We recently came across this infographic which was put together by the guys at Text Republic towards the end of last year and which summarises the vast number of events taking place in the Irish Start Up Universe over the course of the year. While a lot of these events have taken place already, preparations will already be under way for 2015 or a lot of events are ongoing and can be joined at any time. A complete list of the website details are also included below the infographic.
Ulster Bank is calling on SMEs across the island of Ireland to enter this year's Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. Run in association with InterTradeIreland, the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland and SmallBusinessCan.com, the awards are now open for entry at BusinessAchieversAward.com. Entries are open to businesses across all sectors. There are eight categories in total and businesses can enter a maximum of two of these categories choosing the ones that best match their business description.
Ireland's brightest sparks are invited to compete for the 2014 ESB Spark of Genius Award at this year's Web Summit with a prize fund of over â¬25,000. Marguerite Sayers, Generation Manager, ESB joined Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of Web Summit to announce details of this much coveted award, now in its 4th year. The ESB Spark of Genius award focuses on high potential technology start-ups and is open to any Irish start-up which has been in operation for less than 3 years and has received under â¬1 million in funding to date. Entrants will be judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their level of development thus far, and their potential for future growth.
The recovery in the Irish economy has gained pace as evidenced by the big increase in professional jobs on offer according to the Morgan McKinley Irish Employment Monitor for July 2014. The Monitor recorded a 21% increase in the number of vacancies in July 2014 compared to the same month last year according to Morgan McKinley Ireland Chief Operations Officer, Karen O'Flaherty.
The deadline for this year's Digital Boost initiative from eircom Business Solutions has been extended from 31st March to 30th April. This is the second and final round for the incredibly popular programme, which provides support for Irish SMEs to enhance their online presence. €100,000 funding remains available to share between the winners, part of the €250,000 seed fund designed to offer tangible assistance to the SME community in four key areas: business mobility; digital training; sales and marketing; and business productivity.