Ken Doyle of e-commerce company Luzern Solutions which received funds in 2003 and now employs 50 people. Photograph: Alan Betson

Every year, Enterprise Ireland spends millions of taxpayers’ money investing in companies it believes could be significant contributors to the economy(...)

New Innovator: Glanola

Electrical engineer, Greg Moore, first had the idea for a smart way to clean beverage dispensing lines eight years ago. Since then he has steadily wor(...)

DabbledooMusic founders Killian Redmond and Shane McKenna. Potential crowdfunding investors “just want to see if it’s a good idea or not”, says McKenna.

A number of Irish tech start-ups have turned to crowdfunding websites over the past year to raise funds from €1,200 to €100,000 as the draw of publici(...)

Louise Caldwell of Eventmama is one  of the 15 latest recipients of a Competitive Start Fund  grant.

Enterprise Ireland is to host a new accelerator programme, JumpStart, to run in conjunction with its Competitive Start Fund call this month. The Compe(...)

Peter Tanham: SparkPage formed with “a small amount of money and a very large amount of time”.
New Innovator SparkPage

While Peter Tanham and Garrett Reynolds were keen to launch SparkPage – a new service to help companies develop quality mobile sites – they had to hol(...)

Rebecca Wall, a researcher with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, with Dr Catherine Stanton: “Teagasc has a very big collection of bacteria cultures,” says Dr Stanton

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Ireland with approximately 10,000 people dying from it each year, according to the Irish Heart Foundation(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: “Boots on the ground in foreign markets are absolutely crucial to building our export base so I think we’ve to make good decisions in the make-up of our budget.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has moved to boost Irish exports into the high-growth “Brics” markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa with a big incr(...)

Adam Coleman, chief executive of Interventions HR consultancy

There are certain businesses where doing your job well means making yourself surplus to requirements and thus cutting off your income stream. This was(...)

Pamela Jeffrey (centre), founder of the Women’s Executive Network, with some of the recent award-winners in the Ireland’s Most Powerful Women awards announced last month by the network and HSBC Ireland. “As a nation, we need to change our attitude towards women in business and take radical steps to encourage and support start-ups. We need to break down the barriers to success.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is acknowledged as a world leader in attracting foreign direct investment. No country can match what we have achieved over many decades. Some (...)

 Arun Kapil (centre) of Green Saffron, Marc Amand of La Rousse Foods Ireland and Jenny Melia, manager of food and beverages  at Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Irish spice company Green Saffron has secured investment worth €500,000 to expand into new markets including the UK, mainland Europe, the US and India(...)

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