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This year, series five of RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will include two special feature episodes of Junior Dragons’ Den with some of the brightest minds in Ireland’s secondary schools taking part. Ireland is the first territory to run Juniors Dragons’ Den and the show will be aired on RTÉ 1 this Sunday, April 28th at 9.30pm and again the following Sunday, May 5th at the same time.
Junior Dragons’ Den was conceived as a showcase for the best of Ireland’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Over 340 ideas from across the island were submitted for entry with a shortlist of 190 selected for a series of regional finals and 20 making it through to face the Dragons.
Each of the individuals and teams entering the Den are competing for a €2,000 bursary to use towards their business or to further their education. However, if their pitches are not successful they will leave the Den with nothing. The Dragons will put the young entrepre [...]
A great opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs! Bank of Ireland is sponsoring the fifth cycle of the extremely successful Going for Growth scheme. This programme is also supported by the Equality for Women Measure 2010-2013 andEnterpriseIreland. The Going for Growth business development initiative is designed to support women who are serious about growing their businesses and are the owner manager of a business which has been trading for at least two years. The programme, which involves a time commitment of one half day a month for six months, is free of charge to suitable applicants.
Peter Casey and Barry O’Sullivan join
Ramona Nicholas, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan in the Den
Application’s close Monday 17th December 2012
Log on to www.bankofireland.com/dragons to submit your entryThe fifth series of Dragons’ Den, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will begin filming in the New Year with a brand new line up. Previously announced Ramona Nicholas, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan will be joined by two of Ireland’s top venture capitalists. Peter Casey and Barry O’Sullivan will be bringing the cut and thrust of the American boardroom to the Den. Both businessmen have a proven track record with start ups but will they invest and finance your dream? Enter the Den and convince the Dragons of the merits of your business idea. Crucially, it's the Dragons' own hard [...]
Big congratulations to all Junior Dragons’ Den contestants who took part in the All-Ireland Final on Saturday. We are now delighted to announce the 20 shortlisted business ideas that have been selected to appear in the Den.
All shortlisted contestants will be contacted by Screentime Shinawil in the coming days to talk about what happens next.
Wishing you all the very best of luck in the future. Regardless of the results posted here, we have no doubt that you will go on to become successful entrepreneurs in the future.
The 20 shortlisted business ideas are:
Regina Mundi College, Cork
Our Lady of Mercy Beaumont
Colaiste Choilm, Swords
St Dominics College, Cabra
St. Davids, Greystones, Wicklow
Terenure Colle [...]
Applications for the new series being accepted. Apply Now!
'One idea, one pitch, one deal away from the dream'Dragons' Den, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, is back for a fifth series and our Dragons are looking for would be entrepreneurs, inventors and investment ready business ideas for the brand new series. The pedigree of new Dragon Sean O’Sullivan in Series Four brought a new breed of entrepreneurs to the Den, which saw the calibre of candidates looking for investment moving up a gear. Today one new Dragon was unveiled, ready to search for investment ready ideas from budding entrepreneurs and inventors to invest their own time, money and energies into. Stepping into the Den is Ramona Nicholas. Ramona is 34 years old, a mother and extremely dynamic. She began and runs Cara Pharmacy- which has seen exceptional growth through the recession- with 15 businesses- pharmacie [...]
The introduction of a new Technology visa for Ireland could reap many benefits for the country's economy. The rollout of a Technology Visa would enable talented and skilled workers from around the world to come, work and live in Ireland, allowing them to share their technological skills with the labour force. It is suggested that up to 100,000 new jobs could be generated as a result of the Technology Visa. In addition, the major advantage of this Visa is it costs absolutely nothing to implement.This thought was first introduced by tech investor and RTE Dragon Sean O’Sullivan at his event Open Initiative Ireland in April. Sean O’Sullivan discussed the many benefits of implementing the Technology Visa and how it could be extremely substantial toIreland’s economy. One such benefit would be that we could fill the current skills gap in technology sectors and in turn create spin off jobs. It is no surprise thatIrelandis in n [...]
The allaboutbusiness team met with Sarita Johnston, Senior Development Advisor inEnterpriseIrelandfor HPSUs (high potential start ups) specifically focusing on industrial products and female entrepreneurship. She explained the rationale behind the new €250k Competitive Feasibility Fund fromEnterpriseIrelandaimed at stimulating business start-ups by female entrepreneurs inIreland.
The new fund is the first initiative in a programme of initiatives designed to harness female entrepreneurship and foster new business ideas among women inIreland.
Sarita believes the reason so many women fail to act on their business ideas is due to a lack of confidence and a fear of risk taking which has been proven to be specifically evident among women.EnterpriseIrelandaims to assist in bridging this gap between ambition and fear of risk taking among female entrepreneurs and work with the [...]
We caught up with Michael Lauhoff after the wrap up of Dragons' Den, where he spoke to us about Bank of Ireland's ABC Credit Application process. Michael talks about the lending application process with Bank of Ireland, and how what most people may think is an intimidating and daunting process, is actually quite a simple one.
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Some of the tools mentioned in the video can be found here: http://www.allaboutbusiness.ie/online_business_toolsA- Application The application captures a picture of you and your business, what are your assets and liabilities, the monthly commitments and a basic financial healtcheck B- Business Plan This does not have to be a 30/40 page glossy document, but rather a guide as to [...]
Theme: How technology can help SMEs develop and grow more economically and efficiently Bank of Ireland's Enterprise Week took place from the 18th - 25th May, and kicked off with the launch event hosted at Microsoft’s Head Quarters in Sandyford.http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/workwherever/. The main speakers at the opening event where the Director of Business Banking, Bank of Ireland, Mark Cunningham, Paul Rellis, CEO of Microsoft Ireland and Sean O’ Sullivan, Managing Director of Avego and RTE Dragon, all of which (should this be wh [...]