ITNorthWest Voice

This is a blog for all the technology entrepreneurs based in the North West of Ireland - musings about our business, companies, interests, trends and any other random thing that hits us.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Business startup assistance - Enterprise Ireland programme

In response to some queries, if your interested in starting your own technology business, which has the potential for export and employment growth, you should check out the Enterprise Ireland EPP programme. See details here "This is a one-year full-time professional training and enterprise support programme aimed at the needs of entrepreneurs in a business start-up situation."

Friday, October 29, 2004

BES back online

The European commission has allowed the re-introduction of BES and Seed capital relief - see press release here also report on the story here This is good news for high tech startup companies who are looking to get early investment into their companies

Thursday, October 28, 2004

A classic story of opportunity creating opportunity

Joe Klaus (founder of Excite) and now the wiki startup JotSpot has a great story on his blog about how opportunity creates opportunity

Microsoft launch website to assist startups

Microsoft has launched a new website that assists startups. Mission The Microsoft Emerging Business Team (EBT) works with venture capitalists (VCs) and start-up companies worldwide to enable innovation and accelerate the software ecosystem. The Microsoft EBT mission is to identify and facilitate opportunity for start-ups and VCs, acting as the single point of contact and accountability to Microsoft. Quite a few of the ITNorthWest group avail of the Empower programme

Sales - New sales book from Irish authors

Donal Daly and Paul O'Dea have just launched a new sales book - "Select Selling" Some great worksheets are available on the Select selling website

Skilnets training programme for software businesses

The Irish Software Association (ISA) are now taking bookings for the next round of Skillnets training commencing in October. "The ISA Skillnet is now seeking members from the software sector who wish to join our network. As a member you will personally benefit from over €5250 worth of training, business development and networking for a membership fee of only €1800"

Monday, October 25, 2004

John Sheil of EVP meets group

John Sheil of Executive Venture Partners gave a presentation to the group on the 20th of October, 2004 John gave an excellent presentation, with plenty of insights and advice (based on real life experiences) on how we can all build successful companies One of the many recommendations that John outlined, was for all the particpants at the presentation to fill out the EVP Biz plan template - see here

Founding Members

The founding members of the IT NorthWest forum are Cora Systems - Carrick-On-Shannon InternetAlia - Donegal Hookablemedia - Sligo Infacta - Sligo Enookdesign - Sligo Eointec Solutions - Sligo SL Control - Sligo OmniScience - Sligo Dr. Myles Sweeney - Mayo The group is supported by the Enterprise Ireland - Sligo Office


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