Gary Leyden

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Toy creators Luz and Noel Donegan: The couple’s original idea was for a hybrid digital and real world play product that allowed children to create a highly personalised book.

On paper, the idea of two non-techies starting a business wholly dependent on technology does not look promising. But veteran toy creators Luz and Noe(...)

The PorterShed opened its doors in May 2016 and has become home to 30 fast-growing tech companies.

An abandoned Guinness storehouse scattered with pigeon droppings, broken office furniture and the detritus of its old brewing connections might not se(...)

Last year’s Ireland Funds’ Business Plan Competition winners:  Blaine Doyle (left) of GlowDx (second place), Stephen Geary of Sothic Bioscience (winners) and Orla McCallion & Sean Judge of UniTuition (3rd place).

The Ireland Funds, in partnership with the State-mandated NDRC, has launched its annual “Business Plan Competition”, which offers funding and mentorin(...)

Nicola Mortimer of Three: “I definitely think the environment for entrepreneurs has changed for the better.”
The start-up island

Ireland now boasts 36 incubators and accelerators dedicated to supporting start-up activity, with another six due to come on line this year. Accenture(...)

The winner of the One2Watch competition will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea to 1,200 attendees at the forthcoming FutureScope conference in Dublin

Four Irish start-ups have been selected to fight it out in a competition to find the country’s most scalable business idea. The winner of the One2Wat(...)

Niamh Collins: “There’s a huge openness within female-only groups that you don’t get with mixed groups.”

Niamh Collins is programme director of the Female High Fliers accelerator at the DCU Ryan Academy. She is also involved with Illuminate, the female-on(...)

Accenture’s Eithne Harley: “In the past we selected 12 entries to go forward to the semi-final stage; we’ve had to expand that to 18 this year as a result of the amazing quality and the huge increase in applications.”

This year’s Leaders of Tomorrow Competition has more entries than ever, more women and more social enterprises, according to Accenture’s Eithne Harley(...)

Accenture Ireland managing director Alistair Blair: ‘Our aim is to identify,foster and recogniseleadership potential and innovative thinking among aspiring entrepreneurs in Ireland .’ Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Some 88 entries from high-performing third-level students have been received for this year’s Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow award. The award offers stu(...)

Sarah Dineen at the launch of UniWink. Photograph: Darragh Kane

In early 2005, Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston created a new model for funding early stage start-ups, an accelerator programme called Y Combinat(...)

NDRC chief executive  Ben Hurley. Photograph: Alan Betson

NDRC’s technology start-up programme aimed at the financial services sector has named its first winner with Excel Rollup taking the top honours at Fi(...)

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