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Start-Ups and Space Flights

I’ve just read Chris Hadfield’s excellent book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. You may remember Chris as the guy who sang David Bowie’s A Space Oddity on board the International Space Station in 2013. In An Astronaut’s Guide … Continue reading

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship At UCC In March

There is so much happening in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus over the next month or so, I thought it would be worth pulling it all together. This week kicks off with UCC Entrepreneurial & Social Society’s … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Customer Interview

Some great advice on getting to the core of the customers’ problems from Raomal Perera of LeanDisruptor. Customer interviewing is undoubtedly a skill, and there are many benefits derived from good questioning and framing techniques. Yet, so many of us … Continue reading

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Men Wanted …. for Hazardous Journey

I thought that would grab your attention? But probably for the wrong reason. ‘Men wanted for hazardous journey’ is the open phrase of the newspaper advertisement that was reputedly placed by Ernest Shackleton to recruit for his ill-fated South Pole expedition. ‘Men … Continue reading

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Want to build a start-up business network?

‘Wasn’t he very lucky that he met that investor.’ or ‘Wasn’t she lucky, the way that customer contacted her out of the blue.’  How often have you heard comments like that about successful business owners? But all too often it’s … Continue reading

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Startups! Forget Your Business Plan For Now!

People are often surprised when they hear that we don’t require a business plan as part of the IGNITE application process. We subscribe to the view that unless someone has actually developed a product concept: a prototype, a demo, a … Continue reading

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Profit without Passion?

Great insights from Greg Originally posted on Greg Canty Fuzion Blog: These two guys came into us, full of confidence about their new project. They were introducing a new range of ready made meals to the Irish market, which they … Continue reading

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5 Questions Every Start-up Should Answer

One of the highlights of my job as Director of the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme at University College Cork is that almost every day I meet young people with wonderful ideas for new products and services. Often they have … Continue reading

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Why I left my career as an Alumni Director and joined KonnectAgain

Another big step forward for KonnectAgain when they announced that they hired Liza Bennigson, Alumni Director at Menlo School, as Business Development Director in USA. This should allow KonnectAgain access an exciting export market. There’s a great piece here that tells the … Continue reading

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IGNITE is now open for Expressions of Interest

It’s that time of year again when we invite Expressions of Interest from anyone considering applying for IGNITE 2016. The EOI doesn’t require much information but it is a great way to clarify your idea and how you think the … Continue reading

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