George Moore, a US-based specialist in the field of data/precision analytics, has been announced as the technology Start-up Ambassador for the US, as part of its strategy to promote Ireland and to encourage overseas entrepreneurs to locate their start-up businesses in Ireland. This follows on from earlier appointments of Start-Up Ambassadors for key markets in the UK, China and Middle East, and for the life sciences sector in the US.
Mr Moore is a pioneer in the development of real time analytics and information technology for business applications, with many years experience in the region. He has particular expertise in the area of consumer scoring technologies for real time applications in the telecom, media, and retail industries. He will now bring this vast experience to working closely with Enterprise-Ireland to highlight Ireland and what it has to offer for technology start-ups.
This announcement marks the fifth international start-up ambassador appointed by Enterprise Ireland over the past year. It follows on the appointment of Dylan Collins for the UK market, Paul Kenny for the Middle East, Liam Casey for the Greater China Region, and Dr Art Rosenthal as Life Sciences Start-up Ambassador for the US.
The announcement follows on the launch late last year of a dedicated €10 million International Start-Up Fund to target investor ready overseas entrepreneurs to start their business inIreland. Administered by Enterprise Ireland, the fund is open to company promoters anywhere in the world, but is targeted particularly at the Irish Diaspora, international expatriates, the ‘New Diaspora’ (people from overseas who have previously worked or studied in Ireland), as well as serial and mobile entrepreneurs.
Lorcan O’Sullivan, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Overseas Entrepreneurship Department, said: ‘We are delighted to have a high profile figure such as George Moore as a US Ambassador for Enterprise Ireland’s international start-ups programme. George has not only experience of running large multinational operations, he has also extensive knowledge of start-ups as an investor. An increasing number of mobile international entrepreneurs are coming to Ireland as their location of choice to start a new business. The volume of enquiries is double that of last year and this is certainly encouraging for us. It is a tremendous boost to have a person of the calibre of George Moore, with his extensive experience and business networks and based locally in the US, who can support this programme and share his experience with other US entrepreneurs looking to start up in Ireland’.
George Moore added:
‘No one ever started a large company! All companies including such Fortune 500 companies as HP, Intel, Microsoft and Google were start-ups and all began as an idea with smart people, experienced advisors, luck, and access to capital. I look forward to working with Enterprise Ireland to drive entrepreneurial enterprises to Ireland’.
To find out more about the International Start-Up Fund and Ireland as a location for your business visit: www.startinireland.com
Looking at where VCs are putting their money is an easy way to identify sectors with perceived growth potential. The Affordable Care Act (known affectionately as “Obamacare”); a new additional 2.3% medical device tax; and continued uncertainty about the FDA approval process has led to big drop in VC funding dollars in the US life sciences industry in 2012. In fact, PwC have estimated that the medical device industry is down 30% in VC funding dollars and 22% in VC deals in Q2 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Remarkably, it does not seem that these challenges have impacted digital health, connected health, health technology or whatever term you might prefer to use. At the Health 2.0 San Francisco Fall event, the digital health accelerator RockHealth declared that VC funding dollars had increased by 70% and that VC deals had increased by 84% in Q3 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
So it should not be surprising that when Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick proclaimed that the third week in October would be known as “Innovation Week” in Boston that it was centered around two large health technology events.
The focus on the role of technology in healthcare began with a two-day event in the Massachusetts State House. The extensively named, “EU-US eHealth Marketplace & 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly” was organised by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECH Alliance), the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection (NIMAC) and EU Commission. Essentially, the purpose of the event was to encourage the development of collaborations between the US and Europe in the area of connected health.
Among the attendees with a link to Enterprise Ireland were Irish companies SilverCloud Health and Cara Wellness whom exhibited and pitched their offerings at the assembly of 300 health tech executives, financiers, policy makers and health tech enthusiasts.
Headquartered in the National Digital Research Centre in Dublin, SilverCloud Health has a platform that allows healthcare providers and organisations to rapidly introduce health and wellness programs to their clients.
Through the collaboration of CASALA, ADA and Rigney Dolphin; CARAwellness has a technology that allows users gather information about their health from several technology sources so that they can keep an eye on their wellbeing and allow them share it with their carers. CARAwellness are able to do this through the use of medical technology, such as blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and sensors.
It was not just Irish health tech companies represented though – to promote eHealth Week 2013, Ciaran Cannon, T.D., Minister of State for Training and Skills concluded the two-day seminar with an invitation to all participants and their peers to come to the new convention centre in Dublin next May for the event – one of many conferences coinciding with Tourism Ireland’s “The Gathering 2013”.
Next up was the main event, the Connected Health Symposium 2012 presented by Partners HealthCare – the not-for-profit health care system that was founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Connected Health Symposium prides itself on being the place where healthcare and technology collide – and they’ve been colliding annually for 9 years now in Boston. The discussions ranged from the policy driving “meaningful use” to discussions on how Americans are embracing solutions for health and wellness voluntarily – an estimated 60% of US adults are tracking their weight, diet or exercise routine voluntarily (albeit about half of these engaged Americans are what Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet & American Life Project described as “self trackers” – those who track their health using the popular “skinny jeans test”).
There’s a lot happening in health tech in the US at the moment and next year at eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin, Ireland Inc. will have its opportunity to showcase what the Irish health tech community can bring to the table.
Picture above is the main hall in the Massachusetts State House at the EU-US eHealth Marketplace & 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly.
Tanco Autowrap began producing light engineering products in the early 1960s. Today, Tanco Autowrap produces the widest range of quality agricultural wrapping machinery in the world, exporting them to over 30 countries worldwide.
Tanco is committed to developing innovative agricultural wrapping machinery and agricultural machinery implements distinguished by high performance, durability and functionality.
Tanco Autowrap in conjunction with their importer Hamilton Equipment, Ephrata, PA wishes to appoint a Product Manager to increase sales of Tanco Bale Wrapping machines and implements.
This is a new and exciting position that will require frequent travel around the East Coast & Midwest and strong sales skills to sell Tanco’s products to existing, and new dealers.
If you have a lot of drive and energy, a strong sales record with proven results in the agricultural equipment or power equipment industry, are a self-starter with strong prospecting and closing skills, and like to travel (car) several weeks each month, Tanco Autowrap would like to hear from you.
This is a full-time position with training provided, great working environment, growth opportunities, company paid car, health insurance, 401K, etc.
Launching today is a new online resource directory for tech companies entering the US market. TechResources.us provides Irish technology companies doing business in the US with trusted and up-to-date information and connections to essential in-market resources, services and supports. These include accelerators, professional services providers, networking groups, investors, co-working spaces, conferences, online resources and academic research centres.
At the launch Nick Marmion, Head of Software with Enterprise Ireland’s Americas team said:
It can be challenging for Irish companies to find relevant and trusted resources using an online search so we’re offering clients this tailored directory as a starting point. The aim of the directory is to help Irish companies to understand and connect with the market before they even leave Ireland.
From there, Enterprise Ireland’s team in America can help clients to hone their market entry strategy and introduce them to the decision makers and relationships they’ll need to accelerate their growth over time”.
The directory was developed by MarketSprint, a market entry consulting firm based in New York and has been customised specifically to the needs of Irish technology exporters.
There are currently over 1,600 qualified resources in the TechResources directory and users can search by location, vertical market or resource type and refine their search using keywords. Directory entries are enhanced with one-click connections to key people or communities via Linkedin, Twitter, phone or email.
In addition to offering clients quick access to market knowledge, the TechResources directory encourages Irish tech companies to share their knowledge and expertise with each other.
As Nick explains:
Clients can use the directory to share their own favourite US resources, and they’ll get credit for doing so. This is an opportunity to create a community of Irish knowledge around the practical resources needed for US market entry.
Access to the directory requires a sponsor code. To get yours please email Request@TechResources.US using your company email address.
Enterprise Ireland, a government organization responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, wants to see technology companies from the Emerald Isle make it onto the global stage.
This full page interview by Andrew Berg in the CTIA Show Daily showcases some of the clients on the Ireland Pavilion at CTIA 2012.
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Idiro Technologies provide predictive analytics for companies with large customer networks particularly telecoms, social networking sites and online gaming providers.
Idiro’s award-winning software service is used by its customers to predict consumer behaviour, acquire customers, drive revenues and many other marketing / CRM applications.
Idiro Technologies are looking for an experienced Oracle developer/DBA to join their development team in Dublin (Ireland) city centre.
The job offers the successful candidate the opportunity to take a leading role in the design & development of Idiro’s award winning social network analysis platform. You will work in a small team and will be expected to take a proactive role in driving innovation and quality within the company.
AER Sustainable Energy is an industrial biotech company based in Dublin, Ireland. Through partnerships with leading global energy and nutrition companies, AER are commercialising a unique enzyme technology which disruptively reduces the cost of production for algae-based biofuels and human nutritional products.
Title: Head of Business Development
Summary role description: Reporting to the CEO, your focus will be to build strong commercial relationships with global customers in the energy and food sectors. You will have primary responsibility for leading all revenue-generating activities with existing customers, and winning new customers. The role will involve extensive travel.
· Third-level qualification in business, law, science, engineering or similar. MBA an advantage.
· 10+ years of experience in a sales or business development role, with track record of rapid progression & delivery of challenging targets.
· Experience in negotiating complex commercial agreements in a high-tech environment.
· Existing global network of influential contacts in the energy, food or industrial biotech sectors.
· Prior knowledge of industry dynamics in the enzyme, algae biofuels and/or nutrition sectors is a plus.
Contact information: Email CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Download full job description from: http://www.aer.ie/resources/headofbusinessdevelopment.pdf
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Location: The Dogwood Room,
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709
8.45am -11.30am: Life Sciences Networking Event
An Irish delegation is embarking on an upcoming trade mission to strengthen economic and trade ties between North Carolina and Ireland. A key element to the Mission is a Life Science networking and partnering event to take place at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The life Science event will showcase 14 of Ireland’s visiting high technology Life Science companies (Pharma and Medical Device click Enterprise Ireland Companies to view each company). The event will take place in an informal networking environment with table top displays by the guest companies. North Carolina Life Science companies are welcome to come and meet the visiting Irish companies to discuss their technologies, the life science sectors in North Carolina and Ireland, new developments in the sectors, collaboration and supplier opportunities.
The event will be opened by remarks from the Irish Government Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. and Richard Stack, President, Synecor. This event will start at 8.45am and give the opportunity for meetings and informal networking between North Carolina based and the visiting Irish companies.
You are warmly invited to come along and meet examples of technologies from the burgeoning Irish Life Science sector and network with the visitors and local colleagues.
Please RSVP to: Eoin.Moore@Enterprise-Ireland.com. For more information, please call: Eoin Moore on 212 546 0470
Calling Irish Entrepreneurs to apply to the Citrix Startup Accelerator -
The Citrix Startup Accelerator Global Challenge 2011 - searching for the best entrepreneurs internationally where Citrix will invest up to $400k as well as time and resources.
Citrix are looking for:
- Innovative business solutions using cloud computing
- An idea around a solution that also uses mobile platforms (we’re particularly interested in the combination of cloud + mobile)
- A superior user experience based on insights into human behavior
- Emphasis on solving business problems and/or simplifying our digital lives (work + play)
- A compelling business plan and scalable business model
While the Citrix Startup Accelerator center is located in Silicon Valley they have a global innovation footprint. For the Global Challenge 2011 Citrix are reaching out to entrepreneurs in Europe and other regions.
More information can be found at citrixstartupaccelerator.com