Enterprise Ireland is hoping its new feasibility fund will help Irish female entrepeneurs emulate the success of others, such as Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

Enterprise Ireland is hoping to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs through its(...)

Conor Daly

Move over New Zealand Manuka honey. A group of enterprising businessmen and beekeepers in Donegal are about to launch an Irish equivalent under the Ac(...)

Daithí O’Connor and Pat McDonagh: health venture

Businessman Pat McDonagh, who owns the Supermac’s fast food chain, has acquired a 10 per cent stake in the Galway Natural Health Sales Company Ltd, wh(...)

A high quality innovation and research programme will be vital to Ireland’s recovery.

In recent weeks the quality of research performed in Irish universities and in particular the attitude of businesses to such research has been call(...)

Joe Aherne: “Our strategy was to align with universities and large organisations to give us a competitive edge.” Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

It was a perfect storm of a maturing market and the economic downturn that persuaded Joe Aherne, chief executive of Leading Edge Group, to change tack(...)

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(...)

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