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Organise GMIT New Frontiers One 2 Ones with Phase 1 Participants

GMIT iHubs New Frontiers Galway

As part of the New Frontiers Phase 1 programme in GMIT iHubs, Donncha will virtually meet participants for a One 2 One session to review their draft applications prior to final application on August 6th, 2020 New Frontiers Phase 2 Application – One 2 One As discussed at our workshop on Friday 19th June, there […]

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What Enterprise Ireland are looking for in a New Frontiers Phase 2 Application in 2020?

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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 … click here to download . As a trainer over the years on the programmes in […]

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

Inc60 Blog Banner Donncha Hughes

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 […]

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Business Model Canvas for Social Enterprise

Start a Social Enterprise Ballybane Feb March 2016

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 […]

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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?

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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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