South East BIC and TSSG Host Seminar at Start Up Gathering Waterford October 6th

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PIC Michael Maddock, CEO South East BIC & Barry Downes, CEO. TSSG

Grants supports, angel investment and innovation options for startups and early stage businesses will be the focus of a specialist event taking place during the Startup Gathering in early October.

As part of the Startup Gathering, South East Business & Innovation Centre (South East BIC) and Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) are co-hosting the seminar ‘Driving Business Forward: Funding & Innovation Supports for Start-ups and SMEs’ on Tuesday, October 6th, at the Tower Hotel, Waterford from 2pm to 5.30 pm. The event will help individuals and small business drive their business forward by hearing how to access the funds and innovative ideas that are needed to set up or expand business.

South East BIC & TSSG want to help demystify the process and raise awareness of the various funding sources currently available. The seminar brings funders and innovators for businesses under one roof to explain the funding and innovative opportunities available and how to access them. Innovation options that businesses can avail of include mobile platforms & services, security privacy & identity, data analytics & social computing.

Mr. Michael Maddock, CEO, South East BIC, speaking about the event said “This is a must attend event for any entrepreneur or expanding SME who is seeking funding, particularly those who require or are seeking private equity partners to enable them achieve the maximum international development potential of their business or idea. We also welcome private investors who want access to ambitious early stage companies with strong growth potential”.

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276 jobs to be announced for south-east in Eishtec, Bluefin and CipherTechs

Kilkenny-city-718x523The week is getting off to a good start with the news that, across the south-east of Ireland, three companies – Eishtec, Bluefin and CipherTechs – are to announce a total of 276 new jobs for the region.

The largest of this morning’s jobs announcements is expected to be coming from customer care company Eishtec, which will announce 200 new roles as part of the opening of a new call centre in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

According to RTÉ, senior officials within the Government and IDA Ireland says that hiring will begin immediately and will spread over the next six months.

This will bring the company’s total workforce to 1,300 people, spread across Eishtec’s other centres in Craigavon, Waterford and Wexford.

Eishtec recently partnered with Carphone Warehouse’s new mobile phone network, iD, to provide their customer service support.

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TSSG featured on WLRfm

01TSSGlogo60mmThis week sees TSSG being featured on WLRfm lunchtime news as part of a week long series profiling the work at TSSG.  It includes interviews with CEO, Barry Downes, WIT President Prof. Willie Donnelly and COO, Kevin Doolin.

To listen back please click attached links below

CEO Barry Downes on TSSG & FEEDHENRY by Red Hat & Prof Willie Donnelly on the Smart Agri Sector

Further interviews with COO Kevin Doolin on new app ‘Fuseami & Dr Steven Davy on Safer Cycle Project

Interviews by Christine O Meara, Commercialisation Specialist on ‘Wizeoni‘and Research Unit Manager Eric Robson DM&SC

Frances Cleary talks on Cybersecurity and Mick O Brien on Mobile Services

Final interviews see CEO Barry Downes talking about the future of Virtual Reality, Sean Lyons on a current project SECO and finally Prof. Willie Donnelly on IoT (Internet of Things)

Waterford Based Sedicii awarded ‘Technology Pioneer 2015′ World Economic Forum

sediciiSedicii, based at Waterford Institute of Technology’s,  ArcLabs Innovation Centre  is the only Irish company to join the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2015.

The programme recognises early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

Technology Pioneers come from a wide range of sectors such as life sciences and health, energy and environment, information technologies and new media.  Past companies listed have included Google, SoundCloud, Dropbox, Wikimedia and Twitter.

Sedicii was chosen from hundreds of candidates by a professional jury which included Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, and Henry Blodget, editor of Business Insider.

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Internet of things will require a new kind of tech graduate – Barry Downes, TSSG

Pic Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG

Pic Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG

The CEO of one of Ireland’s foremost internet and communications R&D hubs, TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology, Barry Downes, has said the advent of the internet of things will require a fusion of coding, hardware and electrical engineering skills.

Downes’ TSSG (Telecommunications Software and Systems Group) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), has struck upon a methodology for turning college research into spin-out success. Focused on everything from broadband to 4G and even 5G, it is one of Europe’s foremost research groups focused on the future of communications and how it impacts our world.

The most glaring example of this has been FeedHenry, which was acquired last year by Red Hat for €63.5m, and proves that you don’t need to be based in a bustling metropolis or Silicon Valley to make an impact on the technology world.

“TSSG at its core is a science-driven organisation very focused on the future of key areas like communications.

“With FeedHenry we saw a gap for enterprises long before enterprises would need to have an enterprise-grade platform to help with mobility. Our researchers built a sophisticated middleware platform that became the FeedHenry cloud.”

He said that TSSG is now laser-focused on a number of key areas, including smart agriculture, internet of things (IoT) and the emerging world of virtual reality.

Waterford’s TSSG is currently bidding to lead a €30m EU-wide pilot focused on how smart technologies and the IoT could transform Europe’s agricultural landscape.

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