Tag Archives: startups

Industrial placement; Unpaid internship or start a business?

A degree of common sense?

As financial pressures continue to bite, and with many more students and graduates chasing after work experience, employers have found themselves in a strong position with regards to offering unpaid work placements.  Many degree courses expect their students to have completed some element of industrial placement enable them to proceed to final year.  In the current environment demand for placements outstrip supply.  Are the universities missing a trick? Continue reading Industrial placement; Unpaid internship or start a business?

Does NI need more business angel networks? Seedcorn deadline approaches

Angel investment gives you wiiiings

While Northern Ireland currently has one very strong angel investor network in Halo does this lack of competition actually hinder our startups chances of securing funding quickly, if at all, rather than help them? Continue reading Does NI need more business angel networks? Seedcorn deadline approaches

Want to start up? You have no idea; Prize available

In my professional and private life I meet many people (me included btw) who would love to start their own business.  All they are missing is that killer idea. Well look no further.  A little reported event this week may just be what you have been looking for. Continue reading Want to start up? You have no idea; Prize available

Invented here syndrome; Demand attention

What is it with the Northern Ireland/British psyche that we are inclined to be derogatory about stuff, policy, ideas, innovations and such like that are thought up within the confines of ‘our wee country’ or the shores that make up these islands?

We fail to support and nurture that talent and believe that it is good enough to play on the national stage, never mind the global one.  Couple that with the penchant for feigning over things thought up in other countries and you have well and truly got on my goat.

Rory Cellan-Jones blog “Attention, please, for UK startups” hit a bit of a raw nerve when I read it.  To say I was incandescent with rage is a huge overstatement.  I was certainly remotely perturbed at what he was saying to say the least.

Continue reading Invented here syndrome; Demand attention