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SumUp snaps up loyalty payments start-up FiveStars to aid US expansion

UK-based payments company SumUp has acquired US payments and loyalty marketing platform FiveStars in a deal worth $317m. The acquisition is part of SumUp’s plan to expand into the US and take on its competitors such as Square and PayPal. While the company has been active in the US for several years, it does not …

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Roscommon start-up Positive Carbon secures backing from German VC

Irish start-up Positive Carbon has secured investment and support from German venture capital firm APX. The Roscommon-based company, which was founded in 2020 by Aisling and Mark Kirwan, did not disclose the amount of funding it had received. APX is a Berlin-based VC outfit that supports start-ups in the pre-seed stage. The firm is backed …

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Northern Ireland Startup Cloudsmith raise $15 million – Irish Tech News

The Belfast-headquartered startup Cloudsmith, who are leaders in software supply chain management, have announced that they have raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Tiger Global. The landmark raise is the largest ever Series A funding round in Northern Ireland and is the largest technology funding round in Northern Ireland since 2005, …

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STARTUP OLÉ LAUNCHES ITS SEVENTH EDITION WITH GREAT NEWS AND OPPORTUNITIES – Irish Tech News

Startup OLÉ, the great technological event for entrepreneurs after the summer, returns more international than ever. The modality selected for this seventh edition has been mixed, being the 6th and 7th of September in digital format and from the 8th to the 10th in-person in Salamanca. To facilitate access to all the content, Startup OLÉ’21 …

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Kildare start-up EquiTrace on course for expansion with Merck deal

Kildare-based equine start-up EquiTrace has secured a partnership with multinational Merck Animal Health. The partnership will enable EquiTrace to develop its smartphone app, which tracks a horse’s health, identity and whereabouts. It will also allow the company to expand into the US market. EquiTrace’s platform is designed to work even in environments with limited internet …

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Irish Start-Up Journey Protector develops tech to address border security and people trafficking – Irish Tech News

Irish technology start-up Journey Protector has announced that it is launching its first go-to-market product in October at the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (BAPCO), Coventry in the United Kingdom (UK). The start-up is also announcing its plans to open three new offices over the next two years to drive its global expansion and …

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AI start-up Field of Vision wins LaunchBox 2021

Field of Vision, a tech start-up aiming to help visually impaired people enjoy live sports, has been crowned the winner of LaunchBox 2021. The annual accelerator is managed by Trinity College Dublin’s entrepreneurship space Tangent and sponsored by Bank of Ireland. Student start-ups receive funding, mentorship, contacts with alumni and investors, and “a collaborative environment …

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All Turtles’ Phil Libin on his new startup Mmhmm and how distributed work is the future – UNLEASH

“We made a list of what we wanted, and we came to the conclusion that we liked being productive – and we didn’t think the productivity tools had changed in 30 years,” notes Libin. It particularly urgent as in the late 2000s smartphones were starting to emerge, and none of the existing tech, like Microsoft …

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Join the fight for digital democracy in this global startup hackathon – Irish Tech News

The Digital Democracy Challenge seeks innovative, low-cost, and viable digital solutions to uphold a digital civic and democratic public space under challenging and complex conditions. The program is on the lookout for solutions that would allow citizens, activists, civil society actors, disenfranchised political actors and other stakeholders to stay in contact with each other and …

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Irish start-up Output Sports takes aim at global soccer market

Irish sports-tech company Output Sports is planning to raise more than €3m in the next six months to help expand its client base in the soccer market in the UK, Europe and the US. The University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out was founded in 2018 and is now based at NovaUCD. It raised €1.3m in seed …

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