Update; Due to last minute venue and other issues, BizGrad 2012 has had to be postponed. The organisers will refund all those people who have bought tickets and hope to provide details of a rescheduled event soon.
Thanks to everybody who agreed to speak, helped get the word out, or generally pulled together what promised to be a very good event.
This is a guest post by Chris White and Paul Finn, co-organisers (with the wider community) of BizGrad. BizGrad is a networking event set up by Paul and Chris who are currently Post Graduate students in Business and Entrepreneurship in DIT. EI is proud to support the event; details of previous BizCamp community events are here.
Ireland may be down, but it is definitely not out.
Following the format of the successful BizCamp events, We want to create an event which students, post graduates and entrepreneurs can speak, listen and network in various sessions on the vital aspects of setting up and growing your own business.
The talks will be given by people who have experience in starting their own business and wish to share this with people who are thinking about starting their own. We feel that the brain drain of Ireland should stop and if you can’t get a job well then you might as well create your own.
BizGrad will be taking place in DIT Aunigner street on the 31st March 2012. Registration will start at 9am with a key-note speaker at 9:30am followed by a day of talks and networking we will be finished up by 4:30pm.
We need a variety of business people to help us put together our very unique event. Whether you’re just starting out, or have just sold your business for millions, all speakers will be able to share their experience and Knowledge to a new generation of prospective business entrepreneurship. As is usual with Bizcamp type events, we’re looking for people who are willing to share their knowledge and looking to make a sales pitch. (more…)
This is a guest post from James Lawn, CEO of Polecat, a client of Enterprise Ireland. Polecat Founders James Lawn and Bronwyn Kunhardt established the business in 2008 and are both former executive board members of Microsoft UK.
For those that haven’t met us yet, Polecat is a software and services company that transforms digital content into strategic insights for executive level decision-making. Polecat’s software platform, called MeaningMine™, is the world’s first Virtual Analyst software solution that joins advanced search, text analytics and learning-based algorithms with innovative visualisations to deliver real time insights into any topic. Though I say it myself, it’s very clever, and I’m glad to say the AIB Seed Capital Fund (co-managed by Enterprise Equity), Enterprise Ireland and our existing private investors agree: Polecat has just completed a funding round of €850,000 to accelerate expansion of our operations. But it is not just our friends in Enterprise Equity and Enterprise Ireland I want to call out here, the support and enthusiasm we have experienced from the Irish academic world cannot go un-mentioned, including: our long-standing advisor Professor Pádraig Cunningham at the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, and Dr. Conor Hayes at DERI’s Information Mining and Retrieval Unit in Galway. Two great exemplars of how collaboration between the Irish business and academic worlds can support the development of a market-leading product.
This latest investment is a true vote of confidence in Polecat’s business strategy and technology development over the past 2 years. Having been declared “Best Emerging Technology Company” by Larry Ellison (CEO, Oracle Corp) in 2009, Polecat is now a fast growing company, currently with 22 full time employees, based in Ireland, the UK, the USA and the Netherlands. Polecat counts as customers the world’s largest companies, government organizations and consulting firms, including Shell, BP, HSBC, Silicon Valley Bank, Sony, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, McKinsey and EU, UK & Irish Government. Polecat already has significant revenues and is profitable. As well as accelerating sales of its virtual analyst software platform in the UK and Europe, this significant investment will allow Polecat to expand its global presence. The investment is expected to lead to the creation of 30 jobs in Ireland over the next three years and, if you are an experienced Java Developer, we’re hiring now!
It’s that time of year again: LIT are currently seeking companies who can provide work placement opportunities for students studying for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Programming & Design. As I mentioned last year, work placement is a fantastic opportunity to introduce these undergraduates to real-world problems, helping them put their classroom skills to practical use: marry this to the growing need for qualified IT graduates within the Irish software community, and we should have a match made in heaven.
Course Title: BSc (hons) in Multimedia Programming and Design – HETAC: Level 8
Work Placement 2012:
As part of this course students in their third year of study must find a work placement for 6 months (March – August) in the area of multimedia design and or programming from first week March 2011 to last week of August 2011 inclusive.
Student would have a broad knowledge base of multimedia (HTML, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premier Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Suite etc.), interaction design, digital video and programming (JAVA, ActionScript, PHP etc).
If you’ve been passing through Dublin Airport this week, you’ve probably noticed the Enterprise Ireland stand ‘ItsHappeningHere‘ and wondered what it’s all about. Click the video to find out about more than 2000 jobs with more than 600 Irish software companies.
What is the benefit of taking a student for you as an Employer?
The Work Placement Program at The National College of Ireland is looking for industry partners within Software and Service companies immediately. The students attending the BSc.(Honours) in Software Systems and BSc. (Honours) in Business Information Systems degrees have a solid theoretical base, which they are keen to put into practice.
Placements provide the ideal opportunity for employers to foster links with the National College of Ireland.
The opportunity to trial a potential recruit without obligation or target ‘highflyer ’ recruits early.
Your team can benefit from skilled assistance for specific project work at lower cost.
Placements can also provide your staff with some valuable people management and mentoring experience.
Where could a student fit into you team?
Some samples of the projects our students worked on in 2011 include:-
IT development projects
Web design and development
How do I sign up?
The Placements start in late January 2012 for 6 Months. Our 3rd year IT students are (again) likely to be in high demand for IT related work experience in any sector of industry.
Graduates for International Growth applications (for companies) close in less than one week, so get your application in now. Here’s a reminder of what G4IG is about for companies;
Graduates 4 International Growth assists companies with ambitious growth plans in key markets to acquire a graduate market research resource and possible future business development capability.
Companies create one or more entry level graduate market researcher position(s). Graduate market researchers will work overseas for 12 months to complete a project related to companies’ growth plans. Prior to the overseas placement, Graduates will spend 6 months in Ireland. During this initial induction period Graduates will attend 18 days of skills modules while working with companies.
This is the 3rd time we’ve opened G4IG up to companies, and there a two questions that I’m often asked;
Graduates often have several years experience before , after and during their degree. I’m always impressed by the quality and volume of CV’s that we recieve. We help with screening, and will shortlist candidates (you choose how many, and skills required).
As a company, the projects getting the best results are ones where you already have an intrastructure in the target market. This can be your own office, of using a partner to ‘host’ the graduate.
If you don’t believe the good things we’re saying about G4IG, check out what the companies and graduates say about G4IG in this video.
In response to the limited availability of talented programmers graduating from Irish Universities (and the parallel trend of large multinationals handpicking the top students from relevant disciplines), we at Annadale Technologies decided to address the source of the problem – the tendency of high-achieving pupils opting for high-points courses such as Medicine and Law on their CAO, rather than technology courses such as Engineering and Computer Science.
We felt that this tendency is linked with the fact that most young Irish people are not exposed to the technology which powers the gadgets they use every day, as the standard of IT education in the Irish classroom leaves a lot to be desired. We felt that as part of our mission of growing our Kerry-based software company we should reach out to students and demonstrate to them first hand how exciting and fulfilling a career in software development can be.
This is a guest post from Michael O’Brien, Head of Marketing at EI client Celtrino.
What I love most about working in Celtrino, and the software sector in general, is that nothing stands still. We’re only back from exhibiting at Microsoft’s World Partner Conference in LA, and already we’re announcing our next step; an investment of close to €1million to develop our next generation of Smart Admin eInvoicing services on Microsoft’s Azure platform.
Our development, supported by Enterprise Ireland, is driven in part by the natural evolution of the technology as Celtrino has been a provider of SaaS based solutions in the cloud since the turn of 2000, but this announcement also heralds our overseas expansion and will enable a broader international customer base to access services such as e-invoicing and e-payments at a fraction of the cost in the today’s market.
This pure software-as-a-service play will position Celtrino for rapid global growth and is key to our overseas plan; it will enable a broader international customer base to reduce their trading costs by leveraging Celtrino’s supply chain information management and business process automation expertise.
I warmly recognise the role Enterprise Ireland have played in assisting Celtrino transition through the various stages of planning to executing an overseas marketing and sales strategy. Enterprise Ireland’s marketing intelligence and unique personal and industry relationships are invaluable in forging strong relationships with potential customers.
You may have seen this already in the National newspapers, but given that so many software and service companies are moving into ‘Recruitment mode’ the Job Expansion Fund (just launched by EI) may be of interest to you.
The fund provides support for the recruitment of new employees. The Job Expansion Fund is open to existing small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are:
In manufacturing and/or high growth potential traded services (this includes Software companies)
Have 10 or more full time employees at the time of application
Have been trading for at least 2 years.
This is a competitive fund and there are calls for proposals on a monthly basis. The frst closing date for applications in 2011 is 30th June. You may be eligible to apply for fnancial support from Enterprise Ireland’s Job Expansion Fund if you are implementing a development plan with signifcant growth potential that will increase employment in your company.