International opportunities open up for Irish SMEs

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International opportunities open up for Irish SMEs. The World’s largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) has announced a new partnership with 31 Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland.

The Enterprise Europe Network in Ireland is a joint partnership between Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Launched in January, the Network is co-financed under ‘COSME’, the EU funding programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs. The services are tailored for SMEs but ...

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Networking – six ways to network successfully at events

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What are the best ways to win friends and influence people at networking events? Here are six top tips that will prove very useful.

Typically, the end of the year is a busy time in the SME calendar with lots of networking events, and award shows to attend.

So, as a business owner involved in showcasing your company at an event – or as an interested networker, attending an event for business reasons – what’s the best approach to take?

The man who ...

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€100,000 funding on offer to Inventors

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If you make stuff, design things, code things, build things, then the Highway1 PCH accelerator program could be just the thing for you.

In short, it’s an accelerator funding program for inventors.

Each participating company gets €100,000 in exchange for eight percent equity.

“Highway1 is the most rigorous, hands-on hardware program in the world,” says Brady Forrest, vice president of Highway1.

“You can enter with a garage prototype and leave four months later with a fundable, looks-like, works-like prototype.”

Well-known Highway1 ‘alumni’ include companies ...

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New €100 million fund for loans to SMEs

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Small and medium businesses in Ireland will soon have ‘easier access’ to credit, loans that will be guaranteed by the EU. A fund of €100 million is the first step.

A new deal between the European Investment Fund and Bank of Ireland will allow the bank to lend SMEs in Ireland a total of €100 million, over the next two years. Loans of between €25,000 and €7.5 million can be sought.

All the loans will be guaranteed up to 50% by the ...

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