Payments company YapStone has announced plans to almost triple its workforce over the next five years, through the addition of 200 positions at its Drogheda offices.

The new roles will be created as part of a €41m investment by the Silicon Valley-headquartered firm, which is being supported by IDA Ireland.

YapStone offers online and mobile payments products to a range of companies worldwide, including property sharing sites HomeAway and VRBO.

It established its international offices in Drogheda, Co Louth in 2012 where it currently employs 125 people.

Today, the firm announced plans to add more than 200 engineering and technology positions between 2018 and 2023 in order to cater to its rapid expansion.

“We have hired tremendous talent in Ireland, and they have played a major role in YapStone’s success and international expansion,” said YapStone co-founder and CEO Tom Villante, Co-Founder and CEO of YapStone. “It was a natural decision for us to expand our investment in Irish talent into technology.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan described the move as a “significant expansion” for YapStone and Drogheda and said it would serve as an “excellent reference site for IDA in marketing this key regional location”.

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald said the announcement would be “a great boost for the town” which tallied with the Government’s desire to drive “job creation in locations which are away from the bigger cities”.

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2017/1116/920584-yapstone-drogheda-jobs/ 

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Some 600 jobs could be created if the area surrounding Dundalk and Drogheda if the area is recognised as a cluster for e-payments companies, says a local industry group.

According to M1 Payments Corridor, the indigenous jobs could be created by 2021 if their bid to build the northeast into an internationally recognised cluster is successful.

With that goal in mind, the group has applied for €4 million in funding from Enterprise Ireland to help develop the brand and win out over other counties with established e-payment companies including Cork and Kerry.

Areas around Dundalk and Drogheda have attracted multinational payments companies in the past number of years including PayPal, State Street and Coca-Cola International Services. Following this, an enterprise hub in Drogheda saw an opportunity to brand the north-east as a digital payments zone.

“We examined three or four different sectors and the payments one jumped out,” said Breanndán Casey, business development manager at The Mill – Drogheda’s enterprise hub.

“In the past Drogheda and Dundalk would have been competing with each other, but now there’s a recognition that they need to work together,” he said.

The Mill, itself established only three years ago, “was recognition that we needed somewhere to help start-ups and develop businesses”, according to Mr Casey.

Collaboration

Government agency grants and philanthropic donations from companies operating in the region led to the foundation of The Mill. The hub has been successful in its mission to incubate companies with one such enterprise, Yapstone, now employing over 130 people in Drogheda having started in The Mill with 10 employees.

Another company hoping to “graduate” from The Mill next year is fintech start up Aphix Software. Graham O’Rourke, the company’s chief executive, said The Mill was “formative” in building his company and that without the M1 Payments Corridor, Aphix’s growth would have been slower.

“There’s no way without collaboration from the M1 Payments Corridor that we would have got Enterprise Ireland support,” he said.

“There were other fintech companies in the region that we partnered with early on and that gave us access to their UK customer base which helped us grow a lot faster.”

Mr O’Rourke’s software company currently employs 15 people based out of The Mill.

In addition to creating new jobs in the northeast, the M1 Payments Corridor hopes to use any funding to grow pre-incubator programmes, training programmes and collaboration opportunities between small and medium enterprises and multinationals that have invested in Ireland.

Source: Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/business/financial-services/recognition-of-northeast-as-e-payments-cluster-could-create-600-jobs-group-1.3249499

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This Workshop is ideal for those who already have a Facebook page for their business and want to learn more about how to increase engagement, add apps & advertise on Facebook

Advanced Facebook

The Workshop will also review Facebook’s page main features, schedule posts & media types, demonstrate how to use video on a Facebook page, explore Facebook Ad Campaigns – types, targets & Power Editor, run a Facebook competition,  add and use apps on your Facebook page, show Facebook insights and statistics what they mean.

Check out the Workshop Brochure

Date:     Tuesday 12th December 2017

Venue:  The Mill, Drogheda.

Time:    10 am to 2 pm

Cancellation Policy

A full refund is made for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the course / workshop commencement.  No refunds will be given to cancellations made afterwards.  Substitutions are permitted.

Cost:  €20    

Book your place here: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Louth/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/Advanced-Facebook.html

Bitcoin recently surged past $7,000 to hit a new record high. Why exactly are bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies on the rise? How secure are they?

It has been a year of unprecedented growth for the largely unregulated market, with dozens of new currencies appearing every month in “Initial Coin Offerings” or ICOs. There have been at least three dozen heists of cryptocurrency exchanges since 2011. More than 980,000 bitcoins have been stolen, which today would be worth about $4bn.

Refresh Boyne and the M1 Payments Corridor are delighted to welcome Jack Nagle to discuss the growth of cryptocurrencies, explain what exactly they are, and look at some of the potential security issues.

This will be an opportunity for informed debate on the merits and risks of cryptocurrency, and some prediction on it’ future.

 

Jack Nagle is Head of Business Development at DCU’s Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). A thirty year veteran of the IT Industry, with over 20 years in the area of Security and Compliance in a career that has spanned start-ups, consulting for the European Commission, implementation of major international projects, and positions with companies as varied as Baltimore Technologies, Cybertrust, McAfee and Verizon.

The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) is multi-institutional research centre located at Dublin City University. The vision for the Cloud Computing Technology Centre is to be an internationally recognised industry-led centre of excellence for innovation and applied research, that accelerates the development and adoption of Cloud technology and show cases Ireland’s capabilities in this field.

 

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda, Louth

Date: Wednesday, November 22nd

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Ticketshttps://cryptocurrencyandrisk.eventbrite.ie

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

TEDxDrogheda will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 at 18:00, providing a broad interpretation of the theme “Private Lives”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Tickets are now on sale, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket and €15 for a Concession Ticket (senior members 65+, students, unemployed).

Speakers have been announced on Wednesday, 4th October, and they are:

Colin Guilfoyle – a local game developer, talking about Digital Divorce and what cheating online really means.

Brendan Murray – losing identity upon retirement.

Keith McEvoy – will be giving a talk on post-job identity crisis. Do we have to build a new #identity when starting a new business?

Janie Lazar – will be discussing what identity in Ireland really means today, & how nationality is adding to our identity, NOT defining it.

Alan Costello – how technology is and will be changing our private lives.

Vinny McCoy – will be sharing his views on how school is sometimes not the answer. Your vision defines who you are!

Sarah Archer – with a talk on playing roles & wearing masks in public.

Caradh O’Donovan – winner of several World & European #kickboxing medals, talking about her devastating diagnosis.

For more information, please visit https://tedxdrogheda.com/ or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is a non-profit event and organizers would welcome any sponsorship or contribution from companies or individuals.

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Ignyte avatarThis is a quick update on the IgnYte 3 Application deadline. We have moved the starting date to 16 October, so if you’re interested in joining, please submit your application forms to us by email in the next two weeks.

About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Mentoring

As part of each project, each participant will be assigned a mentor. These mentors will be arranged by the Mill and will offer 1 to 1 advice and guidance for each participant.

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course:

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Please send the above application form to admin@themilldrogheda.ie 

Bill Liao is General Partner at SOSV, supporting, mentoring and investing in companies and startups at all stages of growth.

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Runs RebelBio in Europe, focusing on entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the field of synthetic biology.

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Co-founder of CoderDojo, a free global network formed to assist young people with learning computer programming, Bill also co-founded XING, a pioneering enterprise social networking platform.

The author of three books, Bill is a speaker at events such as The World Economic Forum, The Globe Forum in Sweden, TED and TEDx and also at major institutions such as The London School of Economics and The House of Commons.

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

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TEDxDrogheda 2017: “Private Lives”

TEDxDrogheda is back! The second TEDx event in the North-East of Ireland has been officially launched on Monday, 28th August 2017 under the title “Private Lives”. The event will be hosted in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “Identity”, with presentations by artists, social activists, entrepreneurs, historians, and academics from our local community.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: https://tedxdrogheda.com/ , deadline for submissions – 30th September 2017.

The organizing committee consists of Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of Gavin Duffy and Associates, Seán Ó Cearrúlláin – director of Sky High Productions, Barry James – speaker of TEDxDrogheda 2016.

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of Identity is related to personality or whether it involves something much broader such as our health, creativity, social equality, or environment”, said Orlaith Carmody, the Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie. “TEDxDrogheda represents technology, the arts, education, youth programmes, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Our common aim is to reach a diverse cross-section of our community and ensure a truly inspirational set of topics and talks”, said Graham O’Rourke.

Because TEDx events are intentionally small, designed to be intimate events that provoke discussion and promote connection, the seating at TEDxDrogheda will be limited to 100. “We are seeking an audience representing the broadest possible range of the community, including local residents and other members of the general public who are inspired by ideas and interested in connecting with others who share the same passion for knowledge”, concluded Anna Kurtisa.

Tickets will go on sale this month, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket, and €15 for a Concession Ticket (students, unemployed, and senior members 65+).

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit https://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/TED

Organisers

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

TEDxDrogheda Team:

276a5f1  Anna Kurtisa – Office Administrator of The Mill Enterprise Hub

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Georgina McKenna – director at Count Her In

 

About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyte programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Digital Marketing” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyte programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Social Media Tips and Tricks” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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