Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya with employees after announcing last week that he was giving them shares worth up to 10 per cent of the company when it goes public or is sold. Earlier this year Ulukaya turned down a very public acquisition approach from PepsiCo. Photograph: Alexandra Hootnick/The New York Times

The holy grail of all new brand builders is to create a disruptive innovation that sets a new agenda and sparks sustained category growth. In the fo(...)

 Michael Carey, managing director of East Coast Bakehouse and awards judge: “The entrepreneurs’ stories are, without exception, engaging and inspirational.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

I’ve spent a couple of days in the past week reviewing the entry nominations for the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, preparing to contribute (...)

A grave can be anything from 4 to 10 feet deep. “The gravediggers used to get paid by the foot and they’d always be delighted to get a 10-footer.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How mean-spirited would you have to be to have the flaws of your wife carved onto her gravestone as soon as she goes to her eternal reward? Such a mea(...)

Michael Carey: “Overseas missions led by ministers provide a remarkable opportunity.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The rationale for public funding of trade missions has been challenged, and questions are being asked about the benefits of the “reduced programme” of(...)

 Michael Carey says access to funding, and the related issue of perceived balance of risk and reward, is one of the major barriers for entrepreneurs. Photograph: Eric Luke

In the context of the uncertainty about Ireland’s political leadership, potential changes to policy on entrepreneurial activity should be closely watc(...)

John Collison of Stripe who was the International and Overall winner at the awards ceremony last night in Citywest last night. The event took place in front of an audience of over 1,500 people and was broadcast live on UTV Ireland and UTV. Photograph: Maxwells

John and Patrick Collison, the boy wonders of Irish technology, have won this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Their online payments p(...)

Fighting back: the red squirrel is now in all 32 counties. Illustration: Michael Viney

My first grey squirrel was scampering up a sidewalk tree in the heart of imperial Washington, a sight of no apparent novelty to anyone else. My second(...)

East Coast Bakehouse managing director  Michael Carey: “We love the food industry. We get a real buzz out of doing stuff in the food sector. The opportunity here is very real.”   Photograph: Eric Luke

The many biscuit packets strewn across the conference room table in Michael Carey’s office on Fitzwilliam Place offer the first clue as to the entrepr(...)

Michael Careyof East Coast Bakehouse: company’s factory  is the size of a football field  that will “provide a new commercially competitive local Irish source of biscuits” and avail of a ” great opportunity to provide high-quality biscuits to UK retailers.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The welcome given to plans by former Jacob Fruitfield management to set up a biscuit factory in Drogheda creating 100 jobs has to be tempered by the k(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton

The former management team of the Jacob Fruitfield Group has established a new Drogheda-based biscuit business, which will employ 100 staff when fully(...)