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MAD MONEY # 36 Dot.Com Bubble 2.0?
added on Tuesday, March 24 2015 added on Tuesday, March 24 2015
I’m proud to say I was a very early adopter of the Internet. In the company I co-founded, we had one of the first NI websites – well, it was laughably simple in that it would now be referred to as brochure-ware. That is, we put our brochure up on the web. Still, it was good enough to have a BBC ...

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How to deliver your pitch
added on Thursday, March 05 2015 added on Thursday, March 05 2015
Entrepreneur Colum Courtney has only given two business pitches in his lifetime – both were on the same day and both secured funds to grow his business. He is well aware of the importance of making a successful business pitch. If you have not watched The Apprentice or Dragon’s Den, a pitch is ba ...

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FarmWizard Nets Investment from Duke’s Company
added on Monday, March 02 2015 added on Monday, March 02 2015
A COMPANY linked to the Duke of Westminster — one of the UK’s wealthiest royals — has invested in Northern Ireland agri-IT firm FarmWizard. Founder Terry Canning and investors have sold three-quarters of the web-based livestock management business to Wheatsheaf Investments, which is part of t ...

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Maths Startup’s Investment Adds Up
added on Wednesday, February 25 2015 added on Wednesday, February 25 2015
Belfast startup Komodo, which focuses on interactive maths learning, has received significant backing from top UK investors- closing a seed investment round of £255,000. Komodo is a home maths tutor system on tablets and computers for children aged 5 to 11. Winner of two industry awards, it encoura ...

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MAD MONEY # 35: Back to Front Crowdfunding
added on Tuesday, February 24 2015 added on Tuesday, February 24 2015
There are two schools of thought on using crowdfunding for your business. You can do it to get money- which always feels like a good idea- or to gain market traction and validation. But whatever your reason is for using it, you’ll undoubtedly use it in the first place since, in a sense, it’s ‘ ...

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MAD MONEY # 34: The Known Unknowns of NI Finance
added on Tuesday, February 17 2015 added on Tuesday, February 17 2015
It was Donald Rumsfeld who said there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns. This may sound like management speak, but it actually makes sense. I often hear it said that there isn’t enough funding available for start-ups in Northern Ireland. And that’s clearly true. But there are a lot of sour ...

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Mad Money #33: The Flintstones’ Watch
added on Tuesday, February 03 2015 added on Tuesday, February 03 2015
No doubt you’ll remember the Flintstones, a modern Stone Age family! When you hear that phrase, immediately the annoying theme tune enters your mind and you’ll now be stuck listening to it in your head all day. Thanks Alan! The really clever theme of this children’s programme was of course all ...

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NI Mentor Named as One of the UK’s Top Business Advisers
added on Friday, January 30 2015 added on Friday, January 30 2015
A Northern Ireland startup entrepreneur has been named as one the UK’s top 50 business advisers. Stephen Houston was picked from hundreds of mentors from around the UK for his work with early stage companies at the Northern Ireland Science Park. The awards are run by the small business network Ent ...

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