Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham, and Aine Mulloy of GirlCrew. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

Irish start-up GirlCrew has been chosen as one of the Irish winners of the Silicon Valley and EU Roadshow. Nine start-ups from Dublin, Berlin, Milan(...)

Ollwyn Moran: Cognikids produces functional development products for infants and toddlers.
New innovators: Cognikids

Wooden and tiled floors may tick the box for chic interior design but they’re bad for babies, according to Ollwyn Moran, founder of Cognikids. “Craw(...)

Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

Aoife Kelly, founder of ÍON herbal tonics: “When you are your own boss, you are captain of your ship – there’s nothing more freeing and exhilarating.”

1. Give us your pitch: Why should someone buy one of your products/service? We help companies achieve a healthier and more energised workforce where (...)

Out Tuesday: Irish retail sales (Oct). Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
For your diary

MONDAY Results: GameStop; Mallinckrodt. Meetings: Brave Business Conference (Davenport Hotel, D2). Indicators: US existing home sales (Oct). TUESDAY (...)

Pharmapod founder Leonora O’Brien: she will be  speaking at a start-up event organised by the DCU Ryan Academy and Global Invest Her

One of the biggest challenges for female entrepreneurs at early stage business is access to funding, with men 70 per cent more likely to gain access t(...)

Theo Lynn and Philip Healy of Cork-based company Rendicity: launched their image-rendering service in August

It took 29 hours per frame to turn the Sully character from Monsters University into the image viewers saw of him on screen. This process of convertin(...)

Closing time: there can be a number of reasons why businesses fail, and it’s not always the fault of the entrepreneur

Failure is an option, as long as it comes with a lesson to be learned – that is the advice regularly given to the country’s start-up scene, which is o(...)

The Ireland funds Business Plan Competition 2013 took place in Dublin. Pictured are Richard Miller and Matthew Kyle of RMK Securities, watched by Matthew and Alex Moran, whose mother Ollwyn of Creeper Crawlers was also competing.

A babygro that aids neurological development in babies took top honours at the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition which took place in Dublin yest(...)

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