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  • The hard facts of survival for start-ups - Digital Times | Digital Times
    job creation was not a metric that should be used to judge the success of accelerators and incubators The walking dead According to the research the main criteria for acceptance to a programme is high market potential 90 closely followed by the anticipated scale of the project and team experience Once in a programme however start ups need to think quickly about sales and sending out invoices Many start ups get into the trap of surviving on funding rather than chasing sales As one of the ten managers put it There are plenty of walking dead out there My concern is a lot of them are getting grants which I think is worrying because potentially the grant pool is being used up by the wrong companies Another accelerator programme manager talked about the importance of recognising failure quickly and moving on It would be great if we had more entrepreneurs that could say here are two or three examples of things that haven t worked for me this is why I put it down when I did It would be enormously helpful if entrepreneurs were able to talk about failure more publicly No space The shortage of space for start ups in accelerators and incubators was also highlighted by the report Most of the co working spaces are full or can t accommodate those companies that grow to above 10 people said one manager Cash flow And the raw reality in terms of banking support remains the same for start ups as it does for any company of any size How do banks interact with small nascent companies who do not have the credit history that other companies have asked one incubator manager Seems to me that the same rules apply to start ups as apply to SMEs as apply

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/irish-start-ups-must-face-the-hard-facts-of-survival/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Shine on you €30k legal diamond - NDRC winner announced - Digital Times | Digital Times
    ups suitable for investment fueled growth The analytics start up Legalshine has won the top prize of 30 000 at the ninth NDRC LaunchPad programme Legalshine has developed software for large organisations to control their legal costs Governments banks insurance companies and multinationals are the start up s target clients Following this LaunchPad nine new digital businesses were created The start ups have just completed the intensive three month NDRC LaunchPad programme with each receiving up to 20 000 in pre seed investment Related posts Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to NDRC LaunchPad open day 10 start ups wanted for NDRC LaunchPad 10 New Female Founders programme at NDRC Six science led startups begin NDRC s VentureLab Launchpad Legalshine NDRC Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to our feed Search DT Articles Stephen Conmy editor of Digital Times is now editor of ThinkBusiness ie Go to ThinkBusiness ie for your business needs News feed Top stories in your inbox

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/shine-on-you-legal-diamond-ndrc-winner-announced/ (2016-02-11)
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  • New Female Founders programme at NDRC - Digital Times | Digital Times
    address the imbalance Now the NDRC has announced a new female founders start up initiative in partnership with AIB and Enterprise Ireland Women with high tech business start up ideas should apply for the programme by 2nd July Drop in sessions are scheduled for people interested in the programme each Wednesday from 28th May until 2nd July 2014 Book you place at them by contacting the NDRC and you can read more here Female tech founders The Female Founders programme at NDRC is particularly relevant to women who have deep knowledge of their relevant sector or who have potentially disruptive ideas for new technology focused businesses says the NDRC Related posts Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to NDRC LaunchPad open day DCU Ryan Academy launches women only accelerator programme FinTech new programme for financial services startups 10 start ups wanted for NDRC LaunchPad 10 Female Founders programme at NDRC Emma Read more by Emma Follow Emma on Follow Emma on twitter Follow Emma on facebook Follow Emma on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to our feed Search DT Articles Stephen Conmy editor of Digital Times is now editor of ThinkBusiness ie Go

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/new-female-founders-programme-at-ndrc/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Interview: Findersfee - in search of the best deal - Digital Times | Digital Times
    delivery for 319 That s a massive saving and the big Dublin retailer was on page one of the Google search while the little pharmacy was on page seven Details are good You don t have to register to use Findersfee You just enter the details of the product you want to buy The more details on the product the customer can give us the better If they send us a link to the product even better says Coogan We will split the savings with the customer That s our business model so it really incentivises us to find the best price for the customer The worst case scenario for our customers is that they send us a price that can t be beaten The usual case is that we will find them a better price and they will save money Unusual requests Findersfee also gets some unusual searches One person wanted 40 wicker hearts for her wedding Another lady wanted a helicopter flight around the Grand Canyon We get some unusual requests but as I said a lot of the time it s for specific items like laptops cameras bikes car parts things that are expensive one off purchases Helping the little guy Having spent time traveling around the globe Stephen Slyman noticed a huge disparity in prices between different countries It s not just prices it s also about what people need for their individual use For example people often buy laptops that have too many features features they don t need People can ring us up or email us and we can advise them on the type of product that will suit them as well as giving them the best price Findersfee will also search for hard to find products for their customers There are niche sectors like the props market within the film industry We can find vintage items for film sets for example but we are more than that We are not just delivering value to customers we are generating custom for retailers who don t have big SEO budgets and can t afford to be on the first page of a Google search Even if they are on page nine of a Google search we will find them once they offer the best price on an item says Coogan Car parts is an area that shows huge disparity in pricing and service levels People are getting ripped off everyday We had a customer recently whose Volvo needed a new light bulb The Volvo garage wanted 550 to sell and install these new HDE bulbs I knew it wasn t a right price So I got them for 20 delivered to the customer and they were easy to install says Slyman Virtual help is becoming the norm Services like Findersfee are verticals within the ever growing virtual concierge market which has taken the U S by storm in recent years Get Friday is an example of how the virtual assistant business is evolving The founders

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/interview-findersfee-in-search-of-the-best-deal/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Mastercard brings start-up accelerator to Dublin - Digital Times | Digital Times
    and Capital One The idea is simple you can apply to Start Path and if Mastercard and its partners think you show potential they may give you a place on the programme Your start up however must be commerce focused We are giving these start ups direct access to our extensive knowledge and experience to help them uncover new ideas and ultimately create better experiences for consumers merchants and other partners says Stephane Wyper Start Path global lead at MasterCard Start ups can apply for the opportunity to participate in this accelerator program until May 16 Visit www startpath com accelerator StartPath Infographic1 Related posts DCU student start ups join Silicon Valley accelerator programme DCU Ryan Academy launches women only accelerator programme Over half of Seedcamp s 20 finalists are Irish start ups Digital Hub to expand Dublin campus as demand for start up space grows Dublin mastercard Start Path start ups Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/mastercard-brings-e-commerce-focused-accelerator-to-dublin/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Six science-led startups begin NDRC’s VentureLab - Digital Times | Digital Times
    an intensive development programme where each new business receive investment of up to 100 000 NDRC VentureLab is for technology intensive startups in healthcare e commerce energy efficiency functional foods carbon reduction and image recognition The startups include DIGIFEYE This start up has developed an advanced image recognition technology which turns digital imagery into online in store content If a shopper likes they style of something they see online or takes a picture of something they see out and about the system creates that look for them while merchandising easily buyable products EndoDex This start up has invented an automated system which monitors and improves the quality of colonoscopy procedures It includes computing software and hardware elements as well as a disposable medical device Exergyn This start up is developing technology with the potential to significantly reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions across multiple industries worldwide It converts low grade waste heat into power and is particularly suited to industrial waste heat applications Low Carbon Technology LCT Ltd has developed a battery management technology which can make all forms of battery from Lead Acid to Lithium work better Related posts FinTech new programme for financial services startups Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to NDRC LaunchPad open day Startup Xpreso wins 30k NDRC Lift Off competition UCD start ups benefit from early stage funding Ireland NDRC science start ups Universities Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to our feed Search DT Articles Stephen Conmy editor of Digital Times is now editor of ThinkBusiness ie Go to ThinkBusiness ie for your

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/six-science-led-startups-begin-ndrcs-venturelab/ (2016-02-11)
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  • AIB launches Start-up Academy with The Irish Times - Digital Times | Digital Times
    from all backgrounds can apply to pitch at a variety of start up nights that will be held nationwide Familiar faces at these meet ups will include Sean O Sullivan SOS Ventures John Teeling from Teeling Distillery and Elaine O Hora founder of Munchies Bobby Kerr was at the launch event on April 3rd Later in the year participants at the start up nights can enter to win places on the AIB Start up Academy programme which will begin in early 2015 There is no investment money on offer just support in the form of mentoring and coaching Go here for more details Related posts DCU Ryan Academy launches women only accelerator programme Dell launches 10 million fund for Irish tech start ups Does Ireland deserve the title tech capital of Europe UCD opens Shackleton Lounge for students of the Innovation Academy AIB Start up Academy irish times start ups Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/aib-launches-start-up-academy-with-irish-times/ (2016-02-11)
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  • FIXIY.ie aims to be the AA for tech gadget repairs - Digital Times | Digital Times
    brainchild of Dublin born entrepreneur Shane Fay The company s new Mobile FIXIY Tech service says it can come to your home or office and repair most broken devices within 30 minutes More interestingly the company is offering a franchise programme that teaches participants how to repair technology devices and effectively start their own FIXIY repair business for their area The FIXIY franchise FIXIY is currently recruiting for technicians across the country to expand its service network The idea is that people can become their local expert on iPhone Galaxy iPod iPad PC and MacBook repairs The business in a box model allows participants to start earning money and provides full training ongoing support and a customised marketing plan that enables them to maximise the return on their investment FIXIY franchises cost 1 000 with a monthly support fee of 120 The franchise programme is all about empowering people to start their own business and become the go to tech repair person in their local area says Fay The programme is ideally suited to anyone who is looking to start their own business generate extra income or anyone currently unemployed with a background in repair engineering tradesmen or customer support Once somebody is mechanically minded good with people and motivated we can teach them With over two million smartphones 1 2 million tablets and over a million computers in Ireland the potential for FIXIY franchisees is evident More details can be found on www fixiy ie Related posts Women in tech aims to highlight leading women in ICT Dell launches 10 million fund for Irish tech start ups Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to NDRC LaunchPad open day An island of iPads and followers FIXY ie franchise gadgets Ireland repairs start ups tech Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/fixiy-ie-aims-to-be-the-aa-for-tech-gadget-repairs/ (2016-02-11)
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