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Galway to mark National Women’s Enterprise Day

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Preparing for the West Region National Women’s Enterprise Day were (from left) Louise Ward from LEO Roscommon; Tanya Whyte from LEO Mayo; Paula Devaney from LEO Galway; Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Bakery; Loretta Ní Ghabháin of Lorg Media; Caroline McDonagh, LEO Galway; Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, LEO Galway, with (front) Ricky Conneely, LEO Galway.

The Local Enterprise Office Galway will celebrate the success stories of Irish female entrepreneurs at the West Region National Women’s Enterprise Day event in the g Hotel next Wednesday.

The aim of also to encourage more women across the region to access enterprise supports for starting or growing a business

“The LEO Galway supports women to start innovative businesses with the potential to export and employ more people. NWED West is targeted at inspiring women to further develop and grow their own businesses by engaging with the key speakers and panellists on the day,” said Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway, Breda Fox.

Attendees will get to meet Aisling Hanley of Keenwah Quinoa and Aisling’s Bakery who is the Ambassador for the West Region event.

Aisling’s Artisan Bakery based in Headford supplies the top supermarkets in Mayo and Galway including Joyce’s, Supervalu and Dunnes with a range of handcrafted artisan breads and confectionary daily.

As a health conscious mum of five children she wanted to give her babies the best start in life by feeding them a nutritious weaning food. She was frustrated by the choice of bland processed cereals available on supermarket shelves for baby’s first food. She identified a gap in the babyfood market for quinoa organic baby food and Keenwah Quinoa was born.

Other speakers include Natasha Fennell, Snapchat Queen Karen Blissbakery from London and award winning Fashion Accessories Designer Úna Burke based in South London.

Mentoring workshops are available throughout the day and there are networking opportunities with both the guest speakers and other attendees all day.

Tickets for National Women’s Enterprise Day events can be booked from the Local Enterprise Office Galway: www.localenterprise.ie/Galway or call 091 50 90 90.

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Galway call-out with entries now open for Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

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Pictured at the launch of the Guaranteed Irish Business Awards are Patrick Farrell,Retail Banking Director, Permanent TSB; Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson; broadcaster Anton Savage, and Christina Conlon, Marketing Manager, Guaranteed Irish.

Guaranteed Irish has announced the launch of the 2023 Guaranteed Irish Business Awards, celebrating the best of locally based businesses in recognition of their contribution to business in the country.

The Awards – back after their inaugural year – aim to put the spotlight on local businesses that have made a commitment to support local jobs and contribute to local communities across the country.

The event, which will be MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage, will take place at an awards luncheon in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, March 14 2023.

“Guaranteed Irish has been supporting businesses in Ireland for almost 50 years and is recognised as the national symbol for trust in business and provenance,” explained Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.

“It’s important to celebrate the best of homegrown businesses as well as firms that have chosen to operate locally here in Ireland. Through the Guaranteed Irish licensed symbol, consumers identify businesses that build local supply chains, support local jobs, and embrace sustainable business practices.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway firm thrives through Covid

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Richard Watson, Managing Partner, Furthr VC; and Michael Furey, CEO, Ronspot, announcing that Furthr VC has led a €1.1M investment in Ronspot.

A Galway company described as an all-in-one space management solution for businesses – and which bucked the trend to thrive during the Covid pandemic – has announced a major investment in its operation by an international venture capitalist.

Ronspot, founded five years ago by CEO Michael Furey as a corporate parking management solution, quickly evolved into a three-in-one proposition to manage desking, parking spaces, and meeting rooms for businesses.

This in turn allowed them to easily manage their hybrid workplace and save time on administration, scheduling, staff queries, and real-estate costs.

When the pandemic hit and the world came to a standstill, Ronspot’s parking product and market expansion was put on hold – but, in response, the company pivoted to desk management, creating a system to help manage office desks.

And that allowed the team – based at the ATU (former GMIT) Innovation Hub – to turn a monumental challenge into a massive opportunity to expand and grow the company.

The next step in that process was unveiled last week when Furthr VC announced that it has led a €1.1m investment round in the hybrid workplace management platform, Ronspot.

The investment, which also included funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Enterprise Ireland, will help Ronspot to expand its team and scale globally.

Ronspot’s cloud-based application enables users to book car and bicycle parking, hot desks and meeting rooms, as well as manage visitor requirements and other resources including lockers – all on one unified mobile app. Users can see real-time availability, as well as the bookings of their colleagues.

Ronspot CEO Michael Furey explained that modern organisations were acutely aware of the need to provide flexible hybrid working solutions in order to retain and attract talent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway programme to boost start-ups

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New programme… PorterShed Programme Manager Rosemary Gallagher.

Galway’s PorterShed is preparing to launch a new programme next month – to get start-ups Accelerator and revenue-ready.

Launching on October 24, the six-week programme will offer companies the chance to learn from mentors, hear insights from expert founders, and really examine their objectives.

Developed by the NDRC, and powered by the PorterShed, this Pre-Accelerator offers start-ups the chance to learn, grow, and finally, pitch.

The NDRC offers a whole host of supports for start-ups, and through hubs like the PorterShed, the NDRC is able to deliver these programmes across the country, ensuring that regional innovation continues to thrive.

“The PorterShed’s network effect becomes even more heightened through a programme like the Pre-Accelerator, because you’re really in it with other startups at a similar level to you experiencing similar challenges – and working through those together. It can feel like summer camp!” PorterShed Programme Manager Rosemary Gallagher said.

Start-ups such as Receipt Relay, Tonnta, and Precisions Sports Technology are just some of the Galway-based companies that have come through the NDRC Pre-Accelerator.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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