WeWork celebrates the Mavericks and the makers

WeWork is hosting ‘We, the Creators’, a startup event in Dublin in the lead up to its global Creator Awards.
 
In celebration of the 2018 Creator Awards, WeWork Dublin will host an event called ‘We, the Creators’ on August, 29. The Creator Awards, run by WeWork, is a global showcase of the Mavericks and makers who “make it their life’s work to disrupt the ordinary in pursuit of the extraordinary”.
The purpose of the Dublin event is to “inspire people from diverse and different backgrounds to do innovative things with startups”. 
The Dublin panel will be hosted by Newstalk’s, Jessica Kelly (pictured bottom left) and will feature investor, Jamie Heaslip; entrepreneur Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels; and the founder of Metalman Brewery, Gráinne Walsh (pictured right).
You can register here to attend. 
The Creator Awards
If you are interested, you can find more about The Creator Awards here and the $360k in funding that the winners can receive.
About WeWork
WeWork’s first Irish location at Iveagh Court quickly filled up and four further locations have been announced in the past months. These locations include Central Plaza, George’s Dock, Dublin Landings and 5 Harcourt Road.
WeWork, the space and services provider, was founded in 2010 in New York by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey. The business currently has over 253,000 customers using over 280 locations worldwide, from Los Angeles to Jakarta.
 

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One minute interview: Mick Dillon

After selling his car classifieds website in 2016, Mick Dillon founded TrustedPeople.ie shortly afterwards when he was in the process of renovating his home. That was when he had a light-bulb moment.

TrustedPeople.ie is a website for homeowners to view the previous work of builders, interior designers, landscapers, roofers and 20+ other categories of home professionals. “I had difficulties myself in finding competent and capable people to work on my home, and I felt a website showcasing the previous work of builders, carpenters, landscapers and other trades people would be a useful resource,” says Dillon.
“We help homeowners find and assess the most suitable tradespeople for a home related project. The fact that we’re now showcasing over 50,000 photos of completed projects from tradespeople based in Ireland is our main unique selling point (USP).  We also detail how many years a tradesperson is in business, their legal status, qualifications and professional memberships.”
“We started the company out of blood, sweat and tears and the business is self-funded. We hope to launch in the UK within the next 12 months.”
“We help homeowners find and assess the most suitable tradespeople for a home related project”
“The biggest challenge is having the discipline to prioritise the user experience of homeowners, over short-term commercial opportunities. This requires saying ‘no thanks, we don’t want your money’ to tradespeople we feel don’t fit the ethos of the TrustedPeople.ie website.  Also staying focused on developing features that are the most important to the user, and not getting side-tracked by sexy, glamorous tech and features that ultimately do little to improve the user experience.
“I wouldn’t do too many things differently if I was to do it all over again. I made enough mistakes in my first business to last a lifetime. Away from work, my two kids have helped me the most.

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Find the best tradespeople in Ireland

Mick Dillon founded TrustedPeople.ie shortly after he renovated his home. The project gave him his light-bulb moment which he then turned into a business. 

TrustedPeople.ie is a website for homeowners where they can view the portfolio work of builders, interior designers, landscapers, roofers and 20+ other categories of home professionals.
“I had difficulties finding competent and capable people to work on my home, and I felt a website showcasing the previous work of builders, carpenters, landscapers and other tradespeople would be a useful resource,” says Dillon.

What is your USP?
We help homeowners find and assess the most suitable tradespeople for a project. The fact that we’re now showcasing over 50,000 photos of completed projects from tradespeople based in Ireland is our main unique selling point. We also detail how many years a tradesperson is in business, their legal status, qualifications and professional memberships.
How did you fund the business?
We started the company out of blood, sweat and tears and the business is self-funded. We hope to launch in the UK within the next 12 months.
“We help homeowners find and assess the most suitable tradespeople for a project.”
What were the unforeseen challenges?
The biggest challenge is having the discipline to prioritise the user experience of homeowners, over short-term commercial opportunities. This requires saying ‘no thanks, we don’t want your money’ to tradespeople we feel don’t fit the ethos of the TrustedPeople.ie website. Also, staying focused on developing features that are the most important to the user, and not getting side-tracked by sexy, glamorous tech and features that ultimately do little to improve the user experience.
If you were to do it again would you do anything differently?
I wouldn’t do too many things differently if I was to do it all over again. I made enough mistakes in my first business to last a lifetime. Away from work, my two

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ThinkWaterford

What does County Waterford have to offer startups and what supports are available to entrepreneurs in this wonderful county? Ita O’Sullivan explores what’s on offer. 

 

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The ThinkBusiness Show – episode two

Pamela Laird is of the most innovative entrepreneurs ThinkBusiness has interviewed. Here, Pamela gives fascinating insights into how to bootstrap a business and then scale it with a global ambition.
 
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‘Starting a business in Ireland is so much easier’

Luca Micheli moved from his native Rome, Italy, to Dublin to set up a business, Customerly. He has developed iOS apps ever since the App Store opened with his most successful app receiving 6.5 million downloads. This is his story.

 
What is Customerly?
Three years ago, some friends and I started building what Customerly is today. It is an all-in-one platform with a simple goal – to bridge the gap between you and your customers. 
“In Italy, everything is more complex. Here in Ireland, everything is easier.”
What need are you meeting?
Previously, we had to use at least three different tools to run automated marketing campaigns, to help customers online and to run surveys. Those days are over. Customerly users are experiencing huge benefits with the help desk perfectly integrated with their own database and CRM.
With our product you can:

Acquire more leads
Support your users and visitors
Nurture them with automation triggered by their data and behaviour
Collect their feedback
Run surveys

The good news is that you can achieve all of this without importing and exporting data through different services. There are two kinds of people: those who struggle by using three different tools to support, collect feedback and automate their businesses and those who want to keep things simple and in just one place. This is the value that makes Customerly so powerful and unique.
“The good news is that you can achieve all of this without importing and exporting data through different services.”
Was it difficult to set up a business in a new country?
No, not at all. In Italy, everything is more complex. Here in Ireland, everything is easier. I can still remember the first call with my Irish accountant, I was just so astonished by how easy things are here. This is one of the reasons why we chose Ireland to set up our business. Bank

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Diary of a student entrepreneur, Vol. 2

Three student entrepreneurs on the LaunchBox programme at Trinity have agreed to chronicle their adventures, the highs and the lows, as they build their businesses. Here are their second diary entries. 

Lizzy Hayashida, Change Donations
In September 2018, I landed in Dublin to start my MBA at Trinity, and before I knew it, I was boarding a bus to Belmullet with the other 48 students in my cohort.
Day one was about meeting the class of 2018 and learning a bit about Irish history. On day two we were assigned the teams we would be working in for the remainder of the year. It was in this first team assignment that Willie, Amelia and I first met.
We’ve come a long way from the day we first met fresh off the bus in Belmullet. Since then we have gone from having a vision (to digitise the donation process), to creating our company, Change Donations. We have (almost) completed our MBAs and we have been working on the LaunchBox, Trinity’s student accelerator, since early June.
“The best advice we’ve received to date has been the importance of refining our story until we could quickly and easily explain our vision to anyone.”
LaunchBox has been an excellent way for us to really focus on building Change. Probably the most significant benefit from the programme and the best advice we’ve received to date has been the importance of refining our story until we could quickly and easily explain our vision to anyone who was interested (and some who weren’t). The plethora of speakers and mentors that we have had access to has been invaluable, helping us refine our story and ensuring that we stay focused on the core business first.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us, which we have broken down into two-week sprints. Over the

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A founder’s guide – how to start

Maryrose Simpson, the founder of MyLadyBug, which ships to 23 countries, talks about starting a business using the lean startup model. 
In 2012, Maryrose Simpson graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Limerick School of Art and Design, with an ambition to start something of her own. Three years later, from her hometown in Stradbally, Co. Laois she launched MyLadyBug, the first online subscription box model for feminine products.
MyLadyBug celebrates three years in business in July 2018 and is currently delivering to over 23 countries worldwide. Maryrose describes how research and prototyping her product offering, helped her on the path to launching a successful startup.
“I soon realised I had taken what I learnt in college for granted.”

Skillset
Growing up I developed a strong love for technology from an early age, which probably started when my dad brought home, a Windows 95 computer. It wasn’t long before I began negotiating extra time with my siblings, for their allocated slot. I have always been a visual learner with a flair for art, design and problem-solving, and within my family and friends I’m ‘tech support’.
I get my motivation, determination and resilience in life from my Mum and Dad. In 2012, I graduated right when the recession was alive and kicking. I worked three days a week, for a design company that provided a one-stop shop for branding and product design. My time there gave me the knowledge and digital experience of working alongside creative individuals and clients.
I remember one particular client saying to me that, ‘If I had your skill set – I’d set up a business in the morning’. This stuck with me, and I soon realised I had taken what I learnt in college for granted and in a way always looked at it in a way that would get me a

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Diary of a student entrepreneur

Three student entrepreneurs on the LaunchBox programme at Trinity have agreed to chronicle their adventures, the highs and the lows, as they build their businesses.

Cian Fogarty, founder of Greener Globe (Science)
I became an entrepreneur because I want to make the changes I want to see in the world. Too many people say they want something to change but then don’t do anything about it, don’t act. I wanted to be the person to lead that change. I could never see myself in a nine to five job, my goals for life are way too big.
My startup, Greener Globe, is a business that makes environmentally-friendly, innovative products. Our focus at present is tackling the issue of water wastage in the shower through our revolutionary LED timed shower head. We’re working in this market as we believe it’s a way we can help improve the world and still have a growing, profitable business.
“We’ve been in the ‘trough of disillusionment’ for a long time, and it’s definitely a tough time, having your product ready to go but not being able to get it out there.”
LaunchBox has been a fantastic programme for me because at Trinity I study Science, not Business. I wouldn’t change this, because I believe looking at a problem with a scientific mindset is advantageous, but it does mean I have to learn as I go on the business side of things. LaunchBox provides this education, with speakers and seminars, to determine the fundamentals of business which is invaluable for me.
One of the significant challenges we’ve faced so far is getting our product onto shelves. We’ve been in the ‘trough of disillusionment’ for a long time, and it’s definitely a tough time, having your product ready to go but not being able to get it out there. Since the beginning of

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Starting a business while still in a job

The ‘side hustle’ is becoming increasingly popular. Are you thinking of starting a business while still in your day job?
Working a nine to five comes with benefits, and the security of having a steady income can be a ‘deterrent’ to starting a business.
If you decide to leap into entrepreneurship, however, the first thing you must do is to explore if your idea can be turned into a viable business.
First – is your idea viable?
Instead of a long-winded business plan, it is best to start with a Business Model Canvas. You can download one here for free. This will help you validate many of the assumptions you have about your business idea. For example:

What problem does your product solve?
What is your product?
Who are your target customers?
What is unique about it?
How are you planning to distribute your product to customers?
How much revenue can you make?
What are your significant costs?

Next – review your employment contract
Back when you signed your employment contract, was there a clause that prohibits you from setting up a business related to your current role?
You need to review your contract and speak to your employer.
The easiest way to avoid trouble is to make sure you are working on an idea that is unrelated to that of your employer, and to work on your own time and with your computer and phone.
Now – test your idea
To reduce the risk of ‘startup failure,’ you will need to test your concept rigorously. For example, do you have a prototype? Do you know what your customers think?
Customer interview and surveys are now easy to do with tools like SurveyMonkey and the reach given by the social web (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
To put your assumptions to the test, ask potential customers how they would use your service or product to solve their problem. Ask if they

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