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£16.5m opportunity for SMEs and graduates to flourish with InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme

SMEs across the island that are keen to innovate and potentially bring a new product or service to market, are being urged to apply for InterTradeIreland’s FUSION programme. Over the next five years, InterTradeIreland, the business agency responsible for fostering cross-border trade and innovation, will invest £16.5m to allow more […]

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Why Wasn’t Your Business Plan Funded?

While there can be so many differences that appear between business managers when they want to create a really effective financial business plan, this does not mean that there is always a guarantee that funding will be found. Many think that once financing was obtained once, something similar is going […]

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Guide to Buying a Small Business

Embarking on a small business venture takes courage, lots of energy, and a willingness to take risks. This guide to buying a small business, instead of starting a new business from scratch, will showcase several advantages that buying an established small business venture offers. The current owner has already done […]

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€2 million, 3 Gateways, 6 Companies

Three research groups at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have been recently awarded almost €2 million by Enterprise Ireland to deliver technology solutions for 6 companies. The funding will enable researchers in all three of the Institute’s Enterprise Ireland supported Technology Gateways to work with the companies in the areas […]

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From a Hobby to a Home Business

Developing a hobby is considered a stress buster. Ever so often someone becomes so good at the hobby that they are told they should consider becoming professionals. In most cases people are reluctant to take a chance by quitting their day job and turning their hobby into a brand new […]

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Crowdfunding – Why Do It?

Hi, I am Fiona and I am Chief Operating Officer at Sian’s Plan. We’re raising €120,000/£100,000 through Seedrs. Check out our campaign here. Why did we at Sian’s Plan think that this was a good option? 1.  Show Me the Money We’d be lying if we said that our main […]

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Crowdfunding – Tips to a Successful Campaign

Hi, I am Fiona and I am Chief Operating Officer at Sian’s Plan. We’re raising €120,000/£100,000 through Seedrs. Check out our campaign here. The key to raising crowdfunding finance is preparation. Don’t think you can just sit back and see the numbers grow! Here I set out some of the […]

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8 Things You Must Know When You Launch A Start-Up

Many people dream of starting their own business and being their own boss. No attending mind-numbing meetings, no being glued at the desk, no answering bothersome phone calls, no writing boring reports in a thankless corporate job. Instead, creativity, freedom and independence await you at your own start-up. Nowadays, launching […]

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Build Your Financial Capability in 2014

Business owners understand their business and are usually good at explaining what it is they do and why their product / service is worth choosing over a competitors. Yet many of the same business owners are uncomfortable in describing the financials of their business as they do not feel they […]

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Propeller start up: The Present Tree

Today we are profiling one of the 26 successful candidates currently progressing through the intensive second phase of the programme – Catherine Cunningham from The Present Tree. The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime Catherine Cunningham was intrigued by the idea of an online, eco-friendly business with the potential for high-growth, […]

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How to Prepare a Pitch to Angel Investors

For a first-time entrepreneur, securing funding for a new venture can be one of the trickiest parts of launching your business. Knowing who to ask and how to ask can make or break a company. While there are several ways to approach financial support for your company, angel investors are […]

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Propel Programme: Calling for Applications

Invest Northern Ireland is calling on local innovative start-ups, who can demonstrate their potential to succeed and scale-up in international markets to apply for its Propel programme. The programme offers a unique opportunity for Northern Ireland based entrepreneurs to fast track their business ideas, develop intensive growth plans and explore […]

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Start Up: Beacon

Start up Beacon is  part of the Propel Programme. Aiming to fast-track new and innovative businesses that can export successfully to markets around the world, Invest Northern Ireland’s latest Propel Programme embarked on a new phase this month as 26 successful candidates entered its crucial second stage. Today we are […]

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