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Interviewing the CEO of UCD-Based Zipp Mobility After €300,000 Investment Round

Irish e-scooter start-up Zipp Mobility recently closed an investment round of €300,000 to support their efforts of expansion into the UK market. Following a relaxing of the regulations governing e-scooters in the UK, Zipp Mobility hopes to leverage this opportunity…

Why it is time to rethink Econ 101

There is something foul in the state of economics. At the best of times beginners economics courses are overly simplistic, at the worst of times they are ideologically driven and are training a generation of economists in idealistic concepts. It…

O’Neills growth due to strong leadership from within

Ireland’s biggest sportswear manufacturer has switched up their operations in order to provide much needed Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. O’Neills International Sportswear are now assisting Ireland’s essential frontline workers on both sides of the border.

Ordinarily, O’Neills produce sportswear for much of Ireland’s sporting codes and teams, making their diversification a reflection of a society collaborating to overcome a common foe: Covid-19. In this case, in the words of their slogan, O’Neills are proving themselves to be ‘The Choice of Champions’.

Success In Sight For NovaUCD’s Student Start-Ups

Last week, the 2020 NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition was launched. The competition, which is being run digitally in light of Covid-19 restrictions, will see early-stage student start-ups go through an intensive 4-week mentoring programme in NovaUCD, UCD’s hub of innovation-related…

Start-Up Spotlight: Zipp Mobility

Electric scooters; hate them or love them, it is inevitable that a dockless scooter company arrives on our shores in the not so distant future. You’ll likely have seen them zooming around in our cities. Zipp Mobility, founded by Charlie…

Now Is The Time For Students To Invest

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is irrefutably damaging the Irish economy, with businesses closing temporarily and hundreds of thousands unemployed. Despite this, the current environment is ripe with opportunities for financial gain, and Ireland’s top business leaders are cashing in, and…

University Commits Over €3.5 Million In New Tenders Since January

Since the start of 2020, UCD have put out over €3.5 million worth of tenders, excluding VAT. In reality this figure is higher, but due to the nature of certain tenders, the contractual value is not public information.  As recently…

Start-Up Spotlight: Stampify

In this issue, I examine Stampify, a non-profit social enterprise offering a loyalty card with a few slight twists on the traditional loyalty cards we are accustomed to. Instead of accruing discounts, credits or a free coffee after collecting a…

So There’s a Pandemic. How will the Economy Fare?

The Covid-19 pandemic not only brings with it a global health crisis, but also an economic crisis, the likes of which the world has never seen. Businesses have closed down indefinitely, people have stopped spending money and central banks across…

Start-Up Spotlight: Bounce Insights

Charlie Butler is co-founder of Bounce Insights, an ‘’all-encompassing market research tool that can ask any questions companies want, to any consumer they want, faster and cheaper than any current alternatives’’, and a final year Trinity Global Business student. Outside…

UCD I&E Win €10,000 at Trading Competition

The Bank of Ireland FX Trade Off Competition tests university students’ ability to trade currencies, promoting and encouraging participation in the global FX markets country-wide. The competition is popular amongst aspiring financiers and numerical brains alike, with over 1,000 entrants…

The Business Interview with Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien is a serial entrepreneur who founded Communicorp, a commercial radio and emerging digital media provider, and Digicel Group, a complete communications provider serving the Caribbean, Central America and Pacific – along with several other companies. Throughout his personal…