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.
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.
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.”
The first European Business Angels Investment Forum was held at the Shangri-La Bosphorus, Hayrettin İskelesi Sk İstanbul,Turkey in December. It was organised by EBAN, Business Angels Association - Turkey (TBAA), Borsa İstanbul, and Forbes I Para Conferences.
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