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How Creativity Sparks Entrepreneurialism

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st October 2014
By Janice Valentine If you consider culture as being the realm into which all sorts of creative streams flow, then there’s much evidence to say that having a rich cultural realm can benefit the business community. Why? Well because these days thriving business communities are those whose employees are innovative. And to be innovative you need to be creative. But not everyone thinks they ar...
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The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2015

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th October 2014
Since we’re slap bang in the middle of our Startup Cities focus on Dublin, we thought there’d be no better time to highlight the fact that The Irish Times Innovation Awards are back and open for business! For the past five years, the awards have been seeking to celebrate and showcase all things innovative throughout the island of Ireland and this year is no different! Entries are cur...
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Airstoc - A New Angle on Photography

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th October 2014
The first time we heard the term, ‘Drone Footage’ it was with a pause of scepticism that we hastily proceeded to research further, this unlikely sounding new filming technique. Its ultra-modern name is perhaps a mixed blessing. The adventurer in us was suitable intrigued by its sci-fi suggestiveness, but the cynic hastened to think ‘it’s just a techno fad, it will pass&rsq...
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Don't Walk - Dance Instead!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th October 2014
Urban safety just got a little less woefully dull and a lot more entertaining for the residents of the Portuguese Capital Lisbon. Instead of being faced with a functional, albeit tedious, static ‘don’t walk’ man, pedestrians at this crossing the centre of the city were treated to a quirky surprise.  Their little inert man had been replaced by a highly amusing dancing one. ...
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Using Minecraft to Learn Through Games - We Chat to MinecraftEdu

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th September 2014
The very same day that I had arranged a chat with Santeri Koivisto the Co-owner and CEO of TeacherGaming LLC, the company behind MinecraftEdu, fellow Co-Founder Joel Levin had tweeted “For reference, $2.5 Billion is what it cost to send the Curiosity Rover to Mars.”  That tweet was in reference to the news that Minecraft had been reportedly acquired by Microsoft (heard of ‘...
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Seedcamp Drills cash into 7 Super Startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2014
They’re at it again… Seedcamp that is, who have once again announced big funding for 7 exciting UK startups! Seedcamp (for those of you giving your screen a puzzled head-tilt) is an early-stage startup seed investment fund and mentoring programme, which completes a round of funding at various locations across Europe annually. They dish out investment of up to £150,000 in exch...
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Startup of the Week - Bibblio

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2014
Whilst formal education has its place, there can be no denying that the internet has opened up a whole new way of learning for us all. Whether that entails watching a YouTube video or looking at a Slideshare presentation, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Of course with the plethora of resources which exist, trawling through to find the right content for you can be both daunting and ...
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Win a ticket to Dublin’s Web Summit via Startacus!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2014
Many tech / startup themed events flatter to deceive - in fact Startacus have been to a few. But when you say. ‘Dublin. Web. Summit’ (ideally in that order), the ears prick up. You can’t help but think it’s a little different, there’s no need for much of a media spin - but an awful lot bigger and more special. So when the good folk at the Web Summit offered two Start...
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From Hobby to Exporting Start-up Business - We chat with Harch Wood Couture

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th August 2014
Harch Wood Couture is a family startup business based in Northern Ireland’s County Tyrone that designs and hand sculpts wooden homeware products including chopping and serving boards. Much like our recently featured NI start-ups Receet and Sixty-5, Co-Founder Orlagh McVeigh is participating in Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme, an intensive 12-month accelerator, aimed at ...
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3D Printing; Futuristic, Cost Effective, Business Solution?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th August 2014
In recent months, you’ve probably heard of the phenomenon of 3D printing that’s taken the internet and innovators by storm. Well, we at Startacus think it’s high time to look at startups and products that are making use of the fact that 3D printing is becoming more and more cost effective, week by week. What is 3D Printing?   For those of you who don’t know, 3D P...
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