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The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2018

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th March 2018
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition, now in its seventh year, seeks to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills amongst Irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs. The Ireland Funds has partnered with early stage investors NDRC to help irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs to bring ideas to life from concept to pitch. With applications open uuntil noon on Wednes...
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Scalable startups sought for inaugural Ignite NI accelerator programme

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th February 2018
Time is ticking to apply for the inaugural Ignite accelerator programme in Northern Ireland. If you’re a startup looking to raise between £250k - £1m in investment, and in the next 12 months, read on... Ignite, who recently launched its first Accelerator programme in Northern Ireland, are currently on countdown for applications from companies based in NI, Republic of Ireland, Gr...
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Dog Ears Acclaim Continues to Grow in Leaps and Bounds

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th October 2017
From local beginnings, children’s media company Dog Ears continues to grow, with acclaim now coming from as far as China, with a potential Emmy Kids Award to boot... "From little acorns, mighty oak trees grow" (said someone similar, somewhere).  Which leads nicely-ish into our introduction to Dog Ears, a small but growing children's media company based in Derry, Northern Ireland. Acco...
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The Belfast Raise Perks the Interest of Startups and Investors Alike

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th October 2017
Hosted in association with the Northern Ireland Startup Forum and Transmit Startups, a new startup event The Belfast Raise aims to pair startup companies with investors and advisors seeking business opportunities. From early-stage startups to scaleups seeking further rapid growth, the  2nd November event will aim to feature five 15 minute funding pitches and five short and snappy intros from...
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Innovation in Northern Ireland - the latest class of 2017

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th October 2017
Following last week's awards ceremony for Invent 2017 - from Connect at Catalyst Inc. - we thought it was a good opportunity to highlight some of the latest innovations and innovative startups coming out of Northern Ireland. These are only a handful of NI’s numerous worthy startups, inspired specifically by Invent. Evy Winner of the Electronics category, Evy is the brainchild of two electr...
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Neurovalens set to disrupt weight-loss industry after £1.1m funding round

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th July 2017
Neurovalens, a Belfast based healthtech startup that specialises in combining neuroscience and technology to solve health issues, has secured funding of £1.1m – its largest investment to date. Neurovalens, will now launch Modius, a wearable headset device aimed at combining neuroscience & tech to reduce body weight and fat. Neurovalens, a Belfast based healthtech startup that spec...
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Scattr set to make brands 'game' for a pass the parcel style giveaway App

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th April 2017
We took a look at early-stage startup Scattr - the pass the parcel style app that offers users the chance to win brand giveaways from their favourite brands, restaurants and hotels. Scattr embraces the love of sharing, and Scattr users have the opportunity to pass-on the chance of winning, to their friends and family, should they not bag the giveaway themselves. The young Northern Irel...
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Startups to head to Belfast to battle for £150k prize

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th April 2017
Applications are open until the 28th April to apply to pitch at upSTART 2017, the startup pitching battle from Digital DNA, with the fab news that the winner prize fund has increased to a whooping £150k in value. Digital DNA upSTART 2017, launched in partnership with Startacus, are currently on the lookout for the most impressive startup in Europe to win the coveted upSTART 2017 title. In ...
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Demo-day at jailhouse aims to lockdown future startup investment

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd April 2017
Prison walls are never built to scale, but startups are. We took a look over the recent StartPlanetNI demo-day at Crumlin Road Gaol, with their current cohort of startups pitching for their ‘big break’ and to hopefully lockdown future investment... We love a good startup pitch competition or accelerator program demo day here at Startacus HQ. From the bizarre but super 'cool', Polar Be...
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AIB Start-up Academy Summit peaks with over 250 NI Entrepreneurs in attendance

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th February 2017
The AIB Start-up Academy Summit visited Belfast last Thursday evening for the Northern Ireland leg and final stop of its all-Ireland tour which had also visited Galway, Cork and Dublin over the last few weeks. The excellently attended evening event, held in Life Church Belfast, brought together local NI startups and key business influencers for an evening of learning and networking. Bre...
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