Dublin Tech News: Strencom, Deliveroo, Startup Fever & Giant Minions

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The week in local tech (and minion) related matters, summised:

More than 2,200 tech jobs announced in Ireland during July:
Via Silicon Republic:
There were 2,271 jobs announced in the technology sector during July, almost double that of the previous month, as major plans across the country came to fruition… Dublin, again, saw the most companies announcing roles – with the likes of Vodafone (200), Blue Insurance (100), Abtran (100), Kama Games (100), Parexel (130) and Coupa (120) – the bigger of the bunch. READ MORE

July saw the highest number of startups since the end of 2007:
Via Silicon Republic:
Last year the Irish Government revealed a new plan aimed at generating 93,000 extra jobs from start-up companies over the next five years. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton TD said that two-thirds of all new jobs across the Irish economy are created by start-ups in their first five years of existence. In recent months, the Government introduced the SURE scheme, which refunds 41pc of income tax paid by the person starting a business in the six years prior to the business being started. READ MORE

Noonan signals he will change tax treatment of Irish entrepreneurs:
Via Independent.ie:
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is set to bend to pressure to improve the tax treatment of entrepreneurs in the upcoming Budget. Discussions about cutting Ireland’s 33pc rate of capital gains tax have already taken place between officials from Noonan’s department and officials from Richard Bruton’s Department of Jobs. The officials have also discussed the tax treatment of self-employed people in the tax system. A USC surcharge of 3pc applies to self-employed people earning over €100,000. Noonan signalled earlier this week that he would make changes – but the minister did not specify what the changes would be. READ MORE

Irish tech firm Strencom acquires Storage Online:
Via The Irish Times:
Irish technology firm Strencom has acquired Storage Online in a deal that will be worth up to €2 million in revenue for the connectivity and cloud-computing firm. Storage Online offers disaster-recovery services, with local authorities and the Health Service Executive among its 43 customers in the State. The acquisition will bring the company’s expertise in managed data back-up and recovery-testing services to Strencom, as well as enhanced engineering capabilities. READ MORE

Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C
Via TechCrunch:
Deliveroo, the on-demand startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll. It was just two months ago that the company announced it had expanded to Paris, Berlin and Dublin, in addition to the 18 or so towns and cities in the U.K. it currently serves. And today Deliveroo is disclosing $70 million in new funding, money it plans to use for further international expansion. The Series C round was led by U.S.-based Greenoaks Capital and London’s Index Ventures, while existing investors Accel and Hoxton Ventures also participated. It follows a $25 million Series B announced in January and brings total funding for the 2013-founded company to approximately $100 million. READ MORE

And finally… We presume you heard about the giant Minion on the loose in Dublin:

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