why a Mentor can help your business | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

3 Reasons why a Business Mentor can help your business



Businesses often require the advice of those with experience in their field or industry, in order to avoid costly pitfalls. Existing businesses, on the other hand, have already avoided (or made) their mistakes in the past but may be struggling to meet their long and short term goals. Both of these businesses can benefit from having a mentor. Mentors have long been associated with encouraging, steering, and advising.

It doesn’t matter what size business or company you have, a mentor can offer you helpful tips, organisational advice, and strategic assistance to get your business on the path to success. . Below are 3 reasons on why leveraging the knowledge of a Mentor is important.

1. Years of Experience

Many business mentors have decades of experience and expertise. The working knowledge offered by mentors is a benefit to your business. If you need help tackling challenges, Mentors can be effective. They can share proven techniques, as well as advise you on direction and projections for current or alternative courses of business development, based on their experience.

2. Strategy Expertise

Some businesses need to define their strategy or build a new one with an eye towards growth and profitability. With the help of a qualified mentor, you can do just that. The approaches focus on business, people, sales, and operations. Expertise in this area can prove invaluable. Your strategy should be designed to lead to your overall success.

3. Long-Term Objectives

Long-term objectives are important when it comes to business success. Mentors offer experience that will aid you in making plans for the future. These are long-term methods with on-going objectives. Business mentors work to share experience that requires action-oriented techniques.

 

 

 

 

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Are tech conferences a waste of time for start-ups asks Cantillon? Added comment from @billylinehan

Are tech conferences a waste of time for start-ups asks Cantillon? Added comment from @billylinehan | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of buzzwords and jargon, but their value is unclear

 

A “global” technology summit is also taking place in Dublin today. The event, hosted by the Silicon Valley-based Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), will examine the innovation ecosystem, the agtech revolution, big data and the Internet of Things.

 

The summit promises to bring “thought leadership on the latest innovations coming out of Silicon Valley”. One of the panel discussions will examine the role of “formal-informal methods to drive the education-innovation axis”.

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I agree with Cantillon in the Irish Times, conferences have limited value when they are lacking a focus for their target base. I have been so bored at events, suffering from poorly put together agendas and speakers with little of interest to share.

We ask WIIFM - Whats In It For Me?)

 

There has never been so many SME events as in May this year - a sign that the economy is growing.

 

Attendance has been mixed, heavy promotion has not delivered the target numbers of attendees.

 

Fingal Council are hosting the Silicon Valley based Irish Technology Leadership Conference in DCU as I write this piece. (I note as a Fingal resident that DCU is in Dublin City and not Fingal).

 

Conferences/summits/momentums/smart business shows, a funding event in the RDS this week and the SFA Conference coming up next month.

 

What have all these events in common?

 

celeb "entrepreneurs"

(often more famous about talking about business than doing it, including a few cute hoors and wafflers, so-called dragons and failed business men and rugby "stars")

 

"motivational" speakers

A curse of the modern age, a few good ones are around but most I find uninspiring, feeding off the gullible who don't see the Emperor's New Clothes

 

thought leaders

see Cantillon article

 

sports role models, 

talking to experienced business owners about leadership

mostly current rugby players (who's business acumen comes from  "fronting up" the odd pub or restaurant, a few GAA "stars")

 

GAA and Rugby

coaches and managers

 

sponsors, private sector

who have paid for their time in the spotlight

limelight feeds the ego of some of these CEOs and VIPs

 

sponsors, public sector

who have also paid for their time in the spotlight

limelight feeds the ego of some of these quango CEOs and semi-state senior managers

 

My advice

Look carefully before you commit to attending. 

I find that Intertrade Ireland and Enterprise Ireland events are usually more focused and practical.

 

 

Billy Linehan has been co-project manager of Your Business Day, a one day event in the Science Gallery sponsored by Dublin City CEB, 2010-2014.

The successful event comprised of free business mentoring, presentations by Dublin City CEB clients and a partner's exhibition.

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20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way! | GeekTime

20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way! | GeekTime | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
20 Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way!
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Attending the ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Workshops Update @NSAI_standards

Attending the ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 Workshops  Update  @NSAI_standards | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Agenda

09.00  Introduction to the changes and NSAI transition policy and guidance

High Level structure both standardsSummary of main changes to ISO 9001:2015Summary of main changes to ISO 14001:2015Case studies - delegates will get the opportunity, in groups, to discuss the application of the mains changes and how these changes impact specific business scenarios. NSAI will provide feedback on the group findings.Q & A session

13:00  Workshop closes


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Working on integrating a quality management system into a client's operations, and planning for ISO certification next year.

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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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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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Scale and Internationalise Your Business | IDA Ireland Investment Promotion Agency - IDA Ireland Investment Promotion Agency

Scale and Internationalise your business from Ireland http://t.co/Px4wTxgZFU #StartUpIRL
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Overcoming the pains of being an Irish SME - DB Computer Solutions Ltd.

Overcoming the pains of being an Irish SME - DB Computer Solutions Ltd. | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Overcoming the pains of being an Irish SME In a competitive environment, small business owners understand the difficulties of making the right investments, to ensure that business can flourish.
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Why Ireland is becoming a popular choice for business management courses

Why Ireland is becoming a popular choice for business management courses | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
By Ishani Duttagupta Ireland is emerging as one of the popular overseas destinations for Indian students, especially for those who want to take up business management courses. Currently, there are 2,000 Indian students studying at...
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Why these young Irish entrepreneurs chose to launch their startups in London

Why these young Irish entrepreneurs chose to launch their startups in London | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
And the advantages of being part of a global network built on a shared heritage.
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Linked Finance Tops € 10 Million in Loans |

Linked Finance Tops € 10 Million in Loans | | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Linked Finance Tops € 10 Million in Loans - Irish peer to peer lender Linked Finance has topped € 10 million in... http://t.co/jobd55OCqr
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Irish Entrepreneurs in Good Hands |

Irish Entrepreneurs in Good Hands | | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Featured Business of the Week: Entrepreneurs in Good Hands http://t.co/gxEkHAFv0t
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Invaluable tools for running a business from @smallbusinesscan

The following are some of the top tools you can use to not only to run your business but also take it to higher heights:

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Google Drive , Bill.com , Evernote , Ontraport , Google Hangouts  - business case for each explained

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Product Camp at DIT, Aungier St, Dublin - Thursday June 11th 2015

Product Camp at DIT, Aungier St, Dublin - Thursday June 11th 2015 | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it
Product Camp Dublin is a free unconference for Product Managers and Product Marketers. In the spirit of BarCamp, Product Camp Dublin is a collaborative, user organized unconference, focused on Prod...
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European MicroFinance conference in Dublin 18,19 June 2015 @microfinanceire

European MicroFinance conference in Dublin 18,19 June 2015 @microfinanceire | Doing business in Ireland | Scoop.it

Objective The general objective of the conference is to discuss the cooperation potential between traditional financial institutions and the microfinance sector so that collaboration and cohesion, in reaching out to the underserved, is enhanced between both sectors.

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