Archive for November, 2010

Irish Company Develops Parental Protection App Against Cyberbullying

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

More and more parents are purchasing phones for their children and with Christmas approaching lots of children are asking for phones from santa. However there are potential dangers for children with mobiles and with the growing numbers of cases of cyber bullying, grooming and sexting how do parents really know that their children are safe on their mobiles.

An Irish company has developed a parental supervision platform for mobiles called mobile minder. The mobileminder application gives parents peace of mind when it comes to their children and their mobile phones. It allows a parent to supervise remotely, their children’s mobile activities including calls and texts.

It even goes further by providing a system that will notify parents to texts with specific words. This covers any signs of cyber bullying, sexting or unusual behaviour.

Mobileminder’s location system allows parents to know where their children are at any time. So now parents, no longer must rely on a call or text to know if they have arrived at their destination. Currently this app is running on Google Android phones but other versions of the application are being developed.

The developers of this app are Associate Mobile, a mobile apps company that the Ryan Academy has been doing some mentoring with and we love their product! With a rise in these issues with younger children, we believe this is a useful application that can be downloaded for a 14 day free use before deciding to buy the app.


Think you are talking to an Investor? Think again

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Due to the fact that the Ryan Academy works with lots of early stage companies, we hear lots of stories. The well-worn one is ‘We are talking to a potential investor.’ Indeed.

For some reason, due to ego or hubris or just plain weirdness, there are a lot of people around this town that claim to be investors. I know some of them and have heard or met many others. They raise hopes and often string startups along for months on ends (I heard of one that had been ‘negotiating’ with one such phantom investor for over six months). But these Phantom Investors turn out not to actually have any money and it all ends up in unreturned emails and phone calls.

So how do you check to see if these investors are real or not? Here are some questions you need to ask in that first meeting (remember the deal goes both ways, you have to be happy with them and they have to be happy with you, so asking questions is not a sin):

– When was the last investor deal they did?

– Who was it with?

– How much was it for?

– What sectors do they invest in? (Most investors have a comfort zone of areas they like and/or understand, like gaming or mobile or enterprise software)

Real investors should be able to give you these answers, and even if they are shy of publicity the real ones will give you enough information to check out the facts. Organisations like the HALO business angel network are helping to shine a light in this sector now, even if their investors want to stay below the radar they should be able to clarify if there a bona fide or not. Do your homework.

Social Enterprise Module This Week

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Workshop: Social Enterprise Development’ – Module

Duration: 2 Day Workshop

Date: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December 2010

Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Venue: DCU Ryan Academy, 3013 Lake Drive,

Citywest Business Campus

Cost: €100 to Skillnet Members €200 to non-Members (per day)

To book a place:

E: niamh.collins@ryanacademy.dcu.ieCall (01) 700 6762


Breakfast Briefing with GM of Hewlett Packard

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

There are places available to attend the following breakfast briefing with Lionel Alexander, VP and GM of Hewlett Packard (Manufacturing) Ltd on 1st December.

Workshop: Breakfast Briefing’

Speaker:     Lionel Alexander, Vice President & General Manager

Hewlett Packard (Manufacturing) Ltd

Date: Wednesday 1st December 2010

Time: 8.30 am – 10.30 am

Venue: DCU Ryan Academy, 3013 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus

Cost: 25 to Skillnet Members €50 to non-Members

Topic: “The importance of multinationals and foreign direct business for our economy and how Small businesses and multinationals can work together to achieve business growth”.

To book a place:

E: – Call (01) 700 6762.


'Green Way' Green Economic Zone Unveiled in Dublin

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Industry, academic institutions and local authorities have joined forces to develop Ireland’s first Green Economic Zone, An tSlí Ghlas- The Green Way, launched today by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at a reception hosted by Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University.

An tSlí Ghlas -The Green Way – which already has a number of enterprises and projects established – has been initiated by a powerful alliance of businesses, academic institutions and local authorities including Ballymun Regeneration, Dublin Airport Authority, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council and North Dublin Chamber.

The goal of An tSlí Ghlas-The Green Way is to position Ireland as a centre of Cleantech innovation and enterprise which will link business to investors and develop trade partnerships with other major international green corridors such as the US East Bay Green Corridor Partnership and Lahti Cleantech Science Park in Finland.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner said, “We are ambitious – we need innovation in every walk of life, not just in the laboratory or the factory. Not just in the most prosperous regions, but in cities and rural areas across the whole Euorpean Union. Not just research-driven innovation, but innovation in business models, management structures and processes, design and marketing”.

An tSlí Ghlas- The Green Way was conceived in response to the 2009 Report of the Government’s High-Level Action Group on Green Enterprise which stated that “Ireland needs to develop one or more green zones in order to create an environment that can support the development of green enterprise and be used to market Ireland overseas”.

Speaking at the launch, Dublin City University President, Professor Brian MacCraith said, “We are very confident about the success of this exciting venture for many reasons. In particular our real point of difference is that the key constituents and assets are already in place, and we are ready to do business with a team of partners all sharing a common goal and vision.

“DCU and DIT have a long and established tradition of engagement with industry and our links with business are well regarded both in Ireland and overseas. An tSlí Ghlas – The Green Way, drawing on our collective research expertise, will become a focused, internationally recognised hub for Cleantech businesses.”MacCraith said.

Online Giving Platform raises 125K Euros

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Online charity MyGoodPoints is announcing today €125,000 funding from The Community Foundation for Ireland. The money will be given to the new Irish charity over two years, €25,000 every six months. We are particularly happy about this in the Ryan Academy as we have used Killian Stokes, the founder and CEO, as a speaker (he is excellent btw) many times, and we have advised as part of our virtual social enterprise incubator over the last year or so (one of many supporters of Killian and his team).

Founder and CEO of Killian Stokes

This money will go towards helping to continue to develop and complete their online donation platform and to formally launch their charity to the Irish public in 2011.

CEO and Co-Founder of, Killian Stokes commented “This is exciting news that will enable us to grow as an interactive online charity. Especially in a time when there is less money available to charities. MyGoodPoints will ensure that there is greater transparency and accountability on every euro donated by the public so that more is achieved with less; as each  euro a person donates goes directly to fund the charity project of their choosing.”

Free Entrepreneurship Event on 9th Dec for Recent Graduates

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship is running a one-day Workshop on entrepreneurship, free of charge, for unemployed graduates in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Union of Students in Ireland. The Workshop will take place on the 9th December, in the Mansion House, from 10am-4pm, where graduates will learn practical skills to start their own companies. There will be an opportunity for attendees to network with each other after the event.

In the morning session, attendees will learn how to start their own business from Gordon McConnell of the DCU Ryan Academy. They will also hear from successful business people who started their own companies. After lunch, the attendees will be broken up into smaller working groups to learn Worksearch 2.0 and networking skills. There will be a keynote speech from another successful entrepreneur before the Workshop ends and those who wish to stay to network and discuss ideas with each other will be welcome to do so.

For more information or to enrol in the Workshop, please email your name, address and phone number to Emma at: or call 222 6256. There will be a limited number of places so enrol early to guarantee a place.