Waterford's Arc Academy seeks entrepreneurial recent graduates and current students


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Arc Academy is the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) entrepreneur development programme which runs from June 12th until August 4th.


“The Arc Academy is provided by WIT for aspiring entrepreneurs who are or recently have been WIT students. We’re now accepting late applications and we urge recent students and current WIT students to get in touch with us as soon as possible,” said Ciarán Cullen, Manager of ArcLabs, WIT’s innovation hub.


Over the summer Arc Academy participants will benefit from free:


  • Incubation in a co-working environment in ArcLabs until September 1st
  • Enterprise Workshops (two per week)
  • Enterprise Development Mentoring
  • Technology Development Mentoring (ICT & Engineering)
  • Enterprise Management Buddy
  • Entrepreneur encounter workshops
  • Access to Local Enterprise Office, Enterprise Ireland and South East BIC advisers
  • Support to apply for relevant enterprise funding and the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur programme and New Frontiers where appropriate.


“This follows the success of a one-day bootcamp which gave students an overview of Creative Innovation; Defining the Problem to be solved and Vision for the Future; Protecting your idea; Constructing a Persona; Business Model Canvass to help the participants to identify their Market and Key features.”


Following the bootcamp event Dr Cordula Hansen, Programme Leader BA(Hons) Design Visual Communications and Director and Founder, WIT Research Group for Design and Social Innovation (DASI) said:


"We are delighted that students from such diverse disciplines are taking part in this event. Especially in the start-up space, we see the importance of communication and mutual respect between technologists, designers, salespeople and managers. From listening to the students' business ideas and conversations, I think they are clearly aware that they will need to collaborate with others. In order to build on their creativity and enthusiasm, connections are vital, and events such as these provide a really important networking environment for students."


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Waterford Fertility to host free fertility advice seminar


Waterford Fertility, one of Ireland’s leading fertility and IVF clinics, is to host a free information seminar on Tuesday, June 27th at 6pm. The event will be held at its clinic at Maritana Gate, Canada Street. 


Waterford Fertility, one of Waterstone Clinic’s four centres nationwide, has seen a 52% increase in the number of couples in Waterford availing of fertility services.


A team of consultant gynaecologists, scientists and fertility nurse specialists will talk at the seminar about maximising chances of conception and explain different treatment options available.


Dr Moya McMenamin, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, will give an overview of diagnostic tests and treatment options. Speaking ahead of the free seminar, Dr McMenamin said: "We understand how intimidating it can be to seek fertility advice. Our hope, is that through this informal fertility seminar, men and women will be better informed and feel more comfortable about taking the next step.


“Sometimes difficulties with conceiving can relate to something as simple as lifestyle, which can be addressed and resolved easily. Other couples may need IVF and we will explain the treatment options and processes, answering any questions couples may have.”


Dr McMenamin added: “Treatments and techniques are continually improving and evolving, and these scientific innovations, combined with excellent medical and patient care, can result in successful and happy outcomes for people.”


Male fertility factors and the latest scientific developments will also be discussed.


Established 15 years ago, Waterstone Clinic is a leader in reproductive medicine in Ireland, with an established reputation for pioneering new treatments and delivering exceptional care at its clinics in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford. It recently opened a state-of-the-art national centre of fertility excellence at Lotamore House in Cork.


Places at the seminar are free but limited, so early registration is advised. To reserve your place visit or call 1800 303 677.

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Australian ambassador visits ArcLabs


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The Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews and Australia's Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Mr David Watson, visited WIT’s Research and Innovation Centre ArcLabs last week as part of a trade mission to explore business opportunities and areas for collaboration between Australia and Ireland, particularly in the areas of financial services and agriculture-technology.


Speaking during his visit, Mr Andrews said that he was delighted to make his first visit to Waterford as Australia's Ambassador to Ireland. “This visit is part of the Embassy's mission to keep Australian businesses informed about opportunities in Ireland, including right here in Waterford."


During the tour of ArcLabs, the Australian delegation met with Mr Ben Cronin, Founder and CEO of Kyckr Ireland which has offices in Sydney Australia as well as Waterford and Dublin. Kyckr Ireland is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyckr Australia, which listed on the Sydney Stock Exchange in September 2016.


According to Mr Cronin, “One of the most important decisions for Kyckr was locating in ArcLabs in Waterford. The company is fundamentally a technology business so being located here has allowed us to grow the team with the best tech experience and to leverage existing knowledge and experiences from within ArcLabs. Support from Enterprise Ireland and the ArcLabs team have been instrumental to the Kyckr story”.


Kyckr provide award winning, commercially proven products for the authentication of businesses globally. The company has developed API’s and cloud based decision engines for Best in Class KYC due diligence and customer on-boarding. Kyckr’s products offer a significant competitive edge to customers with automated data cleansing, remediation and on-going monitoring that dramatically improve customer on-boarding timelines. The Kyckr registry network is now the largest authoritative company search network available online, uniquely connecting to over 150 business registries worldwide which are all accessible via the Kyckr API or web portal. The company has successfully built a solid customer base with a number of the top global banks using the service as their primary data source for corporate KYC checking for AML compliance. Kyckr has a number of bank customers in the AsiaPac region, including Australia. Kyckr see enormous potential for growth in the region.


Ciaran Cullen, Innovation Centre Manager at ArcLabs spoke glowing of Kyckr, saying, “ArcLabs has had a great relationship with Kyckr and its founders from its inception and through all the company’s iterations.  Kyckr’s international experience and success has been an example of what can be achieved from a base in the South East of Ireland to other new start-ups.  They have utilised knowledge within WIT and generously shared their knowledge by mentoring and sharing their experience with other start-ups that have come through the ArcLabs process.  It's great to see their relationships in Australia grow as their global expansion continues.”


ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre is the location for 32 companies in Waterford and Kilkenny and was established ten years ago to enable an entrepreneurial environment among researchers, entrepreneurs and academics in order to develop WIT spin out companies and augment spin in companies. It arranges and hosts the Arc Academy and New Frontiers programmes and has relationships with investment vehicles through Acceleration programmes.


During their time in Waterford, the Ambassador and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner met with key personnel at Dawn Meats; Kyckr, TSSG, ArcLabs and Waterford Institute of Technology.

WIT to play part in developing leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools


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The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD recently officially launched a Post Graduate Qualification in School Leadership, aimed at those aspiring to senior leadership positions in schools. The establishment of this programme forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Education (2016-2019) and it aims to develop leadership capacity in Irish Primary and Post Primary Schools.


Developed in partnership with NUIG, UCD and WIT and jointly awarded by NUIG, UCD and UL, this programme is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) through the Centre for School Leadership (CSL). The programme will be a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in six regional locations throughout the country (UL, NUIG, UCD, WIT, CIT and St. Angela’s Sligo). The programme is administered by the School of Education and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) at UL, where it was launched.


"We are delighted to partner with UL, UCD and NUIG on this important national initiative. It further contributes to our work in the field of continued professional development for teachers and our existing portfolio of programmes for educators. WIT will be one of six regional centres where the programme will be delivered and the programme will start in September 2017. For further details and to apply for the programme, go to," said Dr Helen Murphy, Head of Department of Education, WIT.


The course will provide a blended learning experience for the participants as they engage with modules. Modules will be offered in a variety of delivery modes including on-line, distance learning and face-to-face modalities.


The Programme will address the four areas of leadership capacity in the new Quality Framework for Leadership and Management published by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills in 2016:


  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Leading School Development
  • Developing Leadership Capacity


Other significant aspects of the Programme include work placement in a school other than the participant’s own and in a context outside that of education, engagement in reflective practice, in collaborative action research and opportunities to work in professional learning communities. Participants will also take a module on mentoring and coaching as leadership tools in Irish education. There will be specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools in NUI Galway.


The course will be open to approximately 200 participants annually. “I am delighted to announce our new postgraduate qualification in school leadership and our new coaching service,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.


“The quality of the learning environment is critical to how children develop their competences. With changing technology and changing expectations, school leaders are required to operate in a much more complex environment,” he continued.


“Success in education is built on the quality of leadership, the ingenuity in teaching, the support in the community for learning. We are lucky in Ireland to have such a dedicated and committed teaching profession, with school leaders of the highest calibre,” Minister Bruton added.


The course will be open to approximately 240 participants annually. The online application system for the first intake is open until 24 May, 2017.

24 Marathons in 24 Days – We need your help to raise €100,000




This June, Shane Finn will set out to run 24 marathons in 24 days. His aim? To raise €100,000 for people in Ireland who live with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.


Following on from ’12 Marathons, 12 Days’, when Shane raised €36,000 for SBHI in 2014, the unstoppable Kerry man is now back with double the distance – a total of 628.8 miles – to conquer!


How you can help 24 Marathons 24 Days:


• Volunteer to help us collect in towns along the 24 marathon routes


• Volunteer to organise an event in your town to bring people out onto the streets to see Shane off at the start, cheer Shane along the way, or to celebrate with him at the finish line


• ‘What’s your 24? – Choose to do 24 of ANYTHING, e.g. 24 miles in your tractor, shear 24 sheep in 24 minutes, fast for 24 hours etc. and get sponsored to help reach the €100,000 target


• Help us find a fuel partner – covering huge distances will cost a lot in fuel


Supporters can also get involved in the following ways:


• Simply log onto to donate to this epic challenge


• Be a member of ‘Team 24’ – Sign up to take part in a race that puts you to the test and be mentored by Shane who will get you ‘race ready’.


• Explore your contacts and recommend corporate sponsors to support the initiative.


• Tell everyone you know about Shane’s epic challenge to run 24 Marathons in 24 Days to raise €100,000 for everyone in Ireland who liveswith Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and encourage them to give their support.


If you can help in any way and want to get involved in 24 Marathons 24 Days, please contact:


Aideen Sutton, SBHI Communications Officer on: 087 601 8429 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


To donate or keep informed on progress with the 24 Marathons 24 Days challenge, log onto


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