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5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Must Learn to Code

Being an entrepreneur isn’t about getting stuck in the day-to-day operations. It’s all about delegating, building relationships, and making decisions. That’s how Steve Jobs built the world’s largest tech company without ever writing a single line of code himself. But that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs shouldn’t learn to code. Here are […]

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Dream Big, Win Big at #IBYE 2015

The Search is on for 93 of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. Through Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition (#IBYE), over 90 people aged between 18 and 30 will win €10,000 – €20,000 to invest in their own businesses in Ireland this year. That lump sum can buy that new piece of […]

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Japanese Electronics Company Brings European Expansion to Dublin

SMK Corporation, a multinational electro-mechanical component manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo Japan is to establish a new European Headquarters in Dublin. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Thursday, April 9) announced that the Japanese company will create 11 jobs over three years. SMK designs and produces a […]

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5 Ways to Impress the Dragons

The thought of coming face-to-face with Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Deborah Meaden, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney is enough to strike fear into any entrepreneur, and the Den has claimed many a victim since it launched in 2005. But as an entrepreneur that has faced the Dragons and emerged intact […]

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‘Love Money’ need not be unrequited

The recent report from DCU’s Ryan Academy on Love Money (i.e. informal investment in small businesses by family and friends) garnered much attention from the media. According to the report, a whopping €275 million was invested in this way in 2011. For every €1 formally invested by venture capital funds, […]

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Ryan Academy launches third phase of Propeller Venture Accelerator

 DCU’s Ryan Academy is launching the third phase of its Propeller Venture Accelerator programme for early-stage technology start-ups on Monday 3rd September 2012.  This three-month, award-winning accelerator offers a total package of €45 000 to entrepreneurs with winning ideas:  €30 000 investment, office space, over 80 mentors (technical, specialists and […]

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Assessment of the proposition

Writing business plans, persuasion documents, loan submissions, tenders…are a hard slog. Hours of blood, sweat and tears. When you finally get your work of art finished and before you submit, do yourself a favour – ask an outsider, an expert, a potential client to review what you have created. Urge […]

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