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Organise GMIT New Frontiers One 2 Ones with Phase 1 Participants

Doodle Banner New frontiers 1 to 1s with Donncha Hughes

As part of the New Frontiers Phase 1 programme in GMIT iHubs, Donncha will meet participants for a One 2 One session to review their draft applications prior to final application on May 17th, 2018 All participants who wish to avail of a slot are required to send a Lean Canvas and a draft of […]

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Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise

Start a Social Enterprise Ballybane Feb March 2016

As I explained in this LinkedIn Pulse article entitled “Inspiring: Social Enterprise in Galway 2016”, I am involved in delivering a new ‘Start a Social Enterprise’ programme on behalf of SCCUL Enterprises and Galway City Partnership – first quarter of 2016 . Workshop 2 addressed business planning. Before the programme commenced, I was wondering whether […]

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About The Startup Business Planning Jigsaw

Introducing the Business Planning Jigsaw

Managing a startup business is NOT easy. Startup entrepreneurs have lots of balls in the air. Lean Startup books, theory and practice are brilliant but the question is which model or framework do you follow and when – and are they all relevant to an Irish startup situation? To address this dilemma Donncha devised the […]

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How to present data in a visual format?

Bullet graph

Bullet charts are a superb data visualisation tool – if you want to present results of a metric such as Sales across two periods e.g. this year versus last year (or against this year’s target) in  for instance a business plan update. The advantage is that they allow presentation of comparative information while also presenting […]

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Drop the ‘Lean Startup’ buzzwords please. Promoters, show me the results!

Lean Startup Buzzwords

I am proud to be an advocate of the Lean Startup movement. I have worked with lots of startups to firstly explain the principles and secondly to use the tools. Why – because when I read The Lean Startup, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development, particularly Running Lean and most recently The Lean Entrepreneur, the […]

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What Enterprise Ireland are looking for in a New Frontiers Phase 2 Application in 2018?

Banner for New Frontiers Blogpost 2

Are you participating on one of the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Phase 1 programmes being delivered by the Incubation Centres in the Institutes of Technology in Ireland? If yes, you may have started completing your Phase 2 application. As a trainer on the programmes in DKIT, IT Sligo and GMIT, I would like to share […]

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