Made It is a series of panel discussions and Q & A’s with people that have done it before.
There are so many innovators and entrepreneurs in Dublin and we want to help demystify how they brought their projects to fruition. This month's theme is building a business from home, so we’re bringing together people who have tried, failed, succeeded and created something worth talking about.We hope that everyone who comes along gets inspired, excited and maybe goes on to make something of their own.
SexSiopa.ie is owned and operated by Shawna Scott, who started it as a pop-up shop around Dublin at markets and events, and supplying toys to friends directly. Her interest in bodysafe toys came when she was researching a toy for herself in 2011. Shawna quickly discovered that the adult toy industry was completely unregulated, and while there were a handful of sex positive, bodysafe shops in North America, she was unable to find anything like that here in Ireland, and thus Sex Siopa was born.
Kevin Powell began News of the Curd with his partner Robin in 2012, with the aim of creating delicious meals using seasonal Irish food. He started with one to two events a week, both held in his home. Kev then founded Gruel Guerilla, a slightly larger business which promotes small Irish businesses through weekly and monthly food events. On top of all this, he also works as a consultant with start ups and existing restaurants/cafes in designing great new menus, putting them in touch with amazing suppliers and getting the right people in place.
Paolo Dona is the CTO & Director of Homestay.com, and the director and founder of NiftySchool.com. Paolo has many years of experience as a software developer designing and implementing large systems in Java and Ruby On Rails. He founded the company Niftyschool.com to provide a software solution for language schools. Niftyschool.com was acquired by Homestay.com in 2012 and Paolo moved to Dublin to lead the technical department. In his younger days Paolo was a long-haired, rock guitarist in a band but more recently has devoted his spare time to cycling and playing banjo.
Katie Tsouros is co-founder and CEO of Artfetch, an ecommerce platform that globally selects, curates, and sells emerging contemporary art online. Launched in October 2013, Artfetch has a team of specialist curators who provide expert knowledge, choosing the most promising up-and-coming artists from around the world, bringing the art stars of the future directly to you. Arfetch was shortlisted for Best Irish Startup at The Europas in January 2013, was runner-up at the Ireland Funds Business Plan competition in June 2013, and was nominated for Best Digital Startup at the 2013 Eircom Spiders.
Eibhlin Curley has assessed hundreds of Entrepreneurs and Business Plans for the Local Enterprise Office Dublin City, for New Frontiers programmes and in her former role as Assistant CEO of Dublin City Enterprise Board. She has 18 years of experience working with Entrepreneurs and SMEs in start ups and business development. A graduate from Trinity with a B.B.S. and a Master in Business Studies from D.C.U. she has lectured in Marketing, E-Business and Entrepreneurship in D.I.T., the National College of Ireland, the Centre for Talented Youth in D.C.U.
Anne Bedos combined her passion for cycling and community development by setting up her own company, Rothar, in 2008. The first objective of her business is to prevent the waste of old bicycles, and the second is job creation. Rothar aims to break isolation by providing a cheap mode of transport, by providing the possibility to gain skills to repair bicycles and access to workstations and tools, and by developing an eco-friendly mentality.
Michael McCarney works on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year team and is primarily responsible for the nomination process each year. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme has been running in Ireland for the past 17 years and over 25 years globally. EOY Ireland has one of the strongest EOY Alumni networks globally with 380+ members actively working with each other offering advice & guidance and exploring opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs.
Catherine Moonan set up Communication Matters in 2002 to provide training in Communication and Presentation Skills and has since trained individuals and corporate groups within a wide range of business sectors. Catherine is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, having successfully coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them to secure over €4 million investment. Catherine coaches entrepreneurs and graduates on many of Ireland’s established start-up programmes. These include UCD’s Innovation Academy, DCU’s Ryan Academy, DIT’s Hothouse Programme and several New Frontiers Programmes in the Institutes of Technology around Ireland. Catherine is a freelance journalist, contributing to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Newstalk, Today FM and BBC Radio Humberside and has also carried out research for RTÉ’s Prime Time.
This month, our venue is the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street. We kick off at 7:00pm sharp.