Organise GMIT New Frontiers One 2 Ones with Phase 1 Participants
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Organise GMIT New Frontiers One 2 Ones with Phase 1 Participants

As part of the New Frontiers Phase 1 programme in GMIT iHubs, Donncha Hughes, an independent business advisor will virtually meet participants for a One 2 One session to review their draft applications prior to the final Phase 2 application submission on August 6th, 2021  New Frontiers Phase 2 Application – One 2 One As…

What ‘grants’ and other supports apply to my startup business? (Covid-19 update)
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What ‘grants’ and other supports apply to my startup business? (Covid-19 update)

If you have ever wondered what supports that you and your startup business could and should apply for, read on:

This blogpost and the accompanying presentation will categorise the supports depending on the stage of development of your startup company: pre-enterprise; early stage; and established startup

Writing Business Plan Executive Summary – format, example and guidance
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Writing Business Plan Executive Summary – format, example and guidance

I write business plans for some startup and SME clients. I review business plans for Enterprise Agencies. I also provide training on business plans. A question I am often asked is, ‘what content goes into a business plan’, with the follow up being, ‘how much information should be included in an Executive Summary‘. Most people…

What Enterprise Ireland are looking for in a New Frontiers Phase 2 Application in 2021?
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What Enterprise Ireland are looking for in a New Frontiers Phase 2 Application in 2021?

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 form (download pdf) As a trainer over the years on the programmes in WIT, IT Sligo &…

Early Stage Startups – My Inc60 Podcast – From Idea to a Business
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Early Stage Startups – My Inc60 Podcast – From Idea to a Business

I recently met with Clare Carroll of Inc60 to record a podcast about the pre-startup and early stage business journey. The Lean Canvas as outlined in the book Running Lean is an ideal tool at this stage. The 30-minute podcast also discusses Sales, Mentoring, building your Team and supports for business. Thanks to Maria Staunton…

Congrats to Galway’s next wave of Super Food and Drink Entrepreneurs
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Congrats to Galway’s next wave of Super Food and Drink Entrepreneurs

I recently attended the Galway Chamber Business Awards. Pat McDonagh, Founder of Supermacs delivered a fantastic speech in accepting the Special Presidents Award for his contribution to business in Galway. The performance of Supermacs, Ireland’s largest indigenous quick service restaurant chain, is amazing: Over 100 outlets across country and employs over 2,700 people. Annual commitment…

Galway’s Startup Scene : 2017 Snapshot
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Galway’s Startup Scene : 2017 Snapshot

  In late 2016, Startupblink contacted me to write a ‘Startup Ecosystem article‘ on Galway to feature on their global website. I agreed and enlisted the assistance of John Breslin, NUIG, PorterShed and Startup Galway; and Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland West Region. [button link=”http://www.startupblink.com/blog/galway-startup-ecosystem/” target=”_blank” color=”green” shape=”rounded” size=”large” align=”center”]Read Galway’s Ecosystem report[/button] The brief was…

Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise
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Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise

The Business Model Canvas is a well-recognised tool for business planning for both Startups and established businesses. This article discusses the tool with specific reference to Social Enterprise citing examples of Irish businesses for each of the nine building blocks. BMC for Social Enterprise As I explained in this LinkedIn Pulse article entitled “Inspiring: Social…

Articles about CSF for InspiredStartups.com
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Articles about CSF for InspiredStartups.com

I recently wrote two blog post articles for InspiredStartups.com with advice for startup promoters in terms of completing their application for Enterprise Ireland’s CSF. This short article outlines the key themes addressed by each post. What is the Competitive Start Fund? The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) is undoubtedly a significant component of Enterprise Ireland’s suite…

Ten things we probably knew and were reminded of during Startup Gathering Galway 2015
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Ten things we probably knew and were reminded of during Startup Gathering Galway 2015

Last Friday (9th October 2015) was spent meeting new business acquaintances and talking to almost every startup promoter and supporter that I know in Galway. I attended 6 events throughout the entire day from 8AM till 9PM. Here are ten things (as recorded on Twitter) that I probably knew already but was reminded of:  …

[Book Review] Disciplined Entrepreneurship : 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet (2013)
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[Book Review] Disciplined Entrepreneurship : 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet (2013)

I have just finished reading Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet, Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Published in 2013, it is a superb book (Book available in Ireland via Easons). This review does not seek to summarise the book – for that I suggest you read this excellent post ‘A book in 5…

Please support MediStori’s Crowdfunding Campaign
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Please support MediStori’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Today, I made a modest financial contribution as part of a Crowdfunding campaign to MediStori and I would ask everyone who reads this to seriously consider supporting this campaign – by making a contribution directly or telling someone else who would benefit from the product. The promoter is looking to raise €50,000 in the next…

How to build a business from your skills, domain knowledge and life experience?
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How to build a business from your skills, domain knowledge and life experience?

I recently wrote a blogpost for Tweak Your Biz discussing my answer to ‘What do you think of my business idea?’ To summarise, I always respond that it is your customers (and the market) that are the final arbitrator of whether you have a business. This blogpost is a follow up which asks, how do…