NDRC Call for Project Proposals – Up to 100% funding Available

From the National Digital Research Centre website:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The NDRC is currently calling for project proposals under three newly launched programmes:

  1. Entrepreneurial Internships Programme
  2. CTR Feasibility Programme
  3. Collaborative Translational Research Programme

1. Entrepreneurial Internships: This programme is designed to develop small scale projects with aspiring entrepreneurs to produce commercially focused applications in the web and mobile space. This investment programme is an avenue for individuals or small teams with links to a third level institution to pursue potential opportunities from idea to application in a supportive environment and among a set of peers. For more information about our Entrepreneurial Internship programme visit this page.

2. CTR Feasibility projects: We are investing in a programme to develop projects with established academics and companies that are potential collaborative translational research projects, but would benefit from upfront problem-solution and market validation. The focus of projects within the programme will be in the areas of health, education, entertainment and the environment. For more information about our CTR Feasibility programme visit this page.

3. Collaborative Translational Research projects: Having built a portfolio of collaborative translational research projects, the National Digital Research Centre is embarking on a second investment phase in further collaborative translational research.  As such, the NDRC is seeking to facilitate further collaborations between established academics and industry partners to develop commercially-focused research projects in the application areas of health, education, entertainment and the environment.

In this specific call, the NDRC is particularly interested in receiving proposals for environmental technologies – specifically targeted at energy efficiency as distinct from green energy generation – in a digital context. We are not, however, excluding good ideas in other digital application areas. For more information about our Collaborative Translational Research programme visit this page.

To register and access online forms for all of these programmes visit this page.

TechCrunch 50 2009 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I attended TechCrunch 50 this year alongside my business partner Eamon Leonard and another presenting company, VidSchool which Sean Fee of Ifoods/LookandTaste fame is involved in.

Pat Phelan originally intended to join and we booked a Monster House on Fillmore and Fulton. Pat (the consummate deal maker) had to pull out at the last moment which left Eamon and I (of CloudSplit) sharing this mansion with Paul, Moneesh and Sean of VidSchool.

As failed entrants to the onstage event we had both been offered slots in the DemoPit. You get one day to showcase your company in a separate area from the stage through which the attendees have to pass to get to the auditorium. We chose Tuesday (as opposed to Monday) this gave us a chance  to attend on Monday and suss the place our prior to our full day.

Tuesday duly arrived and we headed down to the show. Its a brutal schedule with the show opening at 7.00am and running until 7.00pm the following evening. There is lots of advice to absorb on how best to pitch at TC50, but we followed some simple rules,

  • Bring a pull up stand and put your message and pitch all in the top third. Nobody can see below this point. Many of the TC50 companies only used the default table logo provided by TC50. I found myself ignoring companies when I could not discern what the offering was.
  • We brought along some tic-tacs that happened to be in the company colours. I don’t thing they got people to come up to our stand but being able to give something to people who listened did leave the whole presenting transaction with a nice soft end.
  • You need two people. Otherwise food breaks/toilet visits leave the stand unmanned. There is always action in the DemoPit area so someone needs to be on stand at all time.
  • Be prepared to get you pitch away in a few minutes

The Good

We went looking for validation of the CloudSplit offering and received that whole heartedly. We met key influencers at the investor, partner and customer level. This level of exposure to people WHO-REALLY-KNOW the software sector was invaluable.

Just the opportunity to present 200 times or more to genuinely insightful individuals who could really grasp what we were doing was a fantastic education. We now have a crystal clear vision of what we need to do in V1.0 and a goto market strategy honed by hours of feedback.

It also helped that the universal feedback was that CloudSplit was genuinely breaking new ground in a valuable and emerging market.

I would definitely target and time the launch of any new company so that it aligned with TC50.

The Bad

The DemoPit works as a competition in which the conference attendees get chips which they donate to the most interesting projects. The two with the most chips on each day get to present the product on stage. Its a nice idea but is open to all sorts of gaming ranging from booth hotties simply trading on their looks and accosting people for chips without pitching to wholesale buying of chips. Basically you can forget getting on stage on merit alone.

I can’t fix the booth hottie problem but it should be easy enough to fix the chip buying problem by making the containers piggy banks rather than jars so that once chips are donated they can’t be retrieved to be resold.

I also think there would be more liquidity in the market if the attending companies were compelled to donate their chips to other companies rather then bunging them into their own jar. This could be achieved by only giving chips to DemoPit companies on the day they are *not* presenting.

On plus side we got our first chip quite early on from Mark Kvamme of Sequoia so we really did care too much about winning or losing the competition after that piece of validation.

The Ugly

The awards ceremony was a shambolic disgrace. Mike Arrington threw all his toys out of the pram and stormed of stage. Why ? Who cares. It was an insult to the winners of the awards and made Arrington the story instead of the winners. It soured the whole event for me.

If I was Mike I’d be keeping a pretty low profile as well.

The TechCrunch 50 DemoPit – Tried and Tested

We (Eamon, Sean, Moneesh, Paul) are all back at base Fillmore after a punishing 7 to 7 session on the DemoPit. Unlike normal conferences there is no let up at TC50 so ourselves and VidSchool were cracking our jawbones all day long.

Exhausting but very rewarding work. Both companies recieved huge validation for their offerings and like most SV events I have attended our calendars are full for the next few days.

The straight juice, there is no better place to launch a tech company.

Python Program to scrape the CRO Database

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the CRO database in the past few weeks, so I wrote this python script called croscraper.py to do a quick lookup on companies.

Usage is:

backus:~/Documents/workspace/CloudSplit/src/croscrape jpd$ python croscraper.py -h
Usage: croscraper.py <list of files>

Options:
 --version             show program's version number and exit
 -h, --help            show this help message and exit
 -c COMPANY, --company=COMPANY
 return information on company named <company>
 -d, --debug           turn on debugging
backus:~/Documents/workspace/CloudSplit/src/croscrape jpd$

To look up a specific company name or part of a name try,

backus:~/Documents/workspace/CloudSplit/src/croscrape jpd$ python croscraper.py -c cloud
{'Number': '44950', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'BLUE CLOUD LIMITED', 'Address': '46, LOWER LEESON STREET, DUBLIN 2.  '}
{'Number': '332318', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD 9 DESIGN LIMITED', 'Address': '21 CLOISTER AVENUE BLACKROCK CO DUBLIN '}
{'Number': '102707', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD DANCER LIMITED', 'Address': '18, MERRION SQUARE, DUBLIN 2.  '}
{'Number': '&', 'Type': '361040', 'Name': 'CLOUD ELECTRICAL ', 'Address': ' COMMUNICATION SERVICES LIMITED'}
{'Number': '472475', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD IGNITE LIMITED', 'Address': 'BAYVIEW HOUSE 49 NORTH STRAND ROAD DUBLIN 3 '}
{'Number': '466027', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'THE CLOUD NETWORKS (IRELAND) LIMITED', 'Address': "C/O O'MAHONY DONNELLY 10 MCCURTAIN HILL CLONAKILTY CO CORK"}
{'Number': '328355', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD NINE BEDS LIMITED', 'Address': 'Unit T1 Coolmine Industrial Estate Clonsilla Road Dublin 15'}
{'Number': '124102', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD NINE HAIRLINE (SALES) LIMITED', 'Address': 'BALLYMOUNT ROAD, DUBLIN 12.  '}
{'Number': '55964', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'CLOUD NINE PROMOTIONS LIMITED', 'Address': '********NO ADDRESS DETAILS******* ********NO ADDRESS DETAILS******* ********NO ADDRESS DETAILS******* ********NO ADDRESS DETAILS*******'}
{'Number': '311145', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'DILL CLOUD LIMITED', 'Address': '6 RICHMOND ROAD DRUMCONDRA DUBLIN 3 '}
{'Number': '316954', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'MUSHROOM CLOUD PRODUCTIONS LIMITED', 'Address': '3RD FLOOR WESTLAND SQUARE DUBLIN 2 '}
{'Number': '44954', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'RED CLOUD LIMITED', 'Address': '6, CAVENDISH ROW, DUBLIN.  '}
{'Number': '433681', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'ROLLIN CLOUD LIMITED', 'Address': '44 BELGRAVE SQUARE WEST RATHMINES DUBLIN 6 '}
{'Number': '175728', 'Type': 'Company', 'Name': 'SOLAR CLOUD LIMITED', 'Address': '38, ENNAFORT ROAD, RAHENY, DUBLIN 5. '}
backus:~/Documents/workspace/CloudSplit/src/croscrape jpd$

Gee look at all those cloud companies 🙂

It is left as an exercise to the reader to port the program to Google App Engine or get more data out of the CRO. I may do some more work on this in the future.

You will need Python installed to run this program. It has only been tested on a Mac.

CloudSplit – Real Time Cloud Analytics

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Myself and Eamon Leonard (with the gang from EchoLibre) have been cooking up a startup to capitalise on the huge growth in demand for Cloud Computing.

Our guess is that understanding the cost of the cloud is going to exercise people greatly in the future and CLoudSplit has been created to address that need.

CloudSplit will,

  • Track your cloud spend in real time
  • Give you a clear understanding of what you are spending and where
  • Send you alerts if your spending exceeds a threshold you define
  • Initiate a stoploss to cut off your cloud spend should you exceed your stop loss threshold

We plan to expand on these services in the future and are targeting users of Infrastructure as a Service products such as Amazon and Azure. So if you use those services and you want to understand your costs swing on over to CloudSplit.com and register your interest.

You can also follow us on twitter.

1.6 billion dollars of Irish Technology Exits since 2000

 

Chris Horn was looking for information on technology company exits since 2000. I had some data and with the help of some twitter buddies I grabbed a bunch of others last night.

Some of the numbers are in Euros (very few) and some exits are undisclosed so we can say with some degree of certainty that the the total exit values are,

 

1.6 billion dollars

That sounds like a lot of money (well it used to until our developers and banks blew 90bn) but we need to factor in a few other things get a proper understanding of whether this represents a real return on investment.

  • How much was invested (we could probably total EI and IVCA figures to get this number)
  • How much employment was generated (this represents tax income to the exchequer and economic activity)
  • How many are still employing people in Ireland today

Only when we have this data will we understand the true meaning of the 1.6bn USD.

Incidentally most of the data was retrieved from the excellent Thomas Crosbie Holdings Archives. I recommend site specific searching of this archive use the google site directive. For example to find stuff on Iona,

site:http://archives.tcm.ie/ iona

I have been tagging and information I find with the delicious.com tag #irishexits. Can I suggest anyone else looking do the same.

Framework 7 (FP7) Funding Information

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Dear Joe Drumgoole,

This newsletter updates you on relevant FP7 events, news and calls.
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National Support Office for FP7

Events

Events in the areas you have expressed an interest in:

SMEs Connecting with Framework Programme 7 – Dublin
Dates: 27/08/2009

Enterprise Ireland will host a series of 3 information seminars from the end August to start of September highlighting the opportunities and support structures for Irish SMEs to become involved in projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme. The schedule of event is as follows: Dublin on the 27th August 2009, Galway on the 2nd September 2009 and Cork on the 7th September 2009.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


SMEs Connecting with Framework Programme 7 – Galway
Dates: 02/09/2009

Enterprise Ireland will host a series of 3 information seminars from the end August to start of September highlighting the opportunities and support structures for Irish SMEs to become involved in projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme. The schedule of event is as follows: Dublin on the 27th August 2009, Galway on the 2nd September 2009 and Cork on the 7th September 2009.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


SMEs Connecting with Framework Programme 7 – Cork
Dates: 07/09/2009

Enterprise Ireland will host a series of 3 information seminars from the end August to start of September highlighting the opportunities and support structures for Irish SMEs to become involved in projects within the EU 7th Framework Programme. The schedule of event is as follows: Dublin on the 27th August 2009, Galway on the 2nd September 2009 and Cork on the 7th September 2009.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


ERC Starter Grants 2010 Information Session
Dates: 09/09/2009

European Research Council (ERC) grants aim to support “Frontier Research”, in other words the pursuit of questions at or beyond the frontiers of knowledge, without regard for established disciplinary boundaries. Applications can be made in any field of research – including the social sciences and humanities – with particular emphasis on the frontier of science, scholarship and engineering.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


How to Write A Competitive Proposal for Framework 7
Dates: 02/10/2009

The aim of this one day course is to train research managers and administrators in writing professional and competitive proposals for the Framework 7 Programme.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


How to Negotiate and Administer Framework 7 Grant Agreements
Dates: 12/11/2009

This course is targeted for those who have been successful in evaluations, those going through contract negotiation and those already participating in projects. It offers a strong set of templates and project management tools for negotiating and administering framework 7 grant agreements.

If you have any queries or would like to register for this event please use the online queries form. You can also contact the event administrators via .


These are free information events. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
When registering, please include your name, company or institution name, telephone number and email address.

Further Event Details can be found on our website www.fp7ireland.com, where you can also make an enquiry or express interest in the event.

Latest calls

Latest calls in the areas you have expressed an interest in:

Call: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant – Physical Sciences & Engineering

A Call for Proposals, commission id ERC-2010-StG_20091028, has been published under the European Research Council area priority of the Ideas section of FP7.
Publication date: 30/07/2009
Deadline: 28/10/2009
Budget: €528 237 600

The objective of the Starting Grant is to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, located in or moving to the EU Member States and Associated Countries, who are at the stage of starting or consolidating their own independent research team or, depending on the field, their independent research programme.

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=423.
For further information contact Dr Annie Curtis, Ms Sorcha Carthy.


Call: ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant – Life Sciences

A Call for Proposals, commission id ERC-2010-StG_20091118, has been published under the European Research Council area priority of the Ideas section of FP7.
Publication date: 30/07/2009
Deadline: 18/11/2009
Budget: €528 237 600

The objective of the Starting Grant is to provide critical and adequate support to the independent careers of excellent researchers, whatever their nationality, located in or moving to the EU Member States and Associated Countries, who are at the stage of starting or consolidating their own independent research team or, depending on the field, their independent research programme.

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=424.
For further information contact Dr Annie Curtis, Ms Sorcha Carthy.


Call: Research Infrastructures Calls: FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-2

A Call for Proposals, commission id FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-2, has been published under the Research Infrastructures area priority of the Capacities section of FP7.
Publication date: 30/07/2009
Deadline: 24/11/2009
Budget: €115 000 000

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=392.
For further information contact Ms Sarah Dunne.


Call: FP7 Security 2010

A Call for Proposals, commission id FP7-SEC-2010-1, has been published under the Security area priority of the Cooperation section of FP7.
Publication date: 29/07/2009
Deadline: 26/11/2009
Budget: €210 590 000

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=443.
For further information contact Dr Michael Murphy.


Call: 3rd Call for the FP7 Programme “Research for the Benefit of SMEs”

A Call for Proposals, commission id FP7-SME-2010-1, has been published under the Research for the Benefit of SMEs area priority of the Capacities section of FP7.
Publication date: 30/07/2009
Deadline: 03/12/2009
Budget: €136 840 000

This call is open to all SMEs on any Research field of interest.

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=380.
For further information contact Mr Sean Burke.


Call: Research Infrastructures Calls: FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1

A Call for Proposals, commission id FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1, has been published under the Research Infrastructures area priority of the Capacities section of FP7.
Publication date: 30/07/2009
Deadline: 03/12/2009
Budget: €216 940 000

Details of the call can be found at http://www.fp7ireland.com/Launch.aspx?calls_pkey=391.
For further information contact Ms Sarah Dunne.


For further information on these and other currently open calls go to www.fp7ireland.com

Latest news

Latest news on European wide research:

For these and other news go to www.fp7ireland.com. This service is managed by the National Support Office for FP7.

Bizcamp Dublin – 19th September 2009

 Bizcamp Dublin is hotting up and already has 129 attendees registered.

Speakers list below.

  • Ger Hartnett, Simple planning for startups.
  • Ciara Conlon,The importance of increasing personal productivity levels to help companies leverage their best assest and gain the competitive edge
  • Joe Drumgoole, Startups in Ireland. Where Do we go from Here?
  • Donagh Kiernan, Sales-side Corporate Partnerships, Strategic Alliances, Partnering into Markets, Establishing a Partner Programme
  • Una Coleman, Internationalisation of businesses – entering new markets
  • Johnny Beirne, Social capital is imperative
  • Caelen King, Online business models. I will looks at the value proposition of various online application and how these map into business models and how these revenue models can be adapted to maximise revenue. This will include Advertising (PPC, PPA, Affiliate), various subscription models, licensing and white labelling.
  • Alan O’Rourke, From Email to Sales: Conversion in Email Marketing
  • Claire Boyles, Twitter as a marketing tool
  • Thomas Pedoussaut, HubDublin, a project aimed to build a agile working space for entrepreneurs and long distance telecommuters
  • Michael FitzGerald, Practical efficiencies and productivity for the Small Business Startup
  • Adrian Avendano, Creating value using the left and right brain.
  • Anton Mannering, There’s No Such Thing as a Social Network
  • Amanda Webb, Facebook for business
  • Eoin Kennedy, Traditional PR meets online
  • Conor Lynch, Digital & social media marketing including community marketing featuring recent Irish case studies with top brands