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Start-Up Spotlight: KeepAppy

This week on Start-Up Spotlight, I spoke with Aimée-Louise Carton, the co-founder of social enterprise KeepAppy, an app which puts wellness in peoples’ pockets. Aimée-Louise is also an award-winning entrepreneur, international mental health activist, advocate for tech-based social enterprise and…

The Life and Work Ethic of UCD’s Regina Breheny

Regina Breheny, the CEO of the Irish Association of Investment Managers, acts as a glowing ambassador for women in finance, rising to the very top of her field. The UCD alumna studied Commerce before working several stints in high profile…

Start-Up Spotlight: Fearless Media

Fearless Media is a small production company which creates engaging video content for businesses looking to bring a story to life, and was founded by Thomas Arnold in 2019. The name might sound familiar to you; Thomas is also a…

UCD Lyons Farm Receive €3m Investment for New AgTech Hub

UCD Lyons Farm in Co Kildare will be the site for a new ag-tech research hub. The project was awarded a 3m investment from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund through NovaUCD who were amongst 26 successful applicants to receive funding…

Start-Up Spotlight: myStudyPal

The company in this week’s Start-up Spotlight tackles a problem many of us faced during our Leaving Cert years; making a study timetable. myStudyPal, founded and run by Mark Nealon, aims to tackle the issues that students face when attempting…

Revolut: The New Kid on the Block

The aptly named newcomer to the mobile banking industry, Revolut, has reached over 500,000 customers in Ireland, as announced by their newly appointed head of Irish Operations, Joe Heneghan. These figures come amid news that the platform will launch in…

Start-Up Spotlight: MLN

This week on Start-up Spotlight I interviewed Ellen Le Bas, co-founder of MLN (pronounced ‘melon’), a real-time commuting solution for enterprises in the form of carpooling. MLN is run by Ellen, a recent UCD graduate with a Masters in Computer…

Finance Bill 2019: SMEs Rejoice

The recent Finance Bill, which mostly escaped media scrutiny, came as a pleasant surprise to SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprise) in the midst of uncertainty around Brexit and its implications on international tax and intra-group transactions. The Bill postponed the…

Start-Up Spotlight: The Fruit People

This week’s Start-up Spotlight focuses on the office ‘fruit box service’, The Fruit People, who are Ireland’s largest office fruit delivery specialists. Brothers Barry and Brian Dennis founded the company in 2013, a few years after leaving college. As is…

Comment: The Aviation Industry Should Face Steeper Taxes

As most people know by now, Budget 2020 introduced a 30% hike in carbon taxes, from €20 to €26 per tonne of Co2, applicable from October 9th. This is predicted to raise €90 million which is ‘guaranteed to be spent…

Start-Up Spotlight: tribetactics

Welcome to the very first iteration of ‘Start-up Spotlight’, a column where I aim to shed light on the entrepreneurial endeavours of Irish students and recent graduates. In a time where graduate programmes are the norm, it’s refreshing to see…

IASA: Where Your Aviation Career Could Take Off

The Irish aviation industry is renowned worldwide as a centre of excellence and is arguably the pinnacle of this industry worldwide. For such a small country, Ireland is home to the largest aviation lessors and financiers. The sector directly employs…