Archive for November, 2009 Limerick firm scoops €100,000 at Seedcorn finals – Business

November 27, 2009

Cauwill Technologies, which was crowned Best Emerging Company, has developed PinPoints – an application that helps users locate their hotel using their mobile phone. Since the launch of the product in July 2009, the company has secured subscribers in more than 66 countries worldwide.

Co-Managing director Dr Ronan Skehill said: “Being recognised as overall emerging winner will help us gain more international recognition of our product and new access to the investment community.”


Congratulations to Ronan who is a regular at Limerick OpenCoffee. And likewise to another regular Ger Harnett of CoClarity which received a special award of €10,000 for best University Spin out or Platform.

Irish school making great use of Twitter

November 20, 2009

From the Computers in Education Society of Ireland mailing list comes this gem from Pauric O'Donnell at St. Eunans College in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal –

"I set up a twitter account that several staff have access to update using the web or mobiles, it means they can quickly add news about the school – such as snow days, etc. to the feed. I then embedded the feed onto the front page of the school website so now the updates appear there live.

The school also uses the feed to report live commentary from sporting events – for example goal alerts during a senior football game,
updated by text by a teacher.
The leader of the annual school tour to America also uses his mobile
to update the feed with information for parents – such as "Landed in
Boston Airport, all luggage collected, headed to hotel…" etc. to
keep parents up-to-date."

A brilliant use of twitter and something all Irish schools should be doing. I've asked Pauric if it's Ag Tweet they're using to tweet by text and will report back later.

How the unions react to critics

November 7, 2009

Via Damien Mulley

Outvesting now seeking startup applications for €5,000 gift

November 2, 2009
Online campaign seeking start-ups for €5,000 donation
NEWCASTLEWEST, CO. LIMERICK – OCT 30, 2009:, the online campaign which
has raised a €5,000 fund through donations on Twitter is now seeking
applications from Irish entrepreneurs. The entire fund will be gifted,
no strings attached, to one lucky start-up after a review and voting

"We simply asked people to pledge €50 each in
the hope that one hundred others would do likewise.  Those pledges came
rolling in and in the space of four weeks were converted to donations
amounting to the target €5,000", said John Keyes, one of those behind
the project.

Applications can be submitted to the website until November
21st and the winner will be announced on December 7th. Those who donated
to the fund will review applications and vote on the start-up with best potential.

obviously a groundswell of opinion that entrepreneurs should do more to
help ourselves at this time of banking and economic crises. We just
tapped into the generosity and goodwill that exists within the start-up
community in Ireland", said James Corbett, the other half of the
Outvesting team.
About Outvesting:
was founded in September 2009 by James Corbett and John Keyes as an
online campaign to raise funding for entrepreneurs and start-up
companies. The idea was generated as one response to the general
dissatisfaction amongst entrepreneurs with the lack of appropriate
angel funding and state supports in Ireland.

James Corbett, co-founder
Co. Limerick