Startup Digest


January 17, 2018

Hello Galway Startups - Belated Happy New Year!

Congratulations firstly to all participants on the Empower Start Programme managed by Maria Staunton of GMIT iHubs which concluded yesterday 17th January. Congrats to Michelle Malone of @Shellys_Fitness on winning the Pitching Competition. The West Regional IBYE Awards also took place yesterday. Congrats to Daniel Loftus @UrbanFoxTweets and John M Nicholas of Inspire Tile and Stone and Dr Brendan Boland of @lociortho

Notable Dates:

1 )The first  Competitive Start Fund (CSF) of the year will open to all sectors for applications on Tuesday 23rd January, 2018. The €750,000 fund will provide up to €50,000 in equity funding for up to 15 successful applicants. The fund closes to applications at 3pm on Tuesday, 6th February 2018.

2) Applications for the Standard Innovation Voucher opened on Wednesday 17th January with a closing date of Wednesday 31st January 2018 at  3pm. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider  i.e. developing a new product, service or process; or improving an existing product, service or process

Finally, if anyone is interested in going to the Lean Agile Ireland Conference taking place in the Croke Park Hotel, Dublin in April, early bird tickets are still available. Use code 15OFFALI18 for 15% off any ticket. Early bird tickets are also available until 31st January for the annual InterTrade Ireland's Venture Capital Conference which takes place in Belfast on March 7th.

Best wishes
Donncha & Graham

p.s I think Seth Godin is brilliant. Here are his views on what constitutes an entrepreneur. Do you agree?

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TUE 23

eCommerce Strategies for bricks and mortar retailers 2018 (Free)

January 23rd 7:30am

Ingenuity has worked with retailers in Ireland, UK and USA and have brought Irish retailers to the UK and USA markets with huge success. One store alone has gone from zero to 1.2m within 18 months. In this presentation Ingenuity will concentrate on how Galway retailers and brand owners can grow their businesses through ecommerce.

Galway Chamber, Commerce House, Merchants Road, Galway | View in Calendar

Upcoming Events:

TUE 23

Innovation Voucher Clinic:Medical & Engineering Technologies Gateway GMIT Castlebar (Free)

January 23rd 9:00am

GMIT Castlebar, Westport Road, Castlebar

TUE 23

Office Hours with Georgina Kearney, Sustained Growth @ WorkBench (Free)

January 23rd 2:00pm

Bank of Ireland WorkBench, 19 Eyre Square, Galway

WED 31

Biz Fit for Business (€7)

January 31st 6:30pm

Merriman Hotel, Kinvarra

WED 07

Venture Capital Conference - InterTrade Ireland (Various)

March 7th 9:00am

Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast 117 Milltown Rd, Shaws Bridge Belfast

THU 26

Agile-Lean Ireland 2018 Conference (Various)

April 26th 8:00am

Croke Park Hotel

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