Sprouting up

There are literally hundreds of young entrepreneurs launching their start-ups in Dublin, hoping to climb the precarious ladder in the tech, food and pharma sectors. Many of these companies will go on to achieve greatness; some will be quietly successful, others will become well-known names across the globe. Others, sadly, will perish under the immense pressure of starting and running a company from scratch. caught up with Jack Kirwan (pictured above right), founder and co-owner of Sprout & Co. restaurants, which are, well, sprouting up all over the city, to find out what it takes to get from that init

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IPL Plastics launches Toronto stock market listing

Dublin-based plastics company, IPL Plastics, has released an indicative price range of C$13.50-C$16.00 (€9-€10.60) a share for its planned initial public offering in Toronto next month. The figures were released this morning as part of the launch of a share buyback offer worth $50m Canadian dollars (€33.2m), which enables some 2000 Irish investors to exit at the same valuation as the stock market launch price. However, as IPL's chief executive, Alan Walsh, confirmed last week at the group’s annual general meeting, few investors have indicated any appetite for this option, preferring to cling on and await the anticipated gains from this latest renewal phase. Over the past decade the company has swung from peaks to troughs, and at one point threatened to buckle under the weight of its debts as its shares, which trade in a grey market in Dublin, plunged to a low of 15c. The long-awaited IPO marks a watershed moment for the former sprawling buyout firm once known as One51. Under the terms of the float, Irish investors will receive one common B class share for every five ordinary shares held. The valuation of these ordinary shares has been set at C$2.70-C$3.20 (€1.8-€2.1). If the final offer price falls below the floor local investors will have their buyback agreements terminated. The IPO valuation is understood to be weaker than IPL, which is controlled by two major Canadian pension funds, targeted a month ago amid a share price slump in the sector. As this newspaper revealed on the weekend, the recent weak performance from IPL’s peers, London-listed RPC and US-listed Berry, has prompted a downward revision to its IPO range.


Enterprise Excellence Ireland 2018

Croke Park

On the 23rd of May 2018 Ireland Will Play Host To Europe's Leading Lean Management/Six Sigma event.

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Zendesk in Dublin

Zendesk, a software as a service (SAAS) company that specialises in helping companies’ customer care operations, announced earlier this year that they will be creating 300 new jobs at their Dublin offices. The company was founded in Copenhagen 10 years ago and has grown massively since then. With six products and over 100,000 customers worldwide, it has come a long way. “The initial concept was making life easier for customer support engineers,” says Colum Twomey, Zendesk Vice President. “We developed a customer support platform, a software as a service product, and that’s where we came from. Since then we’ve developed more products and addressed a broader mark

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Dublin’s Junior Einsteins in final 6 for €1m Voom prize fund

Dublin start-up Junior Einsteins, a science club for inspiring kids to embrace STEM, has been included in the final six firms that will vie for the Virgin Media Voom 2018 pitching competition. The last six will pitch before exacting judges that include Virgin founder Richard Branson, six firms will compete in two categories: Spark & Start and Scale and Grow at a final in London. Junior Einsteins will compete in the Spark & Start category against Castify, which helps people find and cast actors, and Gobbler Boats which ishelping remove oil and plastic from the ocean. Junior Einsteins is a science club inspiring children into STEM subjects through hands-on interactive experiments and amazing science events. The other category, Scale & Grow focused on businesses with between 20 and 250 employees, will see Rejuce, which makes beautiful juices from ugly fruit and veg, battle it out against Action Petz, a franchise of safe indoor and outdoor dog parks, and Therapy Box which creates apps to help diagnose, treat and support people with communication disabilities.


The Wheel Summit

Croke Park Conference Centre

Become part of the solution by joining us on 24 and 25 May 2018 at The Wheel’s National Summit for the Community, Voluntary and Charity Sector. We will bring together the leaders, the motivators, the thinkers and the doers; together, we will tackle our biggest challenges. Immerse yourself in lively discussions, inspiring stories and energetic networking sessions. Meet those at the forefront of social innovation and see first-hand how fresh ideas are solving big issues. We are turning our annual conference on its head, and you are invited to be part of an extraordinary new experience!

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Building The Future

Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

Building The Future is a unique careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities from higher education. It has now been running for over 7 years and we are delighted to have the event hosted by Citi, 1 North Wall Quay yet again. Registration will open in April 2018. If you are an employer and you wish to host a stand or get involved on the day, please email So what happens on the day..... To get a better idea of what to expect on the day, check out the blogpost. Employer Exhibition Area An opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers abo

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Future Health Summit


15 Conferences, 2,000 delegates, 160 Speakers, 10 workshops, 140 Exhibitors, 50 Startups, 12 CPD, 6 ECMEC Credits 28th May – Healthcare Systems Empowering the Patient Acute Services, Health Executives, Hospital Operators, ehealth, Clinical & Nursing Leadership, Payors, Providers, Clinical Research Innovation 29th May – Patient and Digital Health Summits: How we care. How we eat. How we live. Patients Groups, Patients & Families, Community Services, Integrated Care, Mental Health, Life Sciences & Med Tech, Venture Capital, Personal & Corporate Wellness, Food, Public Health

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FutureScope 2018

Convention Centre

FutureScope brings together leaders from the technology ecosystem to share perspectives on emerging technologies and how they will shape our future world, providing crucial insights to developing businesses, innovators and investors. The event offers a platform from which to explore collaboration, innovation and business opportunities within the broader ecosystem. FutureScope, which is run by Dublin BIC, has become a must-attend event for those most active in Ireland's vibrant technology ecosystem, including start-ups, scale-ups, multinational companies, innovative Irish enterprise, the

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Chocolatey Clare anyone?

‘So your bar is there’, says Clare. ‘You have to have that and give me an appraisal’. ‘You can be honest’, she adds. That’s a terrible idea, Clare, I think to myself. I‘m a hopeless chocolate snob. ‘Dairy-free milk chocolate’? How is that even possible? As Clare herself admits, when you say the word ‘vegan’, people assume it’s going to be horrible. She reckons that ‘oh my God it probably tastes like sawdust!’ is what they’re thinking. But guess what? This Chocolatey Clare’s Salted Peanut bar tastes great. Not too sweet and icky like lots of non-milk milk chocolate. Not too pale and wishy-washy. This milk chocolate has a hefty 5

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Ruth Johnson – Dublin City Archaeologist

Dr Ruth Johnson is City Archaeologist for Dublin city and is charged with protecting, managing and investigating our oldest heritage, much of it underground. As well as conservation projects, Ruth has input to new development projects across the city and a role in policy development advocacy. We sat down for a chat to find out how she works and what’s going on across the city, under the ground, in our oldest graveyards, our buried monasteries and in half-hidden, forgotten houses. How did you first become an archaeologist Ruth? I worked on a community excavation project in Yorkshire while doing my A-levels after which I did a Primary Degree in archa

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