4 Reasons Why the Food & Agtech Boom is no False Dawn

As the industry attracts more and more attention from mainstream investors, is this investment category here to stay? Will it continue to build on this success or will investors show the same reticence it showed to the non-dairy milk industry, which remained a niche market for years before a surge in popularity in almond milk catapulted the nut milk category from 5% of the dairy industry to close to 15%.

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Danny O Brien
Always be Pivoting! - with Graham Mills

For our latest Idea 2 Scale Live event in Dublin, we were joined by Graham Mills of techspert.io in what was our most popular event to date. While sharing his journey and learnings, a few key themes arose, most notably the need to constantly pivot. Before techspert.io, Graham had a few pivots in his life. Having originally studied genetics at Trinity, he took a few diverse internships

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Embrace the Struggle - A Lesson in Startup Perseverance

For our latest meetup in Dublin, we were joined by guest speaker Garret Flower, co-founder of Krüst Bakery and Parkpnp; two very different businesses. The event was hosted at Krüst on George’s Street and attracted our biggest crowd yet. Before diving into his story, Garret encouraged everyone to take part in a mini-meditation – closing your eyes and taking 10 deep breaths, definitely a first for our group! The practice is something he picked up in California while at the Blackbox Accelerator recently and has incorporated into his daily routine.

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Small Steps in a Big Market: Wizard of Oz – Devan Hughes

Last week, we held our 6th Idea 2 Scale meetup in Dublin featuring Devan Hughes, founder of Buymie, an on-demand grocery delivery company. It was an energetic night in an unusual venue – after hours at Krust Bakery. Devan has founded multiple businesses in various industries and shared many tales of the ups and downs. There are too many insights to include but I’ve summarized key takeaways I feel are most relevant for founders starting out on their journeys.

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Putting Lean Principles into Practice with Wia

This week, we held our 5th Idea 2 Scale meetup, this time focusing on IoT. We were joined by guest speaker Conall Laverty of Wia at Glandore’s fabulous new location at Fitzwilliam Court. Wia is a cloud-based platform that allows developers to build IoT applications without any code of the awkward integrations between different technologies. The event was a great opportunity for audience members to learn from a VC backed company in the middle of scaling their platform to meet their ambitious goal of becoming the “the universal language of things” within the IoT space.

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VR: The Future of Meetings with MeetingRoom.io

At a recent Idea 2 Scale meetup we hosted, we chose the theme of VR as there has been a lot of hype in this space recently. We welcomed guest speaker Jonny Cosgrove of collaboration company meetingRoom. Jonny, the serial entrepreneur gave a fantastic wide-ranging talk on his journey to date, where Meeting Room is at and what the future holds for Virtual Reality (VR). Here a few key takeaways I noted:

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Angel Investing: What do startups and investors alike need to know?

Having spent almost three years working in the startup scene in New York connecting international startups to investors, I wanted to learn more about the investment environment in Ireland. Yesterday, I attended the annual HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) conference at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. The impressive panel of diverse speakers drew a large crowd – a mix of ‘old school suits’ and the next generation of angel investors; some who have successfully exited and are back to invest or raise again for a new venture such as Mark Little (Storyful). Here are some of the insights that stood out to me:

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Danny O Brien