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With Brexit (seemingly) days away, UK firm Paysafe secured e-money approval in Ireland

Another company, Optal, also received a licence to shield itself from Brexit woes.

WITH BREXIT SEEMINGLY less than two weeks away, UK online payments services firm Paysafe has secured electronic money licences from the Central Bank of Ireland that will allow it to continue operating in the ...

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HP's Irish chief's crystal ball shows a future of subscription-based PCs

Gary Tierney has been with the company 30 years and sees fresh opportunities for the computer business.

IN THE FACE of ever-changing tech landscapes, HP Ireland’s boss sees businesses shifting to a model of ‘device-as-a-service’ where companies subscribe to use devices.

Gary ...

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Amid many rivals, co-working space Huckletree is taking a 'curated' approach to startups

Competitors won’t force the company to ‘take our eye off the ball’, says Aislinn Mahon.

CURATION HAS BECOME a key element for co-working space Huckletree as it tries to set itself apart from the many other startup office providers on the market.

Huckletree opened ...

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Poll: Do you think rebranding is worth millions of euro?

An Post’s new look cost the postal service provider €5 million.

LAST WEEK, AN Post officially revealed its swanky new logo – a look that was created after an elaborate rebranding exercise and that set the postal service provider back €5 million.

The rejig comes a few ...

2019-03-18 20:46 open_in_new
Offbeat Donut has secretly franchised in Prague - and is plotting more Irish stores

The chain is keen to expand beyond the Irish capital.

OFFBEAT DONUT CO quietly opened its first overseas location in Prague at the end of last year and is planning more new outlets in the Czech city – as well as Ireland. 

Speaking to Fora, Offbeat founder Brian O’Casey said ...

2019-03-18 18:40 open_in_new
3fe coffee guru Colin Harmon is writing book number two after opening cafe number five

The entrepreneur is also dreaming of rolling out a coffee shop overseas someday.

COLIN HARMON, THE founder of coffee group 3fe, is writing a follow-up to his debut book on the cafe industry after launching several translations of the first title.

Two years ago, Harmon self-published ...

2019-03-17 17:28 open_in_new
A tiny brewery is planned for Dublin's docklands and it looks to belong to BrewDog

The Scottish maker of Punk IPA beer is staying tight-lipped on the matter.

A PLANNING APPLICATION has been submitted for a tiny microbrewery in Dublin’s docklands area – and it looks to form part of Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog’s plan to open a pub in the capital.

The ...

2019-03-16 17:19 open_in_new
Fintech startup Way2Pay has been scooped up by EVO Payments to help schools go cashless

The deal gives the payments company the backing it needs for international expansion.

FINTECH STARTUP WAY2PAY has been acquired by US firm EVO Payments as it prepares to bring its cashless school payments platform international.

Way2Pay, founded in 2014 by teacher Denise O’Grady, ...

2019-03-16 03:40 open_in_new
After years running the Science Gallery cafe, Cloud Picker's founders will open their own space

Frank Kavanagh and Peter Sztal have been manning the Trinity College outlet for nearly a decade.

THE FOUNDERS OF Dublin-based coffee firm Cloud Picker are a coffee shop under their own brand after nearly a decade of running the cafe at Trinity College’s Science Gallery on Pearse ...

2019-03-15 17:10 open_in_new
GoFundMe's gradually growing its Dublin base as it shakes up the 'very sleepy' charity sector

The crowdfunding site’s local office is celebrating its 500,000th donor in Ireland.

AS CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM GoFundMe is preparing to launch services for large-scale charities, it will be growing its Dublin-based support team as part of a global expansion.

The US-headquartered ...

2019-03-15 03:31 open_in_new
Booking app Zazu wants to solve the 'age-old' problem of awkward restaurant reservations

As part of our weekly Startup Spotlight series, we profile the Dublin company.

IVANO CAFOLLA KNOWS a thing or two about the pains hospitality businesses can face when it comes to bookings, reservations and getting more people in the door.

His family’s background is in the trade and ...

2019-03-14 20:10 open_in_new
Australia's Passel is bringing crowd-sourced delivery to Ireland after a three-month delay

The young company is hoping to break into Europe and the UK next.

AFTER A THREE-month delay, Australian delivery startup Passel is coming to Ireland – and wants Dublin and Belfast to become its foothold on Europe and the US. 

Passel – think ‘parcel’ in an Aussie accent – ...

2019-03-14 17:01 open_in_new
How An Post enlisted a fictional, time-poor millennial to create its fancy €5m logo

The decades-old company is hoping to become more relevant to a younger target market.

AGAINST A FRESHLY minted logo and emerald green backdrop, An Post CEO David McRedmond announced that today was a “momentous day” for the postal service provider. 

As part of a pitch to appeal ...

2019-03-14 03:22 open_in_new
Fintech startup Gecko Governance has landed a fresh investment to bulk up operations

The blockchain firm put its initial coin offering on hold but raised $1.4 million from VC backers.

GECKO GOVERNANCE, A Dundalk startup that builds financial compliance software, has raised $1.4 million in funding.

The company works mainly with the funds industry, developing software ...

2019-03-13 20:01 open_in_new
'My mum often says a bad day on the road is better than a good day in the office'

Because Ireland managing director Paddy Davis also talks fishing rods and the importance of trust.

PADDY DAVIS USUALLY starts clearing his inbox at around 7.30am – but the managing director of Because Ireland still doesn’t consider himself a morning person.

Because, the creative ...

2019-03-13 20:01 open_in_new
Voice-control startup SoapBox Labs is working with Microsoft to prove its tech can go global

It is running a pilot in 20 schools that will help children with their literacy skills.

SOAPBOX LABS, THE speech recognition startup, has inked a new deal with Microsoft that will see its tech deployed in a school pilot programme to prove it has a global, scalable product.

The ...

2019-03-13 18:58 open_in_new
ComReg has called out Eir over how it modifies contracts

The regulator’s finding is the latest chapter in its bumpy relationship with the telco.

THE COMMUNICATIONS REGULATOR has issued a warning to telco Eir over the notice period it gives customers about changes to contracts.

ComReg notified Eir that it had made a finding of ...

2019-03-13 09:31 open_in_new
Food officials are concocting a way to sell dairy online to social-savvy mothers in China

Bord Bia is trying to flog milk-based wares on sites like NASDAQ-listed JD.com.

THE IRISH FOOD board is looking for ways to flog Irish dairy products to highly educated, social media-savvy mothers in China.

Bord Bia has tendered the contract for a marketing guru to promote dairy ...

2019-03-12 15:40 open_in_new
Freshly funded Galway startup CitySwifter is plotting a big expansion push in the UK

The transport software outfit aims to dominate the market before internationalising.

AFTER RAISING €1.5 million in funding, Galway transport tech startup CitySwifter is laying the groundwork for an ambitious UK expansion.

The startup develops software that is used by bus operators ...

2019-03-11 23:55 open_in_new
Poll: Do you think Dublin should relax its building height restrictions?

A row has broken out over Johnny Ronan’s planned Salesforce ‘tower’.

NOT FOR THE first time, a row has broken out over developer Johnny Ronan’s ambition to build a tower that surpasses Dublin city norms.

In an explosive submission to city planners, the ...

2019-03-11 17:37 open_in_new
Why 'under-the-radar' Marvin wants to become the number-two food delivery choice

The online marketplace wants to secure a niche place in the market dominated by larger firms.

THE SCENE FOR online food delivery in Ireland has changed drastically in recent years with the arrival of Deliveroo and most recently Uber Eats.

Along with Just Eat, this big three have ...

2019-03-10 17:28 open_in_new