News Archive: 2014

Apply for ‘Going for Growth’ today! Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - A call out was made this week for suitable candidates for a new cycle of Going for Growth.  Going for Growth is open to women entrepreneurs, across all sectors, whose main business is located in the Republic of Ireland. Whatever the size of the business at present, the application will...
The ‘Visegrad4 Startups in Ireland’ event Friday, November 24, 2017 - On Thursday November 23rd, along with the Ambassadors of Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and the Slovak Republic we hosted the ‘Visegrad4 Startups in Ireland’ event here in the GEC.  The Visegrad Group (or V4) is the cultural and political alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and...
The GEC’s inaugral Prosper Kerry event Friday, November 10, 2017 - The GEC launched the inaugural ‘Prosper Series’ event at our Enterprise Centre in Dublin 8, in the heart of the Liberties on November 9th. The Prosper Series was developed by The GEC to create a network among a counties business diaspora to enhance the prosperity in a county through co-operation,...
Hilary Hall, the GEC’s Golf Pro… Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - The GEC Golf Commitee wishing GEC Client Hilary Hall of Research & Markets the very best of luck as she competes in the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship in Texas this weekend   
GEC’s belated Halloween event… Friday, November 3, 2017 - Thanks to all who attended out spooktacular Halloween event on November 3rd. Congratulations to the following clients for winning ‘Best Effort’ in our fancy dress costume:  Antonio from Wattics Conn from Elephants don’t forget  Sebastian from Hosting Power  Food was supplied by Byron & the GEC Cafe Team and the...
Visiting Delegations to The GEC… Friday, October 20, 2017 - They come from far & near to find out just exactly why The GEC is THE #BestPlaceToGrow 🙂 Durham University  Ankara Development Agency, Turkey  Pulsar VC, Russia  Advantage Austria Turkish Delegation via IDI  Anne Sophie from Le Wagon, France  Martina Pock, an Austrian journalist working for Wiener Zeitung UKM in...
Let’s Get Innovative Friday, October 13, 2017 - Over 160 Female-Led Start-ups applied to the Female Entrepreneurs Competitive Start Fund (CSF) to with €50,000 in equity funding and to be selected for the Enterprise Ireland ‘Innovate’ Programme which is delivered by the GEC’s management company, Dublin BIC. The aim of the Innovate Programme, an accelerator for female-led start-ups, is...
Diageo announces plans for world class urban quarter at St James Gate Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - ‘We are opening the gates to welcome doers and dreamers to share our home’ Wednesday 4 October 2017:  Diageo has today announced ambitious plans to transform 12.6 acres at its iconic St. James’s Gate site to create one of the most dynamic urban quarters in Ireland and Europe, at the...
Des Burke of Hole More Putts takes the winning title at the last GEC Golf Event of the year Monday, October 2, 2017 - Congratulations to all GEC Golf Society members who took part in what seems to have been a very blustery outing to Portmarnock Links Golf Club on Friday last, September 29th ☺ GEC Client Des Burke of Hole More Putts took first place just ahead of Vu2Vu’s Trevor and John from Golf...
GEC Client, the Freebird Club soars to new heights… Friday, September 22, 2017 - “We are not just about places, we’re about people” The Irish-based Freebird Club beat off stiff competition from 308 entries from 31 countries to win the final of the 2017 European Social Innovation Tournament in Riga, Latvia, last night. The awards, which recognise innovative projects creating social value and combating...
Have you entered the IBYE Competition yet? Friday, September 15, 2017 -   In your work or personal life, have you come across a young entrepreneur, aged under 35, with a great business idea, start-up or established business? If so, why not encourage them to enter Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur? The competition offers young entrepreneurs access to expert mentoring, business advice, PR...
Are you interested in joining a ‘Technical Book Club’ here at The GEC? Thursday, September 7, 2017 - GEC Client Conor from Robust Perception is setting up a weekly ‘Technical Book Club’ here at the GEC where each week the group would have to read a chapter or two of the chosen book for that particular period. The group would be aimed at people working as software developers, testers, or any IT...
August’s Horgan PR Golf Classic! Monday, August 14, 2017 - August took the GEC Golf Society to the Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham for the Horgan PR Classic.  Conor Horgan took 1st prize on the day (no, it wasn’t a fix!) with Des Burke coming in 2nd and Eoin O’Herlihy 3rd.     Fancy joining them on their last outing...
Check out the latest members of the GEC Community… Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Here’s a list of clients we’ve welcomed through GEC Corridors in recent months… Wattics – www.wattics.com We provide energy analysis software as a service that changes the way utilities and energy managers engage with business energy consumers and save them money on these energy bills. ISAX –  www.isax.ie An Irish...
Events at The GEC this August… Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - * Please note that the Salesforce event on August 16th has been postponed  More information can be found on our events calendar here
Applications now open for GEC Client ISAX’s Smart Ageing Innovation Awards 2017 in association with Bank of Ireland Friday, July 21, 2017 - Rewarding innovative businesses that address the challenges and opportunities of longevity ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) has launched the first Smart Ageing Innovation Awards in association with Bank of Ireland. The 2017 Smart Ageing Innovation Awards will recognise and celebrate companies with innovative products, technologies or services across multiple sectors...
Jobs & Opportunities at The GEC – July 2017 Friday, June 30, 2017 - Company: EI Travel  Role: Accounts Payable  Contact: Laura – laura@extremeireland.ie Website: www.eitravel.ie An opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated accounts payable individual to join an innovative, young company at the forefront of Irish tourism. The right candidate will have the unique opportunity to work with a diverse range of businesses within the group including;...
Meet the Entrepreneur: Jenny from Edge Only Friday, June 30, 2017 - Edge Only is a luxury jewellery with an edge, ethically made in Ireland. Their range includes solid gold and sterling silver jewellery in ‘edgy’ designs for men & women They’re two years old and Jenny Huston started this as an online business but are now in retail in the UK...
Are you coming along to this year’s Liberties Festival? Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - The Liberties Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest and longest running festivals. From modest beginnings in 1969 to snagging Festival of the year at the LAMA national community and council awards 2016. For many the Liberties Festival has become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of...
GEC Golf Society’s second outing of the year Saturday, June 24, 2017 - June’s event took place in Powerscourt Golf Club on the 23rd with thanks to Research and Markets. They didn’t have the glorious sunshine of days previous but it remained dry.  Special word of thanks to our impromptu photographers on the day: Trevor from Vu2Vu, Liam from Parking Motel and Conor...
Irish director and GEC Client Ian Hunt Duffy of Fail Safe Films wins Young Director Award in Cannes Friday, June 23, 2017 - GEC resident Ian Hunt Duffy from Fail Safe Films has won Gold in the Short Film category at this year’s Young Director Awards in Cannes for his short film ‘Gridlock‘. The prestigious Young Director Awards has been seeking out and supporting international creative talent in commercial film production since 1998, and...
The GEC Summer BBQ…Oktoberfest style! Monday, June 19, 2017 - Thank you to all 240 of you for coming along last Friday to our GEC Summer BBQ (Oktoberfest style!) and for making it such a success! ☺ Please see the following link for some photos and a special thanks in particular to the following… Teelings Whiskey for providing the cocktails...
Introducing the GEC…infographic style! Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Take a look at our new promotional video here Special thanks to Colin from I Eat Design for creating it – we personaly think it’s great! 🙂
The Liberties: Live. Work. Visit. Invest. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - #LoveTheLiberties 
Why you should apply for Google’s ‘Adopt a Startup’ programme according to GEC Client Campsited Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Info on the programme The Google Adopt A Start Up is a programme dedicated to accelerating the growth of Irish start ups. The programme provides skill based mentoring to high-potential early stage Irish companies, helping them structure for scale. Every company receives 12 weeks intensive hands-on mentoring from Google experts,...
Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition Monday, May 29, 2017 - Please see below details of the Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition from the NDRC. Applications should be made online via the NDRC website. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 13th of June at noon. Applicants should be under the age of 35 years and at pre-investment stage. Please contact Helen in the...
GEC Golf Society’s first outing of the year Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Our Golf Society took to Old Conna Golf Club in Bray last Friday for the first GEC Golf Society outing of 2017.  Thanks again to GEC Client’s Scorebuddy for sponsoring the day This year’s tournament has well & truly begun and the results are in… Team Prize: Kevin Burke/ Robert/ Adrian (Benetel) Singles 1: Barry...
Have you booked your ticket for July’s Inspirefest yet? Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - Inspirefest 2017 is happening 6-8 July in the the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and, on Friday 7 July, Astia investors will be hosting a special one-off Entrepreneur Showcase. The showcase is an exciting opportunity for three lucky investor-ready high-growth start-ups to access capital, make valuable funding connections and provides a...
GEC go Hiking! Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - GEC Staff & Clients put their hiking boots on last Sunday, braved the showers and took to the Wicklow Hills for a day in the great outdoors! Jeremy from Extreme Ireland was our Guide and the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Here’s to the next outing! 🙂    
Visiting Delegations to The GEC… Monday, May 15, 2017 - They come from far & near to find out just exactly why The GEC is THE #BestPlaceToGrow 🙂 Forham University University of South Dakota  Vocational College of Luenen/Germany Shanghai University   Delegation from the Dublin Business School  IE Madrid Florida based Adventist Health System Kim Piitala Christofte, former Danish professional...
The GEC Golf Society Monday, May 15, 2017 - The GEC Golf Society has been up and running for a number of years but they’re always seeking new members. Open to all standards and with no fee to join (sponsored by the GEC) – why not make it your new networking initiative for 2017?  Reckon you could be the next...
Call from GEC Client Fluidedge for Participants for the Liberty Bell Dublin Trials Friday, May 12, 2017 - Calling all Cyclists! Cars parked in cycle lanes on your way home? No secure racks near local shops to up lock your bike? Potholes and uneven roads? A junction that feels too dangerous during rush hour? Never got around to lodging a report to address these issues? Liberty Bell, is a survey...
No need to Ideate in Isolation! Monday, May 8, 2017 - Are you someone who has a business idea that excites you but not sure if it would work? Would you like to start a business in the ‘smart ageing ‘ space? ie: develop a product/service/technology that is geared at older consumers or businesses that sell to them? If so,  then the ISAX...
JNB Music are pleased to announce that they have been selected to attend Menorca Millennials Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - GEC Client JNB Music are pleased to announce that they have been selected out of 400 companies that applied, to attend Menorca Millennials, the world’s first start-up decelerator. Just like Airbnb changed the way you book a hotel room, JNB Music will change the way you interact with, listen to and enjoy music...
Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs Open Evening – May 8th in the GEC @ 6pm Friday, April 28, 2017 - Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3rd May and closes at 3pm on Wednesday 17th May. Equity funding of €50,000 is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage, female-led start-up companies. Last year, one in three...
Enterprise Ireland announces €750,000 in start-up funding for Female Entrepreneurs Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3rd May. Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies. Last year, one in three companies who received CSF investment from Enterprise Ireland...
Green Alley Awards 2017 Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Have you an idea relating to the topic of resource management, circular economy, recycling or the handling of chemicals? Green Alley and its partners Seedmatch, Bethnal Green Ventures, the European Recycling Platform Finland as well as this year, H2 Compliance and R2PI, a Horizon 2020 Project, are looking for innovative...
Your Culture, Your History, Your Story Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a new neighbourhood initiative taking place for the first time this Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017. The weekend will see a series of special events and activities taking place in the historical and cultural landmarks of Richmond Barracks, Goldenbridge Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol,...
Award-winning Irish start-up and GEC Client “The Freebird Club” aims to disrupt the ageing paradigm Friday, April 7, 2017 - When one of the most innovative tech start-ups in Dublin “Silicon Docks” city has its official launch event in a farmyard surrounded by fruit trees and picnic baskets, you get the impression there may be something special about them. The Freebird Club is the Dublin based start-up which aims to...
Competition Time – FutureScope One2Watch  Monday, March 13, 2017 - Click here for more info 
Celebrating the #WomenOfTheGEC… Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - As we mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, let us introduce you to the Women of the GEC…        Photo 1 from L to R: The GEC & Dublin BIC Team (Ellen, Paula, Mary, Emma, Paula, Lisa, Vicky & Linda) Emerald from EuroComply and Fiona from Unipupil...
Come along to the next Irish Designer Sample Sale featuring GEC Clients Manley & Edge Only Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - We all love a good sample sale right? Well how about one featuring 7 deadly Irish designers? Bet that’s got you excited!  We’re kicking off our six day sample sale on Saturday March 11th in the Fumbally Exchange, Dame Lane, Dublin. Join us on Wednesday 15th for some late night...
Date for your Diary: Local Enterprise Week 2017 Friday, February 17, 2017 - Local Enterprise Week 2017 Preparations are taking place for an exciting series of events during Local Enterprise Week 2017. If you are considering starting a business, have a fledgling business or would like to diversify or export, Enterprise Week events are a must. We realise that starting a business can...
Futurescope 2017 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - Click here to book your tickets 
Introducing An Cosán Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC), is changing lives and communities through online education. VCC is an education initiative to scale the work of An Cosán in Tallaght West. We empower people to learn using the latest virtual, online and mobile technologies. Working closely with our Community Partners, VCC caters for learners...
GEC Client GirlCrew & Microsoft Present ‘GirlCrew Pro’ Wednesday, February 8, 2017 -   Leading speakers and panelists from a variety of industries will teach participants everything they need to know to advance in their career, change careers, or set up their own business. Location: Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar Time: 6.30pm Bonus: Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches and a little take-home treat provided for all attendees courtesy...
Jobs & Opportunities at The GEC – February 2017 Tuesday, February 7, 2017 -   NEW!  Position: Senior IT and UX analyst / designer available (part time). 18 years experience across a multitude of sectors, including telecomms, insurance, financial services, public sector, retail and travel. If you need help with any of the following for your app, website or software (new or existing) please...
Free Electrons | Global Energy Accelerator | $200,000 | No Equity Taken Monday, February 6, 2017 - Interested in piloting your tech with major international utilities? And winning up to $200,000 while traveling to four countries with all expenses paid? Welcome to Free Electrons, the world’s first global energy accelerator backed by major international utilities. We are recruiting energy startups that will drive the next generation of...
Dublin BIC’s January newsletter Monday, January 30, 2017 - You can check out January’s Dublin Business Innovation Centre’s newsletter here   
Do you know a Student that owns & operates a business while attending school, college or university? Monday, January 23, 2017 -   The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending school, college of university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals....
New to The GEC… Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Here’s a list of clients we’ve welcomed to GEC Corridors in recent months… Bricolage We decode culture. Bricolage offers rigorous research, cultural insight and strategic planning services to a broad range of industries and sectors. www.bricolage.ie Customerlink We help organisations of all sizes to measure and improve customer experience and...
Dublin BIC Funding & Scaling Series on the 14th of February Monday, January 16, 2017 - Register here
Our Rising Star: Jenny Huston from EdgeOnly Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Congratulations to GEC Client Jenny Huston of Edge Only who won the LEO Dublin City ‘Women in Business Network’ 2016 ‘Rising Star’ Award just before Christmas.  Edge Only is a designer and manufacturer of solid gold and sterling silver jewellery in Ireland that is available in retail outlets in the UK (London and...
Meet the Entrepreneur: Finán from Campsited Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - Let us introduce you to Finán O’Donoghue of Campsited.  Campsited is an easy way for people to find and book campsites of all shapes and sizes – camping, touring and glamping sites included. Akin to Booking.com for hotels or Airbnb for self stay rentals. They launched firstly to campsites in Ireland and then...
Christmas at The GEC… Saturday, December 17, 2016 -   GEC Christmas Decorations GEC’s Gerry & Andy were busy at the end of November being our secret Christmas Elves and transforming the Centre once again into a Winter Wonderland. What’s next? A full blown snow machine! ☺   GEC Christmas Market Jenny from Edge Only came to us with...
Why you should apply for Google Adopt a Startup Programme in 2017? Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - In the words of GEC Client Emmett Gallagher, co-founder of new social media content management platform Warbble who were selected for 2016’s programme… Like any program that you apply for there are pros and cons. We took the decision to apply last year for one reason and one reason only: profile...
Benetel celebrate 15 years of excellence! Thursday, November 24, 2016 - GEC resident Benetel is celebrating 15 years in business today! “We basically wanted to get clever people together to build interesting things”, says Benetel co-founder and CTO, John Doyle. With product sales quadrupling and workforce doubling in the past 2 years, Benetel today employs people, providing differentiated solutions for leading...
The First GEC Christmas Market… Friday, November 18, 2016 - Come along and support local Dublin 8 businesses at The GEC’s first Christmas Market! FREE admission from 11am until 7pm with mulled punch & mince pies to warm you up on the day! See list below of just some of the fabulous companies we’ll have present on the day… COGNIKIDS...
Exploring Ireland’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Monday, November 14, 2016 -   A VIP invitation to put this Thursday November 17th in your diary… It is with great pleasure that we wish to invite you to The Startup Centenary Summit. A chance to learn, share experiences and network with Irish and world experts and entrepreneurs. Some early stage super angle investors...
Come and light up Dublin City with your Company this December… Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - Sign up and join Dublin’s biggest Santa Cycle for Crumlin Children’s Hospital this December 4th.  Dublin’s biggest Santa Cycle is hoping to have 2,000 Santas cycle through Dublin city. Starting in the Phoenix park, the Santas will cycle down the Quays, across O’Connell Bridge, through the City Centre and on...
Meet the Entrepreneur: Patricia from Focus Marketing Sunday, October 30, 2016 - Focus Marketing Ltd provide outsourced marketing and business development support to a variety of clients across various industry sectors. Patricia Kearns started the company in February 2014 so it is just over two years in operation. She started with one solid client – but has since added several clients to her portfolio. All...
Funding & Scaling Quarterly Event with Dublin BIC Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Click here to register 
Welsh Trade Mission Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - A Trade Mission, organised by the Welsh Government will visit Ireland from November 1st to 3rd 2016. This Trade Mission will consist of 14 Companies and their main focus is on the following Industries; Water & Waste Water, Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Medical, Property, Digital Marketing and Consumer Products. A centralised or...
The Guinness Workers Employment Fund and The GEC Monday, October 24, 2016 - Thursday October 20th, 2016 David Varian of Diageo and the GEC Board accepting a cheque from Tony Prendergast of The Guinness Workers Employment Fund (GWEF) GWEF was one of the organisations that provided the vision, commitment and financial backing at the beginning of the GEC’s story. It is also an organisation that continues to...
Apply now for Startup Island bootcamp Friday, October 14, 2016 - Calling all startups – how do you plead? The Governor has announced the launch of Startup Island – an intensive startup bootcamp with a twist. On the site of a disused former prison on an island off the coast of Cork, Startup Island will bring together investors, entrepreneurs, startups and...
Ministerial Visits to The GEC Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -       Minister Pat Breen & GEC Centre Manager, Eamonn Sayers       Minister Pat Breen & Dublin BIC CEO Michael Culligan  On Thursday October 6th, the Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen visited The GEC and some of our clients (he even bumped in to Dublin Footballer...
Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab: Now open for applications Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Are you a FinTech start-up ready to disrupt the Financial Services sector? If so, then the FinTech Innovation Lab is the accelerator for you. What is it? The FinTech Innovation Lab Dublin is a 3-month accelerator based at The GEC that provides direct access to senior executives in Ireland’s leading financial...
HBAN looks to raise record €6M in 48 hours Thursday, October 6, 2016 - HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it will seek to raise new funds of €6M in the space of just 48 hours, starting Wednesday 9th November in Waterford. The organisation will also visit Cork, Dublin andGalway, speaking to potential new business...
Welcoming Stripe to The GEC Thursday, September 22, 2016 - There was standing room only on Thursday September 22nd as we welcomed Don O’Leary, Griffin Gaffney and the Stripe Team to The GEC!  Operating in over twenty countries, Stripe have developed technology that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet.  Firstly we welcomed Don O’Leary Head of EU Operations / Ireland...
GEC Client Fluidedge win the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland launched the €100k Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge  in March of this year which was then promoted by The GEC.  Sarah Scannell the Cycling and Walking Officer within Dublin City Council presented the Smart Cycling Challenge at The GEC’s First Wednesday event in April.   Open Challenges...
Stripe’s visit to The GEC Saturday, September 17, 2016 - We’re very excited to announce that Stripe will be visiting The GEC.  Stripe operate in over twenty countries and have developed technology that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet.  Griffin Gaffney  who co-founded Stripe’s Sales Team ‘Growth’ and is their ‘Startup Guru’ will be joining us to give an insightful talk and...
The GEC Golfer of The Year 2016 Monday, September 12, 2016 - Congratulations to Trevor Hawkins of Vu2Vu Ireland who has been crowned ‘GEC Golfer of the Year 2016‘  Trevor finished up with a total of 100 points with Hilary Hall of Research & Markets coming in 2nd with 92 points and Brendan Garland of Sentient Solutions just behind her with 91...
GoCar and The GEC Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Put simply, GoCar provides all staff with a cost effective, convenient and smart transport solution. It operates similarly to Dublin Bikes, where we have over 150 vehicles located at 100 bases across Dublin, accessible 24/7. Book and access through our new smart app for as little as half an hour and...
Funding & Scaling Event for Creative Ventures Friday, September 2, 2016 - DublinBIC are running a funding & scaling session for creative startups on September 20th.  The event will focus on the investment and growth challenges facing creative startups, providing guidance from industry specialists on the creative side (Tribal Games, Treehouse republic, Screen Producers Ireland) as well as the investment side (AIB Seed...
Announcing The Pipeline Innovators Summit – Sept 21st to 23rd Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 31st August 2016 Fifty US CEOs choose Ireland and Northern Ireland to forge new business connections INFE, IRELAND’S NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP,  today announced the launch of the Pipeline Innovators Summit, happening in Ireland Sept 21-23. For the Summit, INFE will host a contingent of 50 American Founder CEOs in...
€50k Competitive Start Fund: Two Calls Now Open Friday, August 26, 2016 - 1.International Entrepreneurship  2.Graduate Entrepreneurship Enterprise Ireland launched two calls for applications on Wednesday 24th August 2016 to the Competitive Start Fund. These calls will close on Wednesday 7th September at 3pm.  Applicants are restricted to apply to one call only. Overview of the Competitive Start Fund This fund is open...
Dublin Remains Hot for Startups Monday, August 22, 2016 - The recent Startup Heatmap Europe study  proves the startup ecosystem in Dublin is one of the most phenomenal in all of Europe, ranking 6th following a survey of over 700 European founders. Dublin was mostly endorsed for access to capital (44% gave 4 or 5 stars) and talent (42%), even...
The GEC and Dublin BIC Monday, August 22, 2016 - Dublin Business Innovation Centre (Dublin BIC) is a public-private business support organisation who work with state agencies and private sector investors to support entrepreneurs as they build the next generation of successful Irish businesses. For over 25 years, Dublin BIC’s business consultants have shared their first hand experience, considerable knowledge,...
New to The GEC… Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - We’ve had many new clients join the GEC Corridors since the start of the Summer. Here’s a brief introduction to just a few… Ben and Anvil Dan and Ailbhe are Ben & Anvil: a creative post production studio specialising in high-end design video products for businesses in all sectors. They offer a range...
August’s GEC Golf Event Monday, August 15, 2016 - Congratulations to Trevor Hawkins of Vu2Vu Ireland who won the ‘DV8 Masters‘ (August’s GEC Golf Event) at Grange Golf Club.  Eoin O’Herlihy of OHAC came 2nd with Brian O’Neill coming in in 3rd.  Johnno Crotty collected the ‘nearest pin’ prize for Keith MCDonnell from Extreme Ireland  Liam Farrell from Parking Motel...
Give Blood & Help Save a Life with The GEC Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - In association with The Irish Blood Transfusion Service, we will be offering all GEC Clients the chance to donate blood again.  In the past, blood clinics have been organised in workplaces. Unfortunately due to budget cuts, this no longer happens with a ‘Corporate Ferry’ service now taking its place.  We...
Meet The Entrepreneur: Grainne from Wexford Solar Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - ‘Wexford  Solar  is a business which develops, owns and operates renewable energy generators.  The company grew from utilizing skills and experience learnt in the wind energy industry in  Ireland and creating an opportunity to move into the solar energy industry. Driving growth by being a leader in the field, Wexford...
All aboard! Learn how to talk to strangers on the… Monday, August 1, 2016 - JCI Dublin Southside are opening their Networking Skills Workshop to professionals and business owners on a 2-hour boat trip around Dublin Bay. All are invited aboard. Business owner Adrian Corcoran will run his workshop “How To Talk With Strangers” – a practical networking workshop for people who are lost when...
Yoga at The GEC Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - We started GEC Yoga classes in conjunction with The Yoga Site in late 2014. Classes have gone from strength to strength ever since with many GEC Clients incorporating them in to their weekly schedule. Keen to know what our Yoga classes are like? Well let the GEC’s Vicky explain… ‘When yoga...
The Annual GEC Summer BBQ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Yes, it was almost 2 x months ago but better late than never!  With 260+ tickets sold, tasty BBQ food on offer, drinks flowing and a retro photo booth to beat the band – it’s safe to say that we all had a great day out despite the rain (or should we...
Startup competitions: What they are and how to win them! Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - Are you sitting on a brilliant business idea but don’t have the funds to get it started? Have you considered entering a Startup Competition to win the funding and mentorship to launch your business? Join JCI Dublin Southside on Weds, 13 of July in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan from 7pm to...
Meet The Entrepreneur: Angelo from Cleerup Friday, July 1, 2016 - Cleerup is a digital services and development company. They provide B2B strategic and tactical consulting, together with development and educational services. They focus on helping leverage digital for innovation and assist their clients build solutions for their business to be successful in the digital space. They also have a ‘Labs’ section, a...
Table Quiz on the 6th & 7th of July at lunchtime with thanks to Research & Markets  Thursday, June 30, 2016 - GEC Client Research and Markets will be hosting a lunchtime Table Quiz to raise funds for Temple Street Hospital as part of the Techies 4 Temple St event. It will be between 13:00 and 13:30 next Wednesday and Thursday (6th and 7th July). Teams of 4 (maximum) and price is...
Ideas with Impact by StartUp Salon: Creating a business driven by purpose & profit Friday, June 24, 2016 - These days many aspiring entrepreneurs want to create a business that’s as much about purpose as it is about profit.  To address stress, poor employee engagement scores and a host of societal problems, leaders of corporate organizations are beginning to explore how their core business activities can add purpose to...
Join the GEC at the Techies 4 Temple Street Event Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Join Techies4TempleSt and over 1,000 of the Tech community plus their trusted advisors and take to the streets of Dublin for a unique treasure trail, combining outdoor activities with digital media challenges whilst making an impact to the lives of sick children across Ireland. Date: 8th July 2016Time: 2pm-8pm Location: RDS...
July’s #1stFriBrekkie Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Join the Dublin StartUp Commisioner’s Team for their July #1stFriBrekkie This month’s guest  speaker is Paul Byrne. CFO of Trintech in the late 1990’s, Paul has since founded, scaled a healthtech and two fintech companies in the US and completed multiple large US exits. So don’t miss out on a morning...
Meet the Entrepreneur: Fuad from Dluxdays Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Tell us more about your business:  Dluxdays is a website/app in which customers can become members to get exclusive promotions from high-end brands on the special days in their lives such as anniversaries, birthdays, graduations etc. Currently, high-end brands/retailers offer promotions mainly during the following times of year;  Seasonal discounts –when their...
June’s GEC Golf Outing Monday, June 20, 2016 - The results from last Friday’s GEC Golf Event at Tulfarris GC  are finally in… Our Winner: Alan Britton of Assured Webs Services (see photo) Runner up on the day was last month’s winner: Hilary Hall of Research & Markets  Des Burke from SQ9 took 3rd place with Conor from Horgan PR coming...
Free Branding Health Check Monday, June 20, 2016 - Hello Fellow Entrepreneurs, My name is Colin Moran; I go by Collie with family and friends (old & new)! My company I Eat Design is a new(ish) comer to the GEC, I’ve a hot desk here since March. I Eat Design specializes in the creation of custom logo and brand...
‘Meet the Entrepreneurs’ with the MBA association Friday, June 3, 2016 - Once again the MBA Association of Ireland is partnering with the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin to present a “Meet the Entrepreneurs” evening at the Centre. Three GEC start-ups will pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts and an audience of MBAAI members. The event takes place on Thursday 9th...
Kickstart your Business…The Roadshow Friday, June 3, 2016 - We’re very excited to announce that the George Hook ‘Kickstart your Business’ Roadshow is coming to The GEC next week! Leading broadcaster George Hook draws on his own experience as a struggling business owner to team up with Gerard Tannam, serial entrepreneur and founder of Islandbridge Brand Development to take...
Dublin Culture Project Development… Monday, May 30, 2016 - Sandra, a staff member of a GEC Client is helping Dublin City Council to work on developing a Cultural Project in Dublin this year. A team of freelance cultural producers have been hired by the Council to do a Consultation with the citizens of Dublin about their vision and attitude towards...
The GEC Golf Society’s first outing of 2016… Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Our first GEC golf competition of the season took place on sunny May 13th at St Margaret’s GC.  With 37 points, Hilary Hall of Research & Markets took 1st place and also the longest drive competition.  Trevor Hawkins of Vu2Vu Ireland came in 2nd with Brian O’Neill coming in 3rd.  Kevin Burke of SQ9 won...
GoCar and The GEC Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - GoCar is Ireland’s only Vehicle Sharing club. Member’s simply signup online and book their desired vehicle from over 80 locations throughout Dublin for as little as 1 Hour. There are over 140 vehicles including small vans to choose from and rates include tax, insurance, fuel and Dublin City on street...
Startup BootCamp FinTech Dublin FastTrack – 19th May Monday, May 16, 2016 - A chance for FinTech Startups to meet Startupbootcamp FinTech, connect with great mentors and get feedback Who is Startupbootcamp FinTech? Startupbootcamp FinTech is the world’s largest FinTech accelerator, with three programmes in London, New York and Singapore and soon to be launching in Mexico City and India. For each accelerator, 10 startups are...
The Dublin BIC Futurescope Event is only 2 x weeks away! Monday, May 16, 2016 - In a  nutshell – FutureScope 2016 is a platform for collaboration between multinationals and Ireland’s entrepreneurial community with a core theme is “Current trends and future insights” where speakers deliver on new trends coming down the line and where the business opportunities may exist.   We’ve got a strong speaker...
Jobs & Opportunities at The GEC this May… Friday, May 13, 2016 -   Companies advertising:   Countbox: www.countbox.us Contact: Konstantin kd@countbox.us Role: Full time R&D Engineer with UX skillsets Requirements:  •    React – Candiate must be able to use this and also have knowledge about its components •    WebPack – this is necessary to know •    NodeJS – Knowledge is advisable but Candidate...
The European Cycling Challenge Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Dublin are entering an European Cycling Challenge for the first time this year – coordinated by the NTA. It is open for all cyclists in the City to partake. All a cyclist needs to do is register online here or download the app ‘Cycle365’; join a Dublin team from an options...
Smart Homes Hackathon Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Hosted by Sustainable energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in conjunction with DCU Alpha. With the Dublin Airport Hackathon just finished, being a great event and a complete sellout. Tickets are now on sale for the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) #EnergyHack #hackathon on from the 13th to 15th of May at the price of €20.00....
Introducing Futurescope… Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - DublinBIC has just launched FutureScope 2016, their annual tech event that provides a platform for engagement & collaboration between Ireland’s entrepreneurial community and innovative multinational companies. FutureScope is a scaled version of their successful Silicon Stroll event  – based on feedback from last year’s event Dublin BIC decided to expand the format, include more content...
April’s Startup Grind Monday, April 18, 2016 - Upcoming Grind on Thursday 21st April with special guest Robin Blandford founder and CEO of D4H  Robin is a hero of the Dublin tech ecosystem in every sense of the word: as a volunteer with the Irish Coast Guard, Robin has spent over a decade saving lives and training the...
Hannover Re launches €70,000 Prize Fund for Journey Re Global Entrepreneurship Competition Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - A competition announced today (April 4th 2016) is offering entrepreneurs the chance to win a share of a prize fund of €70,000, as well as paid positions, office space, business coaching, and two all-expenses-paid trips to Germany. Journey Re will provide: • Paid positions for a period of six months for...
Plato Business Development Programme Commencing 20th April 2016 Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - You want to expand your business but don’t have the money or all of the skills? It’s not easy running a business on your own. Would you like to meet business people just like you and solve your business problems in a tried and proven way? PLATO is a not...
Creating websites has never been easier… Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - GEC Client Symplycity have organised a WordPress course for beginners that will take place in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce on the 30th of April. This one day course is aimed at anyone that wants to learn to make or maintain a WordPress website and it’s especially suitable for start-ups. They...
Come along to April’s #1stFriBrekkie at the Commissioner’s office Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - Home to Trustev, Teamwork, Barricade and a pile of Ireland’s best known startups, DC Cahalane will update us in the big smoke on the up and comers and the new players in the Cork startup scene! Don’t miss out on a morning of strong coffee, great networking and the best...
Effective Software’s Cycle4Haiti at The GEC Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - GEC Client Effective Software’s David Rowland and Michael Murray are participating in the Dublin to Galway Cycle4Haiti event this May bank holiday weekend 30th April -2nd May. The event is a fundraiser for a charity called the Soul of Haiti. They have been working to create new businesses and a...
The Smart Cities Challenge Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - Dublin City Council in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland are calling out for applications to Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Scale up Smart City Cycle Challenge. There is a feasibility grant worth €15,000.00 (non-refundable) for entrants to develop an idea they may have around cycling and further funding available...
March’s Dublin Startup Grind Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - David Scanlon has kindly invited all GEC Clients to March’s Dublin Startup Grind AND offered you all a discount  They’re hosting Steve Collins, founder of Havok (acquired by Intel), Kore Virtual Machines (acquired by Havok), and his current project Swrve, which has raised in excess of $50m of venture funding to date. The...
Bank of Ireland’s StartUp Awards Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - There’s still time to nominate a StartUp or enter your own Business in to this years’ Bank of Ireland StartUp Awards You are one of 20 new businesses that open every week, tell them your success story. The Bank of Ireland Startup Awards are open to all sole traders, partnerships or...
GEC Client Firmwave® launches the first low-power, wireless sensor platform powered by Intel® Quark™ microcontroller technology Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Firmwave® Edge is the first low-power, wireless sensor network platform powered by Intel® Quark™ MCU technology.  Firmwave® Edge will enable a world filled with tiny, intelligent sensors and rapidly accelerate development and deployment of IoT and wearable products and services. Rapid growth from 5 billion device connections in 2014 to...
Celebrating the Women of The GEC Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - Today, we celebrated the women of The GEC with a Tea & Coffee morning in our Cafe.  International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8th every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards...
A Message from Dublin’s StartUp Commissioner Monday, March 7, 2016 - Our Perfect Data… Months of many peoples’ time has gone into building and refining this database of Dublin Startups. In truth, it’s still far from perfect or accurate or complete, but we thought we’d present it as such and then sit back and watch your comments, additions and corrections flow in....
Join the GEC Soccer Club! Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - Keen to keep fit and have some fun along the way? Why not join The GEC Soccer Club?  When: 12-1pm each Thursday Cost: €5 per person  Where: St Catherine’s Sports Centre, Marrowbone Lane (just around the corner from The GEC)  What to bring: Indoor football gear and shoes  How to join: Contact David in...
A Quick Bite to Eat in our Local Area… Monday, February 29, 2016 - The Liberties Dublin Business Area Improvement Initiative Team got in touch with us recently to point out a few new food places which have opened up in the local Dublin 8/Liberties area lately.  On Meath Street alone three nice cafés have opened up recently – Legit and Catherine’s Cafe are really nice spots for lunch with Ireland’s first...
Sisu Juices at The GEC Friday, February 26, 2016 - SiSú juice came to February’s GEC First Wednesday Club.  For those of you who missed the big announcement, we now have SiSú Cold Pressed vegetable based juices available to everyone in the GEC via their smart retail cooler which is located in the Mail Room. Cold pressed vegetable and fruit juice...
Scale up: How existing business can achieve investment, greater growth and success Thursday, February 25, 2016 - Smith & Williamson Breakfast Seminar Series – March 2016 Date: Friday 4th March 2016 Time: 7.30am – 9.15am Venue: The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin To register, click here   Rapidly expanding, high-growth companies are a significant driving force in the economy. Many business leaders argue that the challenges...
Jobs & Opportunities at The GEC Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” ~ Thomas A Edison Here’s a list of the latest roles available in The GEC… Research & Markets:  Role: Data List Executive Contact: neil.batt@researchandmarkets.net   Surplus Stock Worldwide:  Role: Inside Sales Executive Contact: terry@surplusstockworldwide.com   NurseBuddy:  Role: Inside Sales...
New initiative to help 50 Irish startups grow Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Ireland’s calendar of activities for 2016, was officially launched at the Guinness Enterprise Centre yesterday. GEN’s main focus is to connect startups, entrepreneurs, policymakers, researchers, educators, investors and government leaders and members through networking events, mentoring sessions, competitions and knowledge-sharing initiatives.  At the launch, it...
Guinness Enterprise Centre wins global award Monday, February 1, 2016 -         The Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) have been named the World’s Top University Associated Business Incubator by the UBI Global World Top University Business Incubator and Accelerator Rankings. The UBI Global World Top University Business Incubator and Accelerator Rankings assess 1,200 university incubators around the world and...
It’s the end of the Golfing season… Thursday, October 1, 2015 -    After five enjoyable outings, the GEC Golf Society year has come to an end. Huge thanks to all involved; committee members, sponsors, volunteers, promotors and of course all our GEC Golfers. The results are in from September’s event in Sutton GC which was kindly sponsored by Research & Markets....
The GEC named as Europe’s #1 ‘Top University Associated Business Incubator’ at #UBIAwardsEU Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Based in Stockholm, Sweden, UBI Global has an international research team and a benchmark network of more than 400 university managed or associated business incubators and accelerators in over 70 countries. They are thought leaders in performance analysis of business incubators around the world. With reliable top rankings, they help...
#Startups4Refugees Table Quiz at The Guinness Storehouse Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - So the online figures have been tallied, the coins counted and we’re finally ready to announce the total amount raised at last Thursday’s #Startups4Refugees Table Quiz The grand total raised was €6,251.40 which was then kindly doubled by GEC Client Research & Markets. Therefore a whopping €12,502.80 will be going...
The German Irish Digital Innovation Summit, The GEC September 8th Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - A message from Ronan Harbison, Commerical Director at the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce – AHK Ireland *** We brought together over 55 Irish and German experts in the area of Software Development and Online Gaming. The day-long event at the GEC featured interactive discussion panels and expert presentations...
August’s GEC Golf Outing Saturday, August 1, 2015 - A message from the GEC Golf Society… *** Fellow Golfers, Here are the results of the 4th outing of the Society this year, held at Edmonstown GC in August. Many thanks to GEC Client O’Herlihy Access Consultancy for sponsoring August’s event…and for the Malteasers! Members 1st – Hillary Hall (8)...
Are you a Commercial Sales Director looking for an exciting new role? Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Social Honey, have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Commercial Director with experience in building and managing both Sales and Marketing teams to join a company at the cutting edge of innovation in the publishing and media sector. This is an opportunity to build and grow Sales and Marketing operations...
Are you looking for an inside Sales Position? Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Surplus Stock Worldwide is an online marketplace for surplus spare parts for all types of vehicles, machines and equipment. As a start-up business, we are seeking to recruit a dynamic and energetic Inside Sales Executive to expand the subscriber base of the portal. In a nutshell, the job involves selling...
May’s GEC Golf Tournament Monday, June 1, 2015 - A message from your GEC Golf Committee: All 22 players turned out and the weather stayed good but there were an awful lot of bunkers (We named our team the Beach Boys!) The greens were like glass, reminiscent of Augusta, and with hard to read slopes, which meant the top...
April’s GEC Golf Outing Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - A message from the GEC Golf Committee… We had a great day for our first outing of the year, the Research & Markets Invitational at Portmarnock Golf Links. Thanks to all for attending and please find the results from the day (including the new Player of the Year Category) below....
Compete in the 1776 Challenge Cup Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Are you a Start-up in education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation or cities? The NDRC, in collaboration with 1776, are hosting the Challenge Cup, a global start-up competition. The event is part of a series which takes place in 16 cities across 11 countries to identify the most promising start-ups...
Franchise Development Services arrive at The GEC Thursday, January 1, 2015 - In 1981 Franchise Development Services (FDS) was established in Norwich by Roy and Judy Seaman in order to service the emerging franchise industry, in recognition of its increasing importance as a vehicle for business expansion. In 2013,Barry Connellan was awarded the company’s Master Franchise in Ireland. Barry has dedicated the...
GEC First Wednesday Networking Event hosted by Pauline from Social Zavvy Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Are you looking to generate leads, build business relationships and increase sales? Come to the GEC First Wednesday Club hosted by Pauline from Social Zavvy and see how it can help your business. As it says in the name, this business networking club meets on the 1st Wednesday of every...
The Silicon Stroll Event Saturday, November 1, 2014 - The Silicon Stroll Bootcamp Event took place this week on November 3rd and 4th. It brought 50 of Europe’s most innovative and investable ICT start-ups to Dublin to meet with tech giants Google, PayPal and IBM. After which they went head to head in pitch battles to investor panels to...
In Focus: Calcfox Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Calcfox is designed for financial enterprise companies who commit large resources to developing calculation, quotation and illustration systems. The platform automates the creation of such which reduces cost, operational risk and time to market. Leveraging sixteen years industry experience, Calcfox has been created with the unique ability to autonomously code,...
Going for Growth: An invitation to women entrepreneurs who are serious about growing their Business Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Going for Growth: An invitation to women entrepreneurs who are serious about growing their business Are you a woman entrepreneur who could benefit from the Going for Growth initiative? Going for Growth is open to women entrepreneurs, across all sectors, whose main business is located in the Republic of Ireland....
In Focus: ComputeNext Saturday, November 1, 2014 -   Introducing ComputeNext ,a Bellevue, WA Technology Company, who has recently opened their European headquarters right here at the GEC in Dublin. Their mission: to build and operate Cloud Service marketplaces. They believe that a few cloud providers cannot satisfy the world’s computing demands. ComputeNext’s Global Cloud Marketplace offers you...
In Focus: Elivar Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Elivar has developed the world’s first range of sports nutrition products tailored for athletes and active people over 35 years old. Our bodies change as we age and as a consequence so should our nutrition. Working with leading sports nutritionists and food scientist, Elivar has developed a range of dilute-to-taste...
In Focus: Simulty Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Simulty is a tool that can be used to navigate multiple websites simultaneously from one single tab. Traditional browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer…) only allow users to deal with one website at a time. Therefore, users are often forced to repeat the exact same action on different websites all...
In Focus: CreateSound.ie Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -             CreateSound.ie run computer-based music production courses and workshops across the island of Ireland, and more recently in the UK. They supply ALL the latest software and equipment including MacBook Pro laptops, keyboards and controllers, delivering on-site in schools, community projects and music colleges. This...
In Focus: RaymondBrian Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -   RaymondBrian led by their MD Ray Armstrong recently moved into The GEC. Ray has many years’ experience at international level managing IT teams, project portfolios, procurement & vendors. He is an innovative and adaptable professional with a highly effective mix of ICT and business skills. Proven track record of...
National Entrepreneurship Policy Statement Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Launch of National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland:   Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD together with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD and Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD today launched the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Irleand....
The GEC are to play host to The Silicon Stroll Event this November Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - The Silicon Stroll Bootcamp will bring 50 of Europe’s most innovative and investable ICT start-ups to Dublin to meet with tech giants Google, PayPal and IBM after which they will go head to head in pitch battles to investor panels to secure a cash prize. The event is part of...
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