Seedcorn Competition launches with €280k cash prize up for grabs!

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition mirrors the real life investment process and can greatly improve your ability to attract investment for your business by helping you and your business become investor ready. The competition is aimed at early and new start companies that have a new equity funding requirement and has a total cash prize fund of €280,000.

Crowdfunding set to explode in US

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way for startups to raise funds across the globe, however, regulation has not yet caught up with this trend. David Drake’s following article published by the Huffington Post dissects the newly approved Regulation A+ in the U.S. and forecasts its positive impact on the Crowdfunding landscape for startups.

Competitive Start Fund Call Now Open

Enterprise Ireland today have launched two calls for applications to the Competitive Start Fund (Graduate Entrepreneurship &  All Sectors). Applications can be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system until 3pm on 15th April, 2015.

Three Successful Exits In One Week How One Angel Did It

Can you imagine having three successful exits in a week? It happened to Dušan Stojanovic and this is a story worth dissecting.  He is founder and director of True Global Ventures and was named EBAN’s European Angel of the Year 2013, in part because of those exits in 2012. What can angels learn from Stojanovic’s strategies? One fact is without controversy: he adheres religiously to a strict investing plan.

UniWinks founder is youngest female entrepreneur to graduate from EIs HPSU 2014

The CEO and founder of Uniwink, Sarah Dineen (23), was the youngest female entrepreneur to graduate from Enterprise Irelands High Potential Start-Ups Class of 2014. As reported by the Irish Times, The Journal and Silicon Republic, a total of 43 new female-led start-ups were supported by Enterprise Ireland last year, the highest number yet. According to Enterprise Ireland, as many as 1,500 new jobs are expected to be created by start-ups over the next 3 years.

The Early bird catches the discount EBAN 2015 Eindhoven

Dear Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Early Stage Investment Community,

Startup gathering to launch Ireland forward

The Startup Gathering was launched this month by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash TD.

14th Annual InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference

Venture capital funding to SMEs rose over 40% to €401m last year, the highest level seen for 10 years and 22 VC funds and Business Angel networks attending the conference.

Halo NIs FarmWizard Nets Investment from Duke’s Company

Belfast software company FarmWizard has been bought over by the global Grosvenor Estate, in a deal which will see the local company expand its presence and workforce here. Wheatsheaf Investments, part of the Grosvenor Estate led by the Duke of Westminster, has acquired a majority stake in the leading web-based livestock management business- the first ever buy out of a company invested in by business angels from Halo, the NI business angel network.

Early Stage Investors Are Angels, Not Sharks

This month Marianne Hudson, angel investor and Angel Capital Association (ACA) Executive Director published a great article about early stage investors being angels as opposed to sharks and dragons, as is sometimes portrayed on TV.  Shark Tank is an American reality competition television series based on the international Dragons' Den format and Hudson says “I am glad Shark Tank exists because the show has really helped lots of people understand and get excited about early-stage investing and being an entrepreneur.”