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Startups: September 2014

Fast-growing bakeries, compostable bags, whiskey liqueur and tasty tapas

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James Morrissey

James Morrissey has a good business in Dublin, but when it came to putting some serious money down he decided to relocate to New York

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Andrew Murphy

Getting to know his MBA lecturer helped propel Andrew Murphy to becoming a contender for Entrepreneur of the Year

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Startups: August 2014

Social media marketing, spare parts selling, augmented reality and bulk messaging

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Startups: June 2014

Oat cuisine, quiz apps, solar heating and fairy doors

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Startups: May 2014

Wastewater cleaning, local fare, virtual noticeboards and ad-blocking prevention

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Startups: April 2014

Virtual wardrobes, cheese-making, property management and horsebreeding

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Altitude Cycle

Bike specialist Eamon Barrett has stayed the course for a quarter of century. Now he’s facing up to the challenge of coping with the internet

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Michael Smurfit

Michael Smurfit was one of Ireland’s most dynamic businessmen from the 1960s to the 2000s. Takeovers were the secret of his success

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Niall Harbison

Few entrepreneurs write an autobiography in their thirties but Niall Harbison has never lacked self-confidence

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Philip Martin

Past business failures have been grist to the mill for entrepreneur Philip Martin, as he works on making tortillas in Ireland

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Mavenhut

Three Romanian guys landed in Dublin with little cash and an idea for a new take on Solitaire. They clinched €500,000 in venture capital and now they’re a wow on Facebook

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

George O’Connor won a US visa in a lottery and headed off to Boston. Now he’s running the Enterprise Rent-A-Car business in Ireland

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Startups: March 2014

This month's selection of new businesses embraces cloud technology and old-fashioned baking

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Homestay

Headquartered in Dublin, Homestay has raised over €3m in funding as it seeks to rival the likes of Airbnb in the bed-booking space

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Startups: February 2014

Brewing, beauty products and blade sharpeners feature in this month's roundup

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Jim Mansfield

Conor Lenihan recalls the day he prised €8 million from the late Jim Mansfield, an entrepreneur who disliked the fetters of officialdom

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Ramona Nicholas

How did ‘Dragons’ Den’ star Ramona Nicholas and her husband Canice get to own a business with €25m turnover? By not being afraid of leverage

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Wheels Couriers

Wheels Couriers has invested in technology and diversified to keep its business motoring

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Joe.ie

A clever social media strategy enabled Niall McGarry to turn Joe.ie into one of the most clicked-on websites in Ireland

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Suretank

Patrick Joy grossed an estimated €18m when Hitecvision bought into his Suretank firm during the summer. No wonder he’s this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year

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Startups

Some promising startups from around the country

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Cleverbug

Nobody in Ireland has yet cracked the market for a mass-market smartphone app. Kealan Lennon is giving it his best shot with Cleverbug

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Core Media

Advertising spend has been slashed since the recession started but that hasn’t stopped ad agency Core Media powering ahead

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GetBulb

Oliver Mooney is on the cusp of launching a DIY infographic product called GetBulb. Here, he talks about what it’s like on the inside of a startup

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Digital Marketing Institute

With even CEOs desperate to learn about Twitter and Facebook, business is buoyant for the Digital Marketing Institute

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Kinesense

The two founders of Kinesense, both aged 33, have charmed nearly €1 million in risk capital from investors

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Merrion Vaults

Safety deposit boxes have been around for generations. But where do you rent one? Enter two entrepreneurs who have built a new vault in Dublin

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Netwatch

Netwatch is using finance raised under the Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme to expand its business in America

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Brody Sweeney

Brody Sweeney was crushed financially when his O’Brien’s sandwich chain went bust. Now he has bounced back with Camile, a Thai fast food venture

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Ecocem

Ecocem has been an amazing success story for founder Donal O’Riain. Now his son Conor is bringing the cement to the mass market


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