Galway company Altocloud has been chosen as one of 30 high potential Irish Startups selected by Google Ireland to participate in its Adopt a Startup programme.
Altocloud will now receive twelve weeks of mentoring by a dedicated Google support team. The team will work with the Galway company to develop and improve their overall business strategy and at the end of the twelve weeks they will be invited to take part in a Dragons Den style competition.
“The principal aim of our Adopt a Startup programme is to assist Startups to develop their business strategies and provide them with hands-on support and advice on how they can take their enterprises even further,” explains Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programme.
“Now in its fourth year, this is a highly effective and successful initiative for Google in Ireland. Over two cycles of the program in 2015 we had 16 finalists and a total of 52 Startup participants. Many of these companies have gone on to raise significant capital funding and greatly increased their employee numbers.
“This programme is a further opportunity for Google to support the Irish Startup ecosystem in a meaningful way. The calibre of participants in the spring programme is very strong and it’s great to see that close to half of the companies are based outside of Dublin with a large number headed by female founders and co-founders,” he added.
Previous participating companies including Bizimply, FoodCloud, Jobbio and Beats Medical have all taken the skills developed during the mentoring programme back into their companies and their continuing success is well documented. For example Bizimply recently raised €2 million in investment funds and announced plans to open an office in the UK.
Each of the Startups will receive twelve weeks’ hands-on mentoring, access to an exclusive lecture series at Google offices and Google Apps for Work licenses, free for a year.
Successful Startups will also get the opportunity to pitch their developed business plans and results of the program to members of Google Ireland’s leadership team as well as prominent figures from the Irish Startup Community at a Grand Final in Google’s European Headquarters in July.
Why NUI Galway is the University of choice for 2022
It’s a time in our lives that many of us can relate to. Life after the Leaving Cert. When what feels like all the studying in the world is narrowly behind you and all of a sudden, you’re faced with one of the most important decisions of your life. As daunting as it can be, choosing where to study can become one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make.
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NUI Galway, recently awarded the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2022, is a place where you can take the weight of potential from your shoulders and plant it in fertile soil. The diversity, dynamism, and direction, embodied in the culture of this city, is plain to see reflected within the historic walls of its prestigious and proud university.
Situated in the heart of Galway city, renowned for its natural beauty, students at the university can benefit from a place famed for its creativity, become empowered by values of excellence and sustainability, and truly contribute to a lasting vision for the future. With world class teaching, offering a wide-ranging array of subjects that seek to take on the most significant contemporary and future challenges facing humanity.
To lend NUI Galway’s weight to the welfare of the planet, a research and innovation strategy, including decarbonisation, antimicrobial resistance and the health of our oceans and coasts, will champion interdisciplinary breakthroughs in collaboration with over 3000 international institutions in 114 different countries. By doing so, traditional boundaries can be bypassed, and research processes previously bogged down by these hurdles can be propelled thanks to digitalisation and technological innovations.
A thriving student community awaits, ranked in the top 30 most beautiful campuses in Europe, welcoming students from all over the world. The west of Ireland is a place for the untamed mind to truly explore, both academically and culturally, but the sense of togetherness and collaboration that students will experience can be the bond, forming friendships that last a lifetime.
NUI Galway degree courses have adapted in an instinctive way to a world interrupted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and, in many cases, allowing students to study subjects from a broad context for the first year, getting a feel for them before specialising later. This energising approach to study has proved to be not only popular, but hugely effective in navigating the challenges of the career street map.
Studying with NUI Galway goes beyond the time you spend on campus and surrounding areas. Students will be immersed in world-class teaching programmes, learning from expert academics and gaining new skills and perspectives, ensuring they are among the most employable graduates anywhere and setting them apart in the world of work. With an alumni network of over 100,000 worldwide, opportunities for placement abroad are also a great way to further prepare you for the world and your chosen workplace.
Surrounding yourself with exceptional facilities and technology, immersing yourself in a research ecosystem that informs industry, and setting your creative spirit free in a place of natural wonder are, in isolation, resounding reasons to choose NUI Galway as a place to take the next steps in your life’s adventure.
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Fears on inflation and supply
Inflation – general and wages – along with supply chain issues are the issues of most concern to a majority of business leaders as their organisations face into 2022.
That’s according to the latest quarterly research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland, which has also found that a majority of business leaders remains optimistic about the financial performance of their primary organisation in both Q1 2022 and, indeed, for the year 2022.
The advance findings of the IoD’s latest Director Sentiment Monitor survey for Q4 2021, to be published in January, found that 86% of the business leaders are concerned that general inflation will negatively impact the financial performance of their primary organisation in Q1 2022.
And 83% of the survey’s respondents fear that wage inflation will impact staff retention and staff recruitment over that same first quarter.
Nearly a third say their business model has been adapted for supply chain issues – but two-thirds remain concerned regarding their primary organisation and its supply chain issues for the end of 2021.
Again, 34% of respondents say supply chain issues are impacting their ‘bottom line’ for 2021 – and 46% of the business leaders are concerned that there will be supply chain issues for their primary organisation in 2022.
Galway reigns on Weather Network
Tourism Ireland in Canada is teaming up with The Weather Network, in a new collaboration to promote Galway and Ireland.
The partnership involves four new short videos, which airs on the Weather Network this month and will be seen by around ten million people across Canada. It will also include an episode of the channel’s podcast, This Day in Weather History, which was released on December 21.
The Weather Network is a hugely popular TV channel in Canada, and channel host Chris Mei and producer Nora Jartan have been filming in Galway – as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland – capturing lots of great content in Galway city and at Katie’s Claddagh Cottage.
They also visited Galway Bay and enjoyed an overnight stay in the Park House Hotel, as well as dinner in McSwiggan’s.
The videos and podcast will also be promoted extensively on The Weather Network’s digital and social media platforms.
Sandra Moffatt, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, described the Weather Network’s podcast as another great platform to promote Ireland.
“Our aim is to showcase our rich culture and heritage, as well as spectacular landscapes, to potential Canadian holidaymakers for Ireland. Our message is that we cannot wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome back Canadian visitors in 2022,” she said.