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“Something ventured” screening in UCD

Apple. Intel. Genentech. Cisco. Atari. Something Ventured tells the story of a handful of risk‐takers who alongside visionary entrepreneurs created these revolutionary companies. Beginning in the late 1950’s, a small group of high rollers fostered a one‐of‐a‐kind business culture that encouraged extraordinary risk and made possible unprecedented rewards. They laid […]

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90 Million available?

Over €90million in additional lending to 5,500 micro-enterprises will be made available under a Government scheme which is expected to create 7,700 jobs over 10 years, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD announced  last week. Minister Bruton was speaking as the Microenterprise Loan Fund Bill was […]

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Brainstorming for business

Brainstorming is an effective method to generate many ideas on a specific topic. Depending on the method chosen these ideas can be relevant to the topic and or have an alternative view of the problem. Brainstorming requires more than 6 people to be effective, with the ideal size of 8 […]

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What is Google Places?

Ask ten business owners that question, and you will probably get ten different answers. Actully not every busines owner in Ireland knows what Google Places is but the ones that do will tell you different things. One business owner may say Google Places is a micro website. Another business owner […]

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The Social Media Party’s Over…

We know the hype marketing departments have been peddling about having an active presence on Facebook and Twitter over the past 5 years. In a way who can blame them as this was the new ‘big thing’ dressed up as an easy way to attract consumers. You just needed an […]

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Why SMEs are important

SMEs are a crucial engine for economic growth in Ireland, said David Thomas, managing director, Corporate Markets at Ulster Bank.  “Successful small companies will be crucial in driving Ireland’s recovery. We are seeing about one hundred start ups every week and alongside exports and agriculture, these will drive recovery here.” […]

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Entrepreneur – The story so far

Hi I am Ruairi Gough, sales and marketing professional, business owner, entrepreneur. Product of a good secondary school education, along with four years spent studying marketing in DIT Aungier Street. Like many of my peers I walked out of college straight into the Celtic Tiger! But like many people I never saw the end […]

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Innovation and “DUH”

The wide lens is yet another book about innovation. We have covered a wide range of the books with our clients. “The Innovators DNA”, “Open Service Innovation”, “Demand”, “Creativity unlimited”, “Flash foresight”, etc.. Some are future babble, some focus on creativity, other focus on the execution. None has ever covered […]

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Looking for finance before you need it

Raising finance is a time consuming process and can also be quite stressful (particularly as time progresses). There may be some date in the future where your current trading position is no longer sustainable (which has brought you to the table in the first place). It is worth remembering that […]

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The future of digital explored

Despite the fact that the fun of digital communications is living in the ‘now’, it’s a wise idea to watch new ideas transform themselves into the next big things on the web, and then determine the perfect moment to adopt and learn them. But when you’re slap-bang in the middle […]

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Avoid the “launch it and leave it” trap

Many businesses have a “launch it and leave it” attitude when it comes to getting the most from their website. This approach generally results in websites that offer no return on the initial investment and end up being a great big waste of everybody’s time. To get the most from […]

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Which Start up would you vote for?

Whom would you vote for? The criteria are: Ability to spot a gap in the market / entrepreneurial spirit Unique / innovative / degree of originality of the product / service Reality of the business over the next 3-5 years –foresight / ability to adjust to changes Leadership and vision […]

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WHEN FREE IS NOT FREE

As a dedicated follower of the Open Source community, I absolutely love the idea of getting free stuff, but as business increasingly migrates to on-line special offers, what is becoming ever more prevalent is the flagrant abuse of the word “FREE”. A Google search on the meaning of the word […]

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INNOVATION IS FOR ALL BUSINESS

I believe that innovation is for all business. Innovation in the small business sector and the use of creative thinking is really just common sense. As an example here we have used a restaurant but the principles apply to all small business. Do restaurants need to innovate? They do if […]

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MAKING EUROS FROM THE EUROS

On Sunday night the Republic of Ireland will step out onto the pitch in Poznan and bridge a 10 year gap in major tournament finals and a 24 year one from the last time we played at this stage in the European Championships Hopes are high for a repeat of […]

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