It’s said that dyslexia affects approximately 10-15% of the population. While there are many negative stereotypes about the condition, LinkedIn has recently added “dyslexic thinking” as a skill on their website, due to the positive effects the condition can give a person. Two of the most viewed articles on my website area ‘Irish Start-up Founders … Continue reading Products and services that can assist people with Dyslexia in education or the workplace
A unique business, CWIT was created in 2009 by the Irish subsidiaries of Accenture, Dell Technologies and Microsoft in order to address the gender imbalance in technology companies. 13 year on, it’s grown to over 20 members, with most of the major technology companies in Ireland within that membership. The company is now on a … Continue reading CWIT – An Irish company that’s reducing the gender gap for women in technology-based companies now, and for generations to come
Launched in 2021, The B!G Idea was created by Kim Mackenzie-Doyle with a vision to challenge Ireland’s 15-19 year olds to learn new skills that would help them create ideas for solving problems in their local schools or communities. The 12-week programme looks at all areas of creativity. In 2022 over 2500 young people from … Continue reading The B!G Idea – Equipping transition year students with a creative mindset to tackle the biggest problems society faces.
Vandita Agarwal always had a passion for story telling and creativity. Having qualified from college with an undergraduate degree in Delhi, Vandita moved to Dublin to complete her masters. Having worked as a freelancer, Vandita then created Articulate Digital Business. an agency that improves clients' online space through innovative use of new technology What was … Continue reading Articulate Digital Business – Helping businesses transform their online presence
One of my most successful articles was job coaching services for people with disabilities in Ireland. This article was then published by ThinkBusiness.ie. However, it’s one thing to be coached about how to get a job. The challenge is to find, apply, be interviewed and be welcomed into the company. So where are the best … Continue reading Websites that are powering Diversity and Inclusion recruitment in Ireland
Colin Mac Andrias is a former diving instructor and course director at Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Having previously been based in London and Egypt, Colin sold his house in London and moved back to their native Dublin to create First Swim, Ireland's first purpose built swimming factilate built to specifically for babies and toddlers … Continue reading First Swim – The first purpose built baby and todler swimming facility in Ireland
Created by two NCAD students, following an idea developed at a hackathon in Dublin, Chiuru is an app that brings fashion into the cirular ecomony by connecting retailers particularly vintage, charity and textile repair shops together with the consumers that want to end fast fashion and purchase clothes in a sustainable way. Having met the … Continue reading Chiru making clothes shopping more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable
You often hear of the problem of single use plastic. However another issue Kevin Murphy spotted was good quality compostable paper cups been thrown away by the consumer. He created 2GoCup a reuseable cup solution for coffee shops and other retail outlets to reduce the amount of cups going to landfill and increase sustainability in … Continue reading 2GoCup- reducing single use cups and increasing sustainability in the coffee sector
1 in 444 babies born in Ireland are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome happens when you are born with an extra chromosome inside your body. Down syndrome affects everyone differently, but it does have an impact on physical, mental, and emotional development and can be diagnosed with other conditions too. With unemployment rates at … Continue reading Down Syndrome Ireland – advocating for people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals
Co-Founders China and Liswa met while studying in NUI Galway. Having spotted a gap in the fashion market for African designed fashion brands the two women decided to create Umoja Production but later rebranded the company to Umoja linn (Umoja means Unity in Swahili, and linn means ‘by us’ in Irish). The pair have created … Continue reading Umoja linn creating a marketplace to make African fashions more accessible to the public
Triest Press is a social enterprise based in county Roscommon. A full service printing service the company specialises in employing people with disabilties. I interviewed Deborah Tierney Business Development Coordinator at Triest Press to find out more What's the Triest Press origin story? How have you grown since? Triest Press was set up by members … Continue reading Triest Press – Giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities in Rosscommon
Having met in Trinity College, the female founded and led company now specialises in repurposing old furniture Refunk Upcycling is now one of Ireland fast growing businesses in the area of Upcycling and Sustainability. Having been accepted into several prestigious accelerator programmes such as LaunchBox Accelerator Programme, Circuleire and ClimAccelerator Programmes, and took part in … Continue reading ReFunk Upcycling – reducing waste by extending the life-span of furniture through upcycling and repairing.
The Irish job coaching market has gone from strength to strength in recent times, as companies increase their talent pool by tapping into under-represented groups. I have previously wrote an article for Thinkbusiness.ie about job coaching services available to people with disabilities in Ireland. However Rangam is the latest entrant into the market. ThinkBusiness.ie described … Continue reading Rangam – Global inclusion job coaching service for people from under-represented groups opens in Ireland
After 2 years away, The Dublin Tech Summit took place on the 15th and 16th June. The fastest growing tech summit in Europe and the largest corporate event to take place so far in Ireland since the relaxation of Covid-19 measures. With over 1,000 people in attendance, with 200 speakers, 50 corporate partners and 150 … Continue reading Irish businesses to follow from The Dublin Tech Summit
Leyla Karaha created YourY Network having experienced some of the isolation founders feel when creating their business. The organisation has gone on to create 18 events and had nearly 1,000 attendees. With Your Network annoucing their first hybrid (in-person and online) event on the 28th of June 2022, I interviewed Leyla to get more background … Continue reading YourY Network is creating a community for social entrepreneurs through events and networking