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By working together on a joint bid, two innovative Irish water engineering companies have secured a place on a major UK procurement framework.

Cleantech Civils, a civil engineering and construction company, and WEW Engineering, a professional water, energy, and wastewater engineering consultancy, partnered together to win a place on a framework for the Northumbrian Water Group (NWG).

The applicable Lots are for the Northumbrian Water Operating Area and for the Essex and Suffolk Water Operating Area, each worth £10m to £50m for work carried out over a four-year period.

Cavan, Ireland company Cleantech Civils is a family-run business with over 50 years in business delivering complex civil engineering and construction projects for a range of industries, including the water and wastewater sector, in line with international quality, safety, and environmental standards.

Its partner in the bid, WEW Engineering, is a professional engineering consultancy based in Kilkenny, Ireland.  It provides specialist niche process and MEICA (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control, and automation) engineering services to the water and wastewater Industry.

Enterprise Ireland support

Enterprise Ireland assisted the companies in securing the win by providing them with the services of a UK market pathfinder with extensive senior-level experience in the UK’s water industry, Lee Horrocks.

“Enterprise Ireland and Lee supported us in trying to realize new opportunities in the water market in the UK,” says Killian Smith, managing director of Cleantech Civils.

The company has completed many major public and private sector projects as main contractor, including the upgrade of water and sewer pipeline installation, construction of large sewerage and water treatment plants and pumping stations, as well as flood defense work.

It has offices in Ireland, England, and Scotland, where it works extensively in the water industry.

WEW Engineering was set up in 2012, by founders whose experience in the water industry dates to the 1970s.   In addition to the municipal sector, the consultancy provides environmental solutions for global industry leaders, such as the PM Group, pharmaceutical companies, and large food and drinks companies.

Cleantech Civils has the engineering works skills, while WEW Engineering provides the design and engineering support in developing water and wastewater treatment solutions.

“We look forward to challenges presented by Northumbrian Water Group and working together we can design and build the solution,” says Tony Mahon, Director WEW Engineering.

“Innovation is a key factor in what NWG is looking for, in relation to boosting sustainability and reducing carbon footprint.”

Flexible and agile

The success of the two SMEs – Cleantech Civils employs 60 people and WEW Engineering 11 – reflects a change in mindset among many awarding bodies when it comes to procurement, says Lisa Slattery, marketing and business development manager at WEW Engineering.

“There is a move away from larger contractors, and looking for more innovative solutions from smaller companies, including those that are flexible and can work collaboratively with other smaller companies to deliver solutions,” she says.

Killian Smith of Cleantech Civils agrees. “Smaller companies are agile and can react quickly at early engagement to support from ideation to fruition on the ground”.

“Our support will assist NWG in meeting their goals in relation to improving efficiencies, lowering bills, having zero interruptions and achieving its ambitious carbon targets”.

Innovation is key

Technology will help. Cleantech Civils has developed a proprietary mobile workers app that allows it to collate mobile data in real-time from all its works sites, allowing instant information via dashboard, which brings enormous added value to its clients, points out Aileen Bonner, bid manager at Cleantech Civils, who oversaw the joint bid.

WEW Engineering use AutoCAD Plant 3D to create 3D models of their designs and to generate Smart PIDs (intelligent piping and instrumentation diagrams). Design outputs are fully compatible with Revit and Navisworks. In addition, the company is in the process of achieving BIM level 2 certification.

Also, in their favor is the fact that all three organizations, Cleantech Civils, WEW Engineering, and NWG, share similar values. “We mirror one another in terms of being results-driven and customer-focused,” she adds.

NWG has highly ambitious sustainability targets, including a goal of achieving zero avoidable waste by 2025 and of being carbon neutral by 2027.

The fact that water companies in the UK will have mandatory standardized reporting of carbon capital by mid-2023 is something all contractors and suppliers to the sector must be aware of too. “It’s a major driving factor for this sector,” says Lisa Slattery.

From Ireland to the world Management at both companies believe further opportunities to partner up will follow.

“Covid and remote meetings have proven without a doubt that we can provide designs from here in Kilkenny to anywhere in the world. We’re currently working remotely on a global beverage corporation’s project in Uruguay,” says Tony Mahon.

Both are looking forward to building on their existing portfolio of water and wastewater projects across the UK and Ireland.

“We are delighted to have secured a place on both Lots to support the efficient delivery of the capital program for Northumbrian Water and their customers,” says Killian Smith.

“We are confident that Cleantech Civils, in partnership with WEW Engineering, will evolve, innovate and add value.”

The Irish Agri Innovation Showcase, taking place virtually September 14th-16th out of Dublin, will be a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from speakers such as David Butler and Frank O’Mara. As well as learn about new innovative products showcased from 10 Irish Agri companies. The companies will highlight products in various areas including:

  • Cultivation and seeding
  • Milking systems 
  • Slurry solutions
  • Grass
  • Fodder and more

The Innovation Arena Awards, consisting of 12 awards in total, will be presented at the showcase to companies that are improving agriculture efficiencies and leading the way in the future of farming. 

Day 1 of the showcase, attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Frank O’Mara, the newly-appointed director of Teagasc; the leading organization in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland. Previously, Prof. O’Mara served as a Teagasc Director of Research. Prof. O’Mara currently also holds the title of president of the EU Animal Task Force (ATF); which is a European public-private partnership concerned with the role of sustainable and competitive livestock production within the food system.

Day 1 will also highlight the following 5 companies: 

To register for Day 1 click here

Day 2, the winners of the 2021 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards will be announced. Attendees will hear from them as they discuss the future of agri-innovation. This year’s awards will focus specifically on innovation for a green future in agriculture, which includes lowering carbon emissions, improving efficiencies & sustainable agriculture.

To register for Day 2 click here

On the final day of the showcase, attendees will hear from keynote speaker David Butler, Head of Sustainable Food Systems Ireland (SFSI), a consortium of the largest agri-food organizations of the Irish Government. Before he ran SFSI, David managed the food investment promotion program of Enterprise Ireland.

Day 3 will also highlight the following innovative Irish companies:

This year’s Irish Agri Innovation Showcase will provide the opportunity for both attendees and companies to share and discuss the latest agricultural technology innovations in Ireland and learn about how they are transforming the agricultural industry. 

To register for Day 3, click here

Ireland’s uniquely open and collaborative economy develops world-class people and companies by meeting the needs of global market leaders. Always future-focused, Irish companies, with the support of the Irish Government, are hard at work developing innovations to tackle some of the world’s most important sustainability challenges.

Irish companies are playing a big part in the race to reach zero emissions — delivering world-leading innovation and new, sustainable solutions. From agriculture to construction, to waste management and offshore renewables, Ireland is fast becoming an international clean technology hub.

“Countries and organizations around the globe are setting ambitious sustainability goals to become more energy-efficient, and reduce their carbon footprints,” said Sara Hill, Head of Southern USA & Mexico, Enterprise Ireland. “Irish companies offer a distinctive blend of tech innovation and expertise. And these skills and knowledge create a real drive to make a difference in the world.”

Clean technology, or cleantech, encompasses the investment, technology, and business sectors, including clean energy, environmental, and sustainable or green products and services. Over the past decade, the global cleantech sector has grown substantially, and Ireland is playing an essential role in contributing to a sustainable region and world. Irish international exports from the sector increased by $85 million in 2019 to $535 million compared to the previous year. Not only is this good news for the Irish economy, which saw a nine-percent increase in cleantech jobs created last year, it means innovative Irish cleantech is having a global impact; helping to build a better, more sustainable world.

Companies such as Enterprise Ireland-supported NuLumenTek who exports globally from their Cork headquarters, play a crucial part in this growing and important sector for Ireland. As a provider of sustainable, smart, and energy LED lighting solutions, NuLumenTek, since 2012, has delivered some of the largest retrofits lighting projects in Ireland and the Middle East.

“The fastest way to net-zero is to become much more energy-efficient,” said Jim Healy, Managing Director, NuLumenTek. “If we look at the majority of the building stock, it is easy to identify ways to reduce their energy use by 50-percent through a range of optimization options such as the integration of monitoring, smart controls, and technology upgrades to lighting and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems”.

Many specialists Irish companies are providing end-to-end solutions to meet the needs of infrastructure providers, utilities and industry internationally. Following are just a few examples of innovative Irish companies working to make a genuine difference.

MagGrowis an agriculture spray technology that helps farmers grow more by using less. The system provides better coverage than conventional crop spraying systems. The two main benefits of the MagGrow system include a 70-percent drift reduction and a 20- to 40-percent increase in coverage. Their overall goal is to feed the world in a sustainable way and meet their environmental targets.

Wisetek is a global leader in IT asset disposal (ITAD), reuse, and data destruction services. Wisetek strives to provide world-class services to achieve maximum financial return from advanced reuse, remanufacturing, remarketing, and recycling of retired IT equipment. The company’s processes enable clients to be ethically responsible for their IT asset disposal and data destruction.

Ocean Energy generates energy as seawater pushes air through a turbine, and the spinning turbines convert the movement into electricity. A 100-megawatt wave farm could power more than 18,000 homes. The equipment could also be used to power desalination plants, fish farms offshore, or even underwater data centers (servers generate a lot of heat, so putting them in the ocean is one way to keep them cool). Waves are also a steadier, more predictable source of energy than wind or solar power, which need batteries or another form of storage for times when the sun or wind is unavailable.

ApisProtect uses unique, innovative technology to help beekeepers prevent losses and increase productivity in their hives. ApisProtect machine learning technology gathers data from multiple sources, including thousands of examples of healthy and weak colonies; disease testing; inspection reports; and aggregate, anonymized data collected from hives around the globe. ApisProtect algorithms use the data to understand hives and suggest actions for improved colony health.

NPV Energy delivers a highly efficient and sustainable wastewater treatment solution, providing an end-to-end service covering all aspects of the project, from calculating the feasibility of the installation. The company’s technology reduces chemical oxygen demand by more than 80 percent and total suspended solids by up to 50 percent, generates energy, produces 90% less sludge than other aerobic/activated sludge treatment installations.

C&F Green Energy is a world-leading, industry setting, manufacturer of small and medium-sized wind turbines on a mission to make wind energy affordable and accessible to the farm, home, and business. C&F Green Energy provides and installs high-yield, efficient, and low-noise wind turbines in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, France, Japan, and increasingly worldwide. The company’s mission is sustainability, and they are focused on making wind energy more affordable and accessible to everyone.

To connect with innovative Irish businesses, please visit irishadvantage.us.

Enterprise Ireland supported Jack Murphy combine country classics with city chic for U.S. launch

Irish clothing designer Jack Murphy has long been a favorite within the equestrian world both in Ireland and the UK with fans including Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Winslet. This collection features waterproof, waxed and tweed jackets and coats, with a selection of accessories including skirts and popular Boston hats. Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s trade and innovation agency, supported in bringing this limited edition collection across the Atlantic from the Emerald Isle.

“We’re very excited to see this new collection launch in the United States. It’s been great to see Jack Murphy’s timeless craftsmanship evolve over the years and this collection truly epitomizes classic outdoor clothing with urban wearability. We’re proud to support this classic meets contemporary launch,” Enterprise Ireland VP of Consumer Retail Anderson Pearce commented.

Renowned for its functionality, durability and attention to detail, Jack Murphy features perennial styles that are complemented with new seasonal textures and shades. Tweeds and wools are highlighted with leather, merging with softly structured outerwear and functional details.

Jack Murphy Sales Director Sarah Murphy says; “As a third-generation Irish family business, we are passionate about creating beautiful, purposeful clothing that is made to last. Our trend-proof, sustainable ‘slow fashion’ women’s and menswear collections focus on quality fabrics and styles. We are known for our signature tailored design in outerwear which feature waterproof and waxed jackets with complementary styles using Irish tweed and wool-based fabrics. We aim to capture a sense of comfort, self-expression and pride when wearing Jack Murphy and in doing so pass this joy and jacket on to the next generation. “Born in Ireland, made to last … Feels like home”.

This seasonal palette is inspired by the Irish landscape and brimming with radiant seasonal colours and rich textures. Colours span from soft moss, olive and winning greens to navy, Prussian blue and light blue to rose and blackberry. Vibrant checks and herringbone tweeds sit next to polished plain melton wools, waxed and waterproof finishes. The collection is designed to complement and coordinate with the range of perennial styles and the Heritage collection of waterproof and windproof coats and jackets.

The signature pieces of the collection include the elegant long tailored coat ‘Fran’ ($475-$600) named after Jack Murphy’s wife and Matriarch of the family, has a triple pleated and belted back, and comes in an array of nature-inspired shades from winning green, berry and light blue herringbone to Prussian purple check and traditional Donegal Magee tweed. The ‘Malvern’ long waterproof coat ($150) from their womenswear heritage collection plays on a traditional raincoat with contrasting colored seams and is available in blackberry, navy, and olive. The versatile belted ‘Cara’ wax utility jacket with 4 front pockets ($325) can be worn as a fashion statement or for outdoor use in olive, black and blackwatch.

Jack Murphy Clothing is available on line www.Jackmurphy.ie and is stocked in U.S. shops across Massachusetts, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois in addition to its international locations.

Web data extraction company, Zyte, is obsessed with removing barriers so their customers can access valuable data quickly and easily. Zyte connects clients with clean, actionable web data at any scale, without coding hassles, getting banned or broken spiders. For more than a decade Zyte has led the way in building powerful, easy-to-use ways to collect, format and deliver web data. The data Zype is able to extract helps thousands of organizations make smarter business decisions, secure competitive advantage and drive sustainable growth.

On September 30, Zyte will host their annual Extract Summit 2021 virtually — but that doesn’t mean it’s slowing down. Now in its third year, the virtual event offers the opportunity for attendees to participate in a variety of sessions, including a live-coding workshop and even a comedy show.

The one day summit kicks off at 12pm GMT / 7am EST with Zyte CEO Shane Evans and will include talks from 23 other speakers such as Abhijith HK, CEO of Codewave, Joshua Odmark, CTO of Pandio, Niall Hurley, CEO of Eagle Alpha, and many more.

Thanks to the virtual nature of the event, Zyte was able to bring together these international experts to take you through critical topics such as data quality, headless browsers, alternative data in finance, and legal aspects of web data extraction.

While the sessions will be recorded, there are several things you won’t want to miss from the live participation. Aside from the coding workshop, there will be an Ask Me Anything session where developers and data scientists will answer any questions or concerns attendees have on data science, data reverse engineering and solution architecture.

Other talks of note include ‘Need to scrape 20 websites in 30 hours?’ where Mikhail Korobov, Head of Development, Automatic Extraction at Zyte will guide you through Zyte’s new hybrid web data extraction approach that combines ML-based scraping and crawling with custom code. Mikhail will explain not only how Zyte’s product works, but how you can use the approach in your own scraping projects. If you’re about to embark on a large-scale data collection project, then Eric Platow, Senior Architect at LexisNexis’s talk ‘Taming the world wide web – Challenges faced when dealing with 100k+ websites’ is one you can’t miss.

Whether you’re in tech, finance, real estate, or any industry that requires working with data (so all of them) it’s important to understand the legal aspects of data collection. Here is where ​​’Legal hot topics in web data extraction’ comes into play. Tricia Higgins, CEO of Fort Privacy, Nina Fletcher, General Counsel at yipitDATA, along with Zyte Legal Counselors Kate O’Brien and Victoria Vlahoyiannis will explain the legal best practices you need to understand Data Processing Agreements, Data Protection Statements, DPIAs, LIAs, Intercompany agreements and internal policies and procedures.

For more information and to register for Extract Summit 2021 click here

Nualang™, a Learning Management System (LMS) from Fathom, an innovative software solutions and platforms creator, has released a new, ready-to-use classroom package specifically for grades 6-12 language teachers. Enterprise Ireland proudly supported Nualang in launching the platform within the United States for the 2021-2022 academic year to help fill the gap in remote language learning of conversation skills. Nualang uses AI to advance its mission to enable unprecedented communication, conversation, and pronouncement practice for students — all guided by the teacher.

“We know that when students are learning a language, they have to speak it, and there are many barriers that interfere, such as nuances in pronunciation and confidence in speaking to native speakers. That’s where Nualang comes in,” said Nualang CEO Greg Cawley. “We’re excited to share the next generation of Nualang and provide students with what they need to truly succeed,”

Nualang was developed to address a critical difficulty for students learning a new language — success with real-world conversation and pronunciation. Firsthand experience for Stephen Kelly, Nualang’s creator, provided the impetus. Kelly explained that despite language class and the availability of numerous world language programs and apps, he felt unprepared for high-stakes oral language exams in school and basic conversation skills while traveling. He began to design the program when he saw new technologies that could dramatically improve the communications and conversation aspects of language learning.

In early 2021, Enterprise Ireland’s support with the US launch lead to partnerships with schools throughout the country and 1,000 teachers and students from the US, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico taking part in the pilot program. Ireland is the ninth-largest source of foreign direct investment in the United States, valued at over $225 billion, and providing employment in all 50 states.

“With remote learning becoming more accessible, connecting people through language has never been more important,” said Sophie O’Donnell, Trade Development Executive at Enterprise Ireland. “Enterprise Ireland is proud to support Fathom’s expansion throughout the United States, helping students enhance their foreign language and ESL skills. Nualang exemplifies the innovation of Irish companies such as Fathom that are building on that Irish impact in the United States by applying their expertise in the field of digital technologies such as AI to address and solve real-world problems with great effect.”

Since launching, Nualang™ has become a hub for world language teachers looking to customize and share lessons and currently offers programs for Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese, with more to come. Teachers can easily create relevant translations, listening and pronunciation exercises, plus digital roleplays and chatbot interactions.

The program applies chatbots and machine learning to support interactive conversations and the best technologies for translation and pronunciation to augment language learning. What’s clear is that educators particularly like the platform’s unique speech recognition feature and being able to create fun and effective exercises for students. Students like setting up their avatars, hearing different voice recordings for pronunciation, and interacting with the program’s chatbot, Nualas.

Nualang is at the center of a thriving community for world language educators where they can create, customize and share lessons. Additionally, Nualang enables teachers to design complete courses or discrete exercises customized to their students’ needs. With its unique communications practice, the platform advances language proficiency and prepares students for Language AP tests and Oral Language Exams.

To learn more or to sign up for a free trial or request a live demonstration, all world language educators and tutors are invited to visit Nualang.com

by Paul Burfield, Senior Vice President, Western United States, Enterprise Ireland.

I relocated to Silicon Valley in 2014 and have become willingly absorbed into the world’s most advanced early-stage ecosystem and the global epicenter of the funding of that ecosystem. I have been fascinated by the breadth and scale of venture investing across this region and the various intricacies of what it takes to attract attention and ultimately obtain a check from a Valley-based venture fund.

Despite the magnitude of the industry across the Bay Area and California, venture funds are still in effect businesses and face their own set of distinct business challenges, particularly the more emerging funds. If you are a General Partner (GP) in a tier-one fund, you sleep well. However, if you are a GP in the vast majority of funds, i.e. those less than $300M, then you are quite often tossing and turning at night over one or more of the following aspects — or possibly all:

How do I raise the first or the next fund?

If there are ten things occupying the mind of an emerging fund GP, the top 5 are Limited Partners (LPs). For more than half of all VC funds, their first fund is their last. Only a small percentage of funds go on to raise their 3rd or more. Despite 2020 being a record year for the amount of capital raised by funds, it was also a year characterized by the “big getting bigger” and the smaller funds continuing to face challenges despite the general appetite for venture investing as an asset class increasing significantly.

The appetite from pension funds, endowments and institutions to increase their resource allocations toward venture capital has never waned. However, the exciting growth prospects for the industry, in my view, are coming from HNWIs. These high-net-worth individuals constitute a significant stored value of prospective capital and are eager to be “brought on the journey” of better understanding the potential returns of the asset class and how they can be more hands-on in the investment process in conjunction with or alongside the fund. An arm’s length LP is always a GP’s preference, but the winds are increasingly blowing from the other direction.

Receiving “on point” introductions to deal flow

The “numerics” surrounding venture investing has always intrigued me. The suggestion that GP’s assess 1K+ deals a year and invest in less than 1% has perhaps exaggerated the level of perfection that is required for any founder to obtain a term sheet. The reality is that VCs are sophisticated investors and are not often deeply assessing anywhere near that volume. Roughly 70% of what comes into them via their ecosystem of connections is screened out without a meeting based on stage, various data points, thematic or for simply not being a good fit for the fund. Despite being grateful for the connections to prospective deal flow, all GP’s are internally asking us to “be better” at who we refer.

Getting into deals, building a reputation

There are 10K+ early-stage companies in the Bay Area at various points along their funding cycles with a general probability that maybe, just maybe, 1% will break out and achieve unicorn status. How do you get into those deals as an emerging fund? Swim further upstream and write a larger number of smaller checks? Lift the eyes beyond the Bay Area/USA and consider international startups? Both? Either way, it starts by building a brand and reputation of having a solid track record of either having “been there done that” as a founder or by demonstrating a successful investment history over many years.

It’s also perhaps fair to say that VCs are often deep subject matter experts in their specific verticals but face challenges when marketing themselves or their funds. Messaging that espouses being “passionate about working with visionary founders” is insufficient to support higher quality referrals or create a compelling differentiation for a fund in what is a genuinely highly competitive market.

To address this, and part of what is now widely referred to as platform, GP’s of a growing number of funds are now increasingly redirecting a portion of management fees toward the internal build out of teams across traditional marketing disciplines. The focus being to support the development of their own value proposition and clear messaging, enabling an improved positioning of the fund in the eyes of both potential LP’s and founders.

How to accelerate the growth of my portfolio

My favorite topic! Over and above the zeros on the term sheet, founders are increasingly expecting their investors to provide active support post-investment. The result is the extension of a fund’s investment in platform beyond marketing and community, into the facilitation of “hands on” business development support to portfolio companies post investment. Advice, direction, and especially connections to prospective customers and partners are what early stage founders covet most and when effective, can not only accelerate the portfolio’s direct revenue growth but also the subsequent return on the fund. These types of direct supports that were once provided in an ad hoc manner to founders by their funders are now increasingly explicit and structured.

For emerging funds, it can be difficult to absorb the initial costs (i.e. headcount) before ROI is demonstrable. As such, this is a problem that seems to be crying out for an outsourced solution. The opportunity for major players in the ecosystem, including banks and professional service firms, to “productize” a platform as a service offer feels palpable.

As the West Coast Head of Venture Growth for the largest seed-stage investor in Europe, the impact of Enterprise Ireland’s investment in platform can be evidenced by our own H1 2021 results. In the first half of 2021, Enterprise Ireland’s teams of venture growth executives delivered the following:

  • Created 2,365 virtual meetings between our portfolio companies and prospective customers and partners
  • Brokered and delivered 585 new contract wins for our portfolio
  • Supported portfolio companies to expand into 173 new office locations in key international target markets.

It’s no longer just the zeros on the term sheet or perhaps even the valuation; it’s increasingly more about the knowledge, network and connections that we as investors can provide to our founders to accelerate the success of our portfolio companies in their key markets.

This article was originally posted on Paul Burfield’s LinkedIn.

The US and Canada are tackling major questions around climate change, creating more versatile green spaces, and defining the future of work. As we envision urban planning in a post-COVID world, the shifting attitudes toward commuting, sustainable living, and the development of bike-friendly cities across North America have gained new importance.

In a recent webinar titled The Future of Bike Lanes and Trails, Enterprise Ireland explored the future of sustainable transportation and infrastructure planning through the lens of bike lanes and trails, featuring thought leaders in the space and award-winning Enterprise Ireland supported company, Multihog. 

Multihog manufactures a range of multi-purpose sweepers and tractors for various sectors including airports, local authorities, highways, bike lanes, and greenway management. Multihog products are renowned for their innovative design, robust build, and powerful performance, and today are sold worldwide through a network of almost 100 dealers. 

The webinar was moderated by Joe Gorman, US Market Executive, Enterprise Ireland, and featured insights from:

  • Ben Anderson, Street Commissioner, City of West Lafayette
  • Caron Whitaker, Deputy Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists
  • Michael Ferris, US Sales Manager, Multihog

The webinar addressed such topics as:

  • Urban planning in the post-COVID 19 era
  • The current state of bike-friendly cities in the US and Canada
  • Maintenance and safety of bike lanes and trails
  • Looking to the future: regulatory and legislative change
  • The creation of sustainable cities across North America

Watch the full discussion here.

To learn more about Irish Industrial innovators contact Joe Gorman

Enterprise Ireland client company ShinAwiL brings aboard former NBC executive Chuck LaBella to develop a portfolio of new programming—with US-based talent for US-based audiences

For more than 20 years, leading Irish television production company ShinAwiL has produced many of the biggest smash-hit global programs specifically for the Irish market, including ‘The Apprentice’, ‘Dragons’ Den’, ‘MasterChef Ireland’, ‘The Voice of Ireland’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’. The company is now using this proven production experience to create original programming for the US. We are pleased to announce that ShinAwiL has hired former NBC television executive Chuck LaBella to drive their ambitious strategy into the US television market.

According to ShinAwiL CEO & Exec Producer Larry Bass, LaBella will join as ShinAwiL’s Los Angeles-based Executive Producer to develop and package new shows with US-based talent and to build partnerships with Irish production companies and US networks.

“I’ve known Chuck for many years, and he has always been a fantastic friend to many Irish companies and producers, so it made great sense when we looked to work with someone who knew the US networks and market,” said Bass. “I’m very excited to tap into Chuck’s vast contact list, and I’m looking forward to working together to bring talent to our new formats and our TV dramas in the US. Chuck is already helping add value to our slate with access to great talent and like-minded producers in the US as we grow the ShinAwiL brand Stateside.”

Founded in 1999, ShinAwiL specializes in entertainment, factual entertainment, live event programming, and scripted drama and is one of the largest and most successful independent production companies in Ireland. The company’s unscripted team produces some of the biggest TV entertainment brands in the world for Irish audiences. ShinAwiL worked closely with the Enterprise Ireland US team to accelerate their progress into the US television market.

“From the first time I connected with Irish producers, I felt a kindred spirit and have spent many happy visits making friends in Ireland. So, as I build up my production capacity, this chance to work with innovative and experienced producers is a no-brainer!” said LaBella. “Having seen ShinAwiL’s plans for US expansion, we have complementary skill sets that point toward great times ahead. I look forward to introducing some excellent new productions from Ireland to my hometown.”

ShinAwiL launched its scripted division in 2019 and oversaw production on A+E Networks International’s ‘Miss Scarlett and the Duke’ for Element 8. The scripted division is led by Aaron Farrell (‘Vikings’, ‘The Borgias’) with industry veteran Mary Callery, former commissioning editor – Drama at RTE and Project Manager at Screen Ireland.

With one of the world’s oldest storytelling traditions, Ireland is globally recognized as a creative innovation hub. With its record of success in partnerships with studios in the US, the Irish digital and creative sector has grown significantly in the last decade. Film and television, animation, and other creative visual sectors have become a cornerstone of Ireland’s vibrant production industries and an integral part of the overall digital economy.

“Ireland’s rich heritage in TV & film production has developed a global reputation for combining storytelling, artistry, and innovation to produce award-winning entertainment for some of the world’s biggest networks,” said Hannah Dobson, VP Entertainment & Media at Enterprise Ireland. “Many Irish firms work with Hollywood filmmakers to bring the strong tradition of Irish creativity to their Los Angeles partners, and now, with Chuck LaBella’s expertise on board, ShinAwiL is bringing this level of creative inspiration to US television.”

To learn more about Irish Entertainment innovators contact Hannah Dobson

An Enterprise Ireland webinar hosted leaders from the healthcare industry discussing how lessons learned during the pandemic shaped their supply chain strategies with a focus on assuring resilience.

Enterprise Ireland recently presented a two-part/two-panel webinar discussion titled Market Insights: Building a Resilient Supply Chain and Distribution Network in North America. The webinar brought together thought leaders from across North America’s Lifesciences sector to share their knowledge and expertise on how to keep the industry moving forward while navigating a continuously shifting, global supply chain landscape.

The first topic, Improving Supply Chain Resilience Between North America and Ireland, was moderated by Jennie Lynch, Senior Vice President of Life Sciences, Enterprise Ireland, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Panelists discussed pandemic-exposed vulnerabilities in both supply-chain infrastructure and its performance, as well as future threats to the value chain.

Panelists for this first topic featured:

    Curtis Lancaster, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Westchester Medical Health Network

    David Walsh, Director of Supply Chain Administration, Boston Children’s Hospital

    Randi Elkind, Director, Global API Procurement, Business Analytics, Apotex

    Charles Miceli, Vice President Network Chief, Supply Chain Officer, University of Vermont Health

The second discussion, Partnering for Success: Distribution and International Supply, was moderated by Sam Tarantino, Head of BioScript Logstics. Within this topic, panelists discussed North American distribution channels with a focus on the disruption caused by the pandemic, and ways in which the industry has responded. Panelists also discussed the attributes of a successful distribution partnership, and provided insights to international suppliers seeking to enter the market.

Panelists for the second topic featured:

    Mike Canzoneri, President & CEO Canadian Hospital Specialties

    Christine Donaldson, VP Pharmacy Services HealthPRO

    Jesse Ledger, CEO, Miravo Healthcare

Altogether, this insightful 120-minute webinar covered many topics focused on building a more resilient healthcare supply chain and distribution network. Panelist points touched on how supply chains need to be de-centralized and shorted to prevent future disruptions and how advanced data analytics and blockchain-type technologies can promote transparency and accountability in supply chains.

“We went through the pandemic just like everybody else, and in my 30 years of supply chain experience, this was probably the worst situation I’ve encountered,” said Walsh. “Even in the face of past emergencies like hurricanes and floods, the pandemic showed us how we need to work together as a global team.”

Supply chain health has always been an important issue in healthcare, often with disruptions happening just when supplies are needed most. The supply chain’s critical importance was exposed at the onset of the pandemic with the slowing of supply chains and finished goods from APAC and the resulting impact on many businesses in North America. Earlier this year, the importance of supply chain resilience was elevated by the White House as an issue of national security, and an executive order on resilient supply chains was issued. 

“The supply chain challenges that we have always had were further exacerbated by the pandemic and heightened things like the geographic reality of our supply base, and the need to create heat maps and understanding where the hard-hit areas on the globe are,” said Elkind. “By overlaying that info with the location of our suppliers helped us focus our attention on those suppliers that were in those hot zones. We needed to very quickly understand how to react to the information to be responsive to the pandemic situation.”

The panels discussed how many aspects of the procurement had previously been handled by distributors and other partners, which often resulted in limited supply visibility regarding what was shipping, where it was, where it was manufactured.

“In many cases, we had put ourselves in a bad position where we had no visibility into what was coming, where it was, where it was manufactured,” said Lancaster. “Since then, we’ve focused deeply on building a resiliency program. I’ve hired a resiliency manager to focus on this and build up that program and build the relationships. We’re trying to partner in different ways to have more control and to be able to have that transparency.”

The panels stressed that understanding their suppliers’ supply chain was not something that they put a lot of focus on in the past, but moving forward, it’s critical to know who the suppliers’ suppliers are and to have work-around relationships in place. Additionally, companies are now looking to move away from having a single, large supplier and instead are building relationships with multiple, smaller suppliers (often from a mix of different countries) that they can pivot with in the event of supply chain disruption. 

“When we went over to Enterprise Ireland, we were able to visit a couple of different companies, one of them was Fleming Medical in Limerick, and then we ended up continuing further west to Galway to other manufacturing sites,” said Lancaster. “These visits opened our eyes to the capabilities that are sitting in Ireland for us to be able to partner and build a relationship so we have somebody we can look to for help.” 

Lynch added that Ireland is very strong from a manufacturing perspective regarding respirators, ventilators, and nebulizers, and Irish companies worked diligently to export a lot of supplies into the US and Canadian markets when there was a dire need for ventilators.

“Healthcare organizations, in general, need to work more directly with the manufacturers. They want to know where the factories are, they want to know what their plans are, and this is a good development,” said Walsh. “Our jobs are changing. It’s not just looking at a piece of paper and ordering something. We have to become more of a supply chain expert understanding the global perspective from start to finish.”

“We rely heavily on CMOs around the world to manufacture our products, whether it’s the active ingredients that go into them, or the finished products themselves,” said Ledger. “So really looking at dual sourcing where it’s financially possible and really beefing up the investment that we’ve made into our supply chain is critical.”

Across the board, supply chain professionals are seeing the intersection of many different types of innovations and technologies. New methodologies and technologies are being developed to collect and analyze data that were previously managed through emails and phone calls. From blockchain tools to AI to robotics, new digital and connected data points will unify global supply chains.

“When disasters hit, I think blockchain and artificial intelligence will be able to give an early alert of issues and then help us map the transportation disruption around the world,” added Lancaster. “During the pandemic, we needed to redirect the transportation of a shipment to a different part of the world, so we unfolded a map and we’re drawing lines, trying to figure it out in a very old school way. As an industry, we can do much better.”

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Note: Participant quotes have been paraphrased and edited for brevity.

To learn more about Irish LifeSciences innovators contact Jennie Lynch

 

These Enterprise Ireland-supported companies are taking green beauty from the Emerald Isle to your home.

Plastic Free July is coming to an end soon, so there is no better time to make the swap to a sustainable beauty brand. Plastic Free July is a global initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic by encouraging people to make the switch to environmentally conscious products.

While Ireland is often known as the land of saints and scholars, it is also home to some of the most innovative, environmentally conscious beauty companies. Over the years, Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s trade and innovation agency, has helped these eco-friendly brands go from household names in Ireland to favorites in the US and Canada. These products will take your entire beauty routine – from teeth whitening to bronzer and body lotion – to a greener place without sacrificing quality.

Modern Botany Modern Botany Multi-tasking Oil – $43

Based out of West Cork, Ireland, Modern Botany’s Multi-Tasking Oil is formulated with 5 natural active ingredients and aromatic essential oils to effectively nourish, hydrate, and improve the appearance of skin and hair. The healing actives contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to calm and soothe even the most sensitive skin.

The Handmade Soap Company – Because You’re Amazing Gift Set – $55

The Handmade Soap Company has taken an unused linen mill in Slane Village, Ireland, and turned it into an energy-independent beauty wonderland. Their Because You’re Amazing Gift Set brings the gorgeous scent of lemongrass and cedarwood to your routine with their natural shower gel, body lotion, and hand cream, to make your skin feel as amazing as you are.

Sculpted by Aimee Bronze Base – $27

Dublin-based Sculpted by Aimee has launched a refill program for their Bronze Base Face Tan as well as a new rewards program that encourages recycling – ReSculpted. Through their partnership with Terracycle, customers globally can return any 5 Sculpted goodies once done with them to earn points and plant a tree.  Bronze Base is a fuss-free facial tanner guaranteed to give you bronzed, glowing skin overnight while hydrating and nourishing your skin with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. 

Spotlight Oral Care Conscious Oral Care Kit – $35

Irish sisters Lisa and Vanessa Creaven took their experience as dentists and transformed it into a sustainability-oriented oral care phenomenon. The Spotlight Oral Care Conscious Care Kit includes a 100% recyclable packaged Whitening Toothpaste, 100% recycled Dental floss, and a 100% naturally antibacterial recyclable Bamboo Toothbrush!

Tan Organic – Tan Organic Self Tan Tan Oil – $40

Kildare Ireland-based TanOrganic Self-Tan Oil is a revolutionary world-first tan product. Like all TanOrganic products, the Self-tan Oil is Eco-Certified, Leaping Bunny Approved, Vegan Certified, and formulated using 100% natural & organic ingredients. TanOrganic has recently rebranded, and with their new look came their new purpose. For every bottle sold, TanOrganic are funding to recover 1LB of ocean-bound plastic from the environment.

The universal popularity and proliferation of streaming services have brought many changes to the movie and film industry. As services and networks work to procure, create and offer a very high level of content, the production landscape has undergone significant change. Especially now, the digital and creative industries are looking to partner with organizations from all over the world for fresh ideas and unique, creative content.

One of the global creative regions that has experienced a wave of popularity is Ireland. Ireland has one of the world’s richest storytelling traditions and is now recognized as an important creative innovation hub. For generations, the oral traditions of Ireland passed on information through song, poetry and captivating narratives. Ireland is indeed a nation of storytellers, and today’s digital storytellers are advancing that tradition on a global basis.

With its booming creative industry and record of success in partnerships with studios in the U.S., the Irish digital and creative sector has grown significantly in the last decade earning well-earned, global recognition. Content production and creative technologies have become a cornerstone of Ireland’s vibrant film industry and an integral part of the overall digital economy.

As digital technology has leaped forward in recent years, Irish producers have become adept at creating content not only for TV and film, but also games, mobile and VR/AR applications. A highly professional and coordinated industry cooperates at home and abroad to produce marketable works while losing none of its distinctive magic.

Ireland’s rich heritage in TV and film production has developed a global reputation for combining storytelling, visual artistry and digital innovation to produce award-winning entertainment for some of the world’s biggest networks. With a strong focus on R&D, innovation, upskilling and new talent development — much of which is supported by Enterprise Ireland — Irish visual entertainment is set to continue enchanting international audiences for decades to come.

“With a deep heritage for combining magical storytelling, artistry and innovation in entertainment, Ireland has become a respected force across the animation, TV and film industries,” said Hannah Dobson, Vice President of Entertainment & Media, Enterprise Ireland. “Irish creative firms create unique content for TV, film, games, mobile and VR/AR applications. Supported by a government with a strong focus on R&D, innovation and new talent development, Irish visual entertainment today is enchanting audiences all around the world.”

Many Irish firms are working with Hollywood filmmakers and studios such as Amazon Studios, Netflix, Disney, YouTube and others to bring the strong tradition of Irish storytelling to their Los Angeles partners. Some of the inspiring Irish companies who are excelling through their work with the U.S. industry to embrace storytelling include:

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is a five-time Academy Award-nominated animation studio which has achieved critical acclaim for its stories, “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” which explore rich, traditional Irish Folklore and storytelling. The critical acclaim continues with “Wolfwalkers,” produced by Cartoon Saloon for AppleTV+. “WolfWalkers” received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Movie. This follows on from their winning sweep at the ANNIES, with five wins, including Independent Feature.

ShinAwil is one of Ireland’s leading independent production companies specializing in entertainment, factual entertainment, live event programming and scripted drama. They recently produced “Miss Scarlet & the Duke” for A&E Networks, an English period detective drama airing on Sundays under PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater.”

Element Pictures, whose multi-award-winning titles such as Lenny Abrahamson’s “ROOM” and Sally Rooney’s “Normal People” — which also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television — are results of excellent partnerships with BBC, Hulu and others. The wild success of these productions is fostering the development of additional high-profile projects.

Giant Animation is an independent CG animation studio dedicated to creating and producing world-class content for TV and film. Launched in 2012, their work has been selected for the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, nominated for an IFTA and has won two consecutive Digital Media Awards for Best TV & Animation. Today, the company is steadily gaining a foothold in the U.S. market having worked with several leading multinational studios and streamers.

Jam Media is one of the leading creators and producers of multi-award-winning animated and live-action content for the children’s and preschool audience. Their content has been sold to over 80 territories, translated into 23 languages and viewed by over 130 million people. Jam’s award-winning titles include “Little Roy,” “Becca’s Bunch” and “Jessy & Nessy.” The company also founded and runs the Animation Dingle Festival each year, further strengthening Ireland’s position as a worldwide center of excellence in animation.

To learn more about Irish Digital Entertainment innovators contact Hannah Dobson