Posts Tagged: Entrepreneur


5
Nov 12

Blueface Elevator Finalist MotionFox Launches ‘Kubswear’

Blueface is delighted to congratulate Blueface Elevator Finalist and Dublin Regional Joint-Winner, MotionFox, on the launch of their new kids’ range, ‘Kubswear’.

With their entry in the Blueface Elevator competition, MotionFox really impressed us with an innovative range of safety-wear for cyclists, runners and walkers which combines the essential hi-viz vest with an expandable back panel, allowing for safe carrying of a backpack without obstructing the vest itself. Having enjoyed strong success with their adult range which is stocked at sports and cycling outlets nationwide, we’re delighted to see that MotionFox have now launched ‘Kubswear’, a fun hi-viz range for children which has been designed to increase safety and visibility at play and while cycling or walking to school.

As Rob Quigley, CEO of MotionFox said when he called in to our offices in Dublin last week, “There’s increasing numbers of primary pupils walking and cycling to school in Ireland, so we wanted to design a range of fun visibility clothing specifically for kids, that could be worn whether they are on their bike or simply walking to school or partaking in sports.”

The Kubswear vests have colourful and imaginative designs and can be worn as normal, or expanded via a set of simple fasteners that makes it easy to wear over a schoolbag or backpack, ensuring the wearer is seen with no bag blocking their hi-viz vests. The range has two super-cute designs, The Ladybug and The Turtle; as seen above. The Blueface ladies were particularly taken with the Ladybug; we’ve already tried to convince MotionFox to make some adult sizes!

Launched just in time for those dark winter mornings and evenings, the Kubswear range is available for ages 4-6/7-9/10-12, retails at € 24.95 and is available in at sports and bicycle shops, including; CityCycles (Blackhall Place), Hollingsworth (Kilmacud), Hollingsworth (Templogue), CycleBike (off Capel St.), P&K Cycles (Patrick St.) and on line at www.motionfox.com.


2
Nov 12

Blueface to Face : ‘Networking and Diasporas – Promoting Economic Recovery’

Blueface-to-face business networking events.

 

Blueface would like to invite you, our customers, to join us for a special event with Kingsley Aikins discussing the importance of Networking and Diasporas, as two key elements of Ireland’s economic recovery and how Irish business can utilise these factors for growth and business success. Kingsley, a world renowned networker, fundraiser and philanthropist, will explore themes such as the role of networking, social capital, the power of diasporas and how to thrive and survive using Networks and Diasporas.

We are absolutely delighted to offer you the opportunity to meet Kingsley and to network with other businesses too.  With such a prestigious speaker, we’d ask you to book your place as soon as possible as places are limited and we don’t want you to miss out. There will be light refreshments served on the evening.

All our business customers should have received an email invitation from us by now, if you haven’t received an invite please email fiona.Kearns@blueface.ie  with your details. PLACES ARE LIMITED, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Mr. Kingsley Aikins. Guest Speaker.

Guest Speaker: Kingsley Aikins

Bio:

Kingsley Aikins was born and educated in Dublin attending The High School and Trinity College where he graduated with an honours degree in Economics and Politics. He also has a post graduate diploma in export marketing. He is a member of the Institutes of Exports, Marketing and Linguists (French and Spanish). For 5 years he was the Sydney, Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland. While there he founded the Lansdowne Club – now one of the largest Irish business networks in the world with over 3000 members. In Australia he also  established the Australian Ireland Fund and the Ireland Fund of New Zealand. In 1992 he moved to Boston to take over as Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund. During his time with the Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised and distributed to more than 1200 non profit organisations in Ireland. In 1995 he was appointed President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds which had activities in 39 cities in 13 countries attended by over 40,000 people. He produced a Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit in 2009.

In January 2010 he left The Ireland Funds and established Diaspora Matters a consultancy company based in Dublin which advises governments, regions, cities, companies and organisations how to develop strategies to connect with their diasporas. He writes and speaks extensively internationally on Philanthropy and Diaspora issues. In 2010 he wrote a report entitled ‘A comparative review of International Diaspora Strategies’. In July 2012 he gave the keynote address  at the Hillary Clinton Global Diaspora Forum in Washington and launched a comprehehensive Global Diaspora Strategies  Toolkit and Website (www.diasporastrategies.com) which look at best practice around the world and make recommendations for countries who want to develop strategies in this area.


15
Oct 12

Blueface to Attend Dublin Web Summit

Blueface will exhibit at the Dublin Web Summit this week on October 17th and 18th and we’re looking forward to an action-packed week! Over 200 international speakers and 3,500 attendees from over 50 countries will descend on the RDS for an event which brings together technology giants and start-ups from around the world, as well as investors and tech enthusiasts who want to see and meet the latest wave of movers and shakers from the technology sector and beyond.

The two day event will include exhibitions, lectures and networking events. There’ll also be demonstrations from some of the hottest international brands and startups, making the Web Summit truly a cornerstone of cutting-edge business in Ireland.

This year will be Blueface’s first time to exhibit at the web summit and we’re looking forward to meeting other innovative business game-changers and perhaps finding ways to work together.  We’re especially excited to meet young and pioneering start-ups and to hear more about what’s happening at all levels of Irish business. With our background as a start-up, we’re always keen to see the new and disruptive ideas coming from start-ups and we’re firm believers that entrepreneurship is the motor that drives Irish business. Supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs is something we feel passionately about – so much so in fact that in 2012 we launched our inaugural Blueface Elevator competition which took a diverse range of start-ups from across the country, helped them to develop and refine their proposition and market strategy, and awarded one competition winner €50,000 of Business Services to help them hit the big time. Check out www.blueface.ie for more info about Blueface Elevator 2013 or chat to one of our representatives at the Web Summit.

Blueface will be at Stand 28 in the RDS main hall – if you’d like a little more information about what we do and how we can help businesses improve their communications, drop by for a chat and check out the awesome and exclusive offers that we will be running for Web Summit attendees.


17
Jul 12

ThoughtBox wins Blueface Business Elevator Final

 

And the winner is…. Thoughtbox

Wow, what a weekend! And what an exciting day our Blueface Elevator Final brought! Many many congratulations to Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox, who took the prize on the day; her initiative of educational software for children that helps them to discover the answers themselves looks set to become a huge success and we’re delighted to be able to assist her in growing and advancing her business. While Cristina took the top prize, all nine finalists really impressed us with their enthusiasm and commitment; it is always inspiring and motivating to meet dedicated entrepreneurs

who believe and invest so passionately in their business. many travelled from early on Saturday morning to make it to the Westbury Hotel for set up and there was a great atmosphere in the ‘Business Zone’ as everyone got their displays ready. We called over to Carphone Warehouse, Grafton St. to take photos in store and this was when the adrenalin really started pumping for the Blueface team – nine great teams of finalists was gonna make for one interesting competition!!

Presentations from finalists kicked off in the early afternoon, in the Grafton Suite of the  Westbury Hotel. First up was James McNamara presenting for CleverMiles, our regional winners in the Drogheda heat. The second presentation was from Niall Fennell of Ireland’s Raw Kitchen, regional winners in Galway. Third was Randall Wharton of RigBag, who won the Cork heat, while fourth we had Trevor Keane of Fantasy5Live, winners of the Kilkenny Heat. Our fifth presentation was from Barry Spearman of New Age Memorials, who won in Limerick. We took a short break halfway through the presentations and by this time, we had so many audience members, some extra rows of chairs had to be quickly installed in the theatre!

After the break, we got straight back into the presentations with the first of our joint winners from the Dundrum heat, Mark Moore of Oral Eye. Next was the other joint winner from Dundrum, MotionFox, presented by Rob Quigley. Second last was the first of our joint winners from the Carrick-on-Shannon heat, Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox and the final presentation of the day was from our other winner in Carrick-on-Shannon, Malcolm Donnellan of Simply Phone to Photo.

After all of these amazing presentations, we didn’t know how just one winner could be selected! Luckily we had a very experienced and professional judging panel to do the hard work for us and they retired to discuss each idea in turn. Guest judges, Economist Constantin Gurdgiev and Brian Fallon, CEO of TheJournal.ie and Founder of Daft.ie; joined Alan Foy, CEO, Blueface; Peter Scott, General Manager, Carphone Warehouse Ireland; Nigel Heneghan, Managing Director, Heneghan PR; David Gorman, Managing Partner, Gorman Quigley Penrose; and David O’Donnell, Partner, Mason Hayes + Curran, in choosing the winner.

In the end, ThoughtBox came out on top and took the prize of a huge package of business services including telephony services  from Blueface, mobile handsets, tablets and other hardware from Carphone Warehouse, advertising from Newstalk 106-108FM, public relations advice from Heneghan PR, accountancy advice  from Gorman Quigley Penrose and legal advice from Mason Hayes + Curran.

Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface commented afterwards: “Congratulations to ThoughtBox, who won based on the high standard of presentation given today, the creativity behind the idea and the commercial value of the business going forward. It was a tough decision, as the standard of applicants surpassed all of our expectations. Thank you to all who took part and helped make this happen, we are very pleased with the level of support we received in our initiative to highlight and promote the large number of innovative and exciting start-ups in Ireland and we look forward to working with and assisting all of the finalists in any way that we can.”

More information about all of the finalists will be available on this blog over the coming weeks and we hope to have an interview with Cristina of ThoughtBox ready for publication soon. Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the competition or who helped to make it the massive success that it was! Right now we’re thinking about how we can make Blueface Business Elevator bigger and better in the future, so watch this space :-)

 

Some of the Key sponsors pose with Christina outside The Westbury Hotel.


29
Feb 12

Blueface Mobile. Officially launched by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD spreads the word about Blueface Mobile with Blueface CEO, Alan Foy.

Wednesday the 22nd February marked the beginning of an exciting new venture for us as ‘Blueface Mobile’ was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a much-anticipated event staged in the elegant surroundings of the Hibernian Club on Stephens Green, Dublin. The launch was very well attended and guests included a number of high-profile figures from the Irish telecommunications and technology sectors.

Blueface Mobile is the first mobile service tailored exclusively for business users in Ireland and reflects the realities of modern business both at home and abroad. We have been working on the service and all of the features that go with it for over two years and we are confident that we have designed a package that will actively assist businesses to grow and improve their communications. Blueface Mobile customers will be able to choose from both pre- and post- pay options, and will be able to purchase SIM cards and/or handsets independently as required.

Speaking at the event, CEO of Blueface, Alan Foy, emphasised that the core aim of Blueface Mobile is to empower Irish businesses by  delivering an innovative telecoms service that is better and more cost efficient than anything else currently on offer in the market. He went on to comment: “Blueface Mobile represents one of the new innovations in telecommunications. Today we can offer a business grade mobile service with features and services unparalleled in the Irish market. Blueface will deliver a truly unified telecoms proposition and will manage business communications across landline and mobile in a fully converged, unified way – one voicemail, one call management portal and one bill are just for starters.”

We were delighted to have An Taoiseach Enda Kenny as our guest of honour on the day and he very perceptively identified Blueface as part of the “emerging generation of Irish entrepreneurs who are embracing modern technology, seeing opportunities and creating ventures that have the capacity to enhance competitiveness, and create jobs”.

Blueface Mobile will initially be offered exclusively to existing Blueface customers, to add to their existing services and to thank them for their loyalty to Blueface over the last few years; the company is proud to have a low client turnover rate and the development of Blueface Mobile has been strongly influenced by the input and feedback of our customers.

Over the coming months, Blueface will extend Blueface Mobile to new customers and we are also very excited to be going into partnership with the most trusted retailer in the Irish mobile market, Carphone Warehouse. To us, this partnership reflects one of the key elements of the Blueface brand; empowering customers to get better services and cut their costs by offering them a more intelligent telecoms solution.

If you would like to get some more information about how Blueface Mobile could help your business, check out our website at www.blueface.ie or give our Sales team a call on 01-524 2000.


26
Aug 11

‘Young People Creating Jobs’ initiative being supported by Blueface CEO

We’re delighted to get involved in an upcoming initiative being led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to encourage entrepreneurship among young people across Ireland.  This initiative is called ‘Young People Creating Jobs’.  It’s a programme which challenges 15-22 year olds to generate a business idea that they believe will lead to job creation.  The young people will be invited to submit business plans or projects to develop an idea that they believe will create sustainable employment.  Successful applicants who demonstrate that their idea has capacity to generate employment will be shortlisted and interviewed by a judging panel.  All participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the business leaders. Winning applicants will receive a market research prize of €15,000 to support their business idea and also spend time shadowing selected senior businesspeople.

The top proposals will win a week shadowing a CEO or Directors of a major Irish company. They include:

- Directors from Google Ireland

- David McRedmond, CEO of TV3

- Colette Twomey, Clonalkilty Black Pudding and Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year 2011

- Alan Foy, CEO Blueface (Telecommunications technology)

-Dylan Collins, Internet Entrepreneur

 

 

It goes without saying that Ireland has undoubtedly faced challenging times over the last few years. In order to emerge from our economic constraints, the next generation has a huge responsibility to return Ireland to prosperity and full employment.   This Government initiative assists, albeit in a small way, to encourage our young people to confidently chart an ambitious future for them and for Ireland.   Collectively we have a shared responsibility to promote an entrepreneurial spirit among young people.  We also have a responsibility to pass on the lessons learned along the way.  Hopefully the next generation of entrepreneurs can avoid many of the mistakes of those who have preceded them and confidently chart a sustainable, successful future for Ireland.

You can find details about the initiative here of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Website

 


6
Dec 10

A big business phone service at a small business price

Get Your Business in Shape for the New Year with Blueface’s

New Recession-Busting Phone Service Offer

Blueface is aiming to reduce telecoms costs for SME’s nationwide by offering a flat rate €9.99 phone service : Business Starter.

Blueface, Ireland’s leading internet telephony provider has today launched a special offer for small to medium sized businesses (SME’s) this Christmas. Blueface is offering SME’s throughout Ireland the opportunity to reduce their business costs with a recession-busting phone service for just €9.99 per month (ex-VAT), covering unlimited UK and Ireland land-line calls*.

SME’s can also take advantage of other recession busting add-ons such as 15c per minute anytime mobile calls or avail of amazing international call rates which are over 50% cheaper than other telecoms providers. Free add on services and features are also provided, such as fax-to-email, follow-me functionality and voicemail-to-email. It’s the perfect package for the entrepreneurial business.

Alan Foy, CEO, Blueface, commented: “We are offering SME’s the opportunity to significantly cut their telecoms costs and get their business in shape for the New Year. Irish businesses are paying way too much for their telecoms service and most small to medium sized businesses just aren’t receiving the service they need and want. Prices are too high and their service is basic at best. The Blueface promise is to offer better value, convenience, and transparency to our customers. Our service is tailored to the cost and service needs of individual businesses. We also offer keenly priced ‘big business’ add-on services that help SME’s compete more effectively in what is a challenging business environment.

Blueface’s current SME customers include some of the most successful Irish enterprises, such as Daft.ie, Champion Sports, Jackie Brown Medical, and Micksgarage.ie.

Philip English, System Support Manager, Champion Sports, commented: “We will enjoy savings of over €8000 in the first year using the Blueface phone service. Apart from the savings the support has been first class.”

Learn more and get in touch, now!

Blueface

*Subject to standard terms and conditions.


1
Nov 10

Blueface launches its Brighter Enterprise Program with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Blueface, the leading Internet telephone service provider has launched its Brighter Enterprise program with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI). This affinity program aims to support enterprises that are in start up mode and who want to manage their telecommunication costs. All of SEI’s Network members around Ireland can avail of Blueface’s full suite of business products at a significantly discounted rate.  As part of its arrangement with SEI, Blueface is providing free telephone services for a year to the three 2010 SEI award finalists.

Blueface and Social Entrepreneur Ireland


Blueface is also supporting entrepreneurship in Ireland by providing SMEs with their telecommunications services at a fraction of the cost of traditional operators, with a typical saving of 50% over other operators.  Blueface has a full suite of call plans, including conference and eReception services.

The SEI awards focuses on and promotes the work of outstanding social entrepreneurs.  This year’s finalists who will be availing of the Blueface service are Dara Hogan, Frances Black and John Lawlor.  Dara Hogan set up Fledglings Early Years Education and Care, as a not-for-profit social franchise to support and mentor early years educators in disadvantaged communities; Frances Black set up The RISE Foundation, to assist families dealing with addiction, to understand the impact of addiction and its effects on relationships; and John Lawlor set up Bridge to College, which works with young people to lift educational horizons based on a new model of team-based workshops and technology mediated learning.

Blueface is delighted to partner with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland to sponsor the communication needs of its members as part of its Brighter Enterprise program. Some of Ireland’s brightest entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative approaches to tackle current and further challenges, well believe there is great synergy between Blueface and SEI and are delighted to be able to provide this level of support ,” said Alan Foy, Chief Executive, Blueface.

Seán Coughlan, Chief Executive, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, said: “In order for social entrepreneurs to turn their vision into reality and tackle some of our entrenched social and environmental problems they need encouragement and support. By making this generous offer Blueface has shown real leadership in stepping up to the plate, providing significant support to our network of social entrepreneurs. They are to be applauded as their support for social entrepreneurs will ultimately lead to long term benefits for communities throughout Ireland.

Blueface


1
Jun 10

The Making of Entrepreneurs

What is an Entrepreneur? It all depends on who’s talking. Members of the political class, media, industry, academia, and the general public have a variety of perspectives on entrepreneurship.   Often, it means something altogether different for each cohort.  The unfortunate thing about entrepreneurship, however, is that it is sometimes completely misunderstood, and worse still, entrepreneurs themselves are viewed as having almost enigmatic and somewhat obscure personalities.  Are they mad, attention seeking, unscrupulous, greedy, independent, ingenious or terrifying?  Or are they simply misunderstood?

Our perspectives are often driven by a textbook definition which can be a linear interpretation of what it means to be an entrepreneur.   From a leadership perspective, we apply a “great man theory” lens to entrepreneurs.  We assume that they have some magical, charismatic and mystic quality that makes them entrepreneurs.  At some levels, we believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made.  They take risks that the ordinary man or woman would not take.  Why?  Because they have some extraordinary genius that makes them, well, entrepreneurs…

Personally, I would like to challenge that thinking.  Firstly, I would argue that having met a range of highly successful entrepreneurs in Ireland over the last few years, that each one of them would attribute their success to the team they have around them.  People are key.  In fact, the most successful would put even more emphasis and value on the people that surround them; their attitude, their teamwork, their energy and their competence.  The most successful companies of all time have built high energy “hot spots” (check out the book by Lynda Gratton) and which are built around cultures of performance.  High performance people create high performance cultures.  The problem is that “culture” is a very esoteric and fluffy term.  From the start-ups and SME’s that I have seen, the culture of a business is created and built by people working in the business.  Culture is more than the original founder, although they have a huge impact on the business.  But it’s more than them.  It’s a collective thing, a way of operating and set of behaviours, all of which are reinforced by the team.   The entrepreneur is more like a team captain.  They are not the team, they are a part of it.

Secondly, in my opinion, entrepreneurship is about innovation.  It’s not all about the next big thing.  It’s not all about revolutionary, game changing technology.  We can be entrepreneurial in existing businesses.  We can find new, better and more innovative ways of doing business and serving our customer.  Some of the most recent successful, enterprising ideas have been centred around business model innovation like DELL or Amazon or Ryanair.   I can safely say that the majority of entrepreneurs don’t see visions of the future and then arrive back on earth to prepare a business plan and seek funding.   Business, as in life, just doesn’t work that way.   Entrepreneurship is about serving a need or a gap and fixing it.  I would even go so far as to say that most inventions have been a reaction to a gaping lack of something and a clear, identifiable need.  It’s not about sitting on top of some mountain somewhere and strategising.  It’s about knowing your customer and their needs and doing everything in your power to serve them and address those needs.   Entrepreneurship firstly involves identifying gaps and weaknesses in the current order of things.  But coupled with this, entrepreneurship involves actually doing something about it.   This is what differentiates entrepreneurs and this is potentially why we elevate them to celebrity status.   But we forget that sometimes these entrepreneurs weren’t so visionary, so talented or so lucky.  Sometimes they needed to make a living.  They had to take a risk which led them down a path they might not ordinarily have chosen.  They committed themselves to a course and a trajectory, which either worked or did not.  But it’s safe to say, they almost never went it alone.

Alan Foy


19
Apr 10

Calling all Entrepreneurs | Dublin Entrepreneur Show 2010

Calling all Entrepreneurs!

Blueface are sponsoring The Entrepreneur Show which runs on Friday and Saturday (April 23rd and 24th). This is a fantastic event which Blueface are delighted to be involved in. There are some great speakers lined up including some of the Irish and UK dragons; there are a host of companies exhibiting and of course some tremendous prizes on offer too!

Take a look at: The Entrepreneur Show

Blueface are also launching a new product at the show which has been designed specifically for the Irish Entrepreneur. It is yet another revolutionary product and one which I think will raise quite a few eyebrows!

We have a stand at the show where we will be very pleased to meet with existing and new customers – we will be on stand E3 which is just inside the main entrance and over to the right, next to Google’s stand.

Oh – did I mention we’re giving away an iPad? :)

See you there!

Feargal


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