Dublin Tech News: Start TLV, UCD Startup Stars, #IrishGameDev & More

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The week in homegrown tech happenings, sampled:

€250,000 start-up funding earmarked for design-led businesses:

Via Silicon Republic: In line with the Government’s Irish design agenda, start-ups meeting the criteria can apply for Enterprise Ireland’s latest fund. Announced today, Thursday, the new Competitive Start Fund – Design will provide up to €50,000 in equity support to start-ups in manufacturing or internationally traded services that are design-led or utilise design as a strategic competitive advantage. A total of €250,000 start-up funding has been set aside in line with Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long programme intent on encouraging small and medium Irish companies to use design as a critical competitive advantage. READ MORE

Applications for the Enterprise Ireland fund will open on 15 July 2015 for two weeks only.

Life-size screens to connect people in Dublin and New York:

Via The Irish Times: Have a loved one living in New York? How would it feel to be able to stand in front of them on a life-size screen, and talk to them as if they were just centimetres away? Plans are being finalised for two structures in Dublin and New York which will bring people from both cities face to face, despite the 5,000km distance between them. Designed by award-winning Irish architect Cathal Curtin, the two structures will be located in the middle of Front Square in Trinity College in Dublin, and under one of the arches of the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn. READ MORE

LogoGrab wins Start TLV-Ireland 2015’s most Innovative Startup award:

Via Irish Tech News: After an entertaining pitch competition at the NDRC the winner for the Start Tel Aviv (TLV): Ireland competition was announced. After being selected from over 20 entrants, the overall winner was LogoGrab, a Dublin based firm using augmented reality for major brands advertising campaigns to improve their customer experience and bringing their digital marketing into real life in 3 minutes. READ MORE

GradHow Wins Inaugural UCD Start-Up Stars Programme:

Via UCDinnovation: GradHow, an early-stage University College Dublin (UCD) student venture has won the inaugural UCD Startup Stars programme. GradHow is developing an online platform to help college students reduce the uncertainty they encounter when they graduate by helping them to understand the employment opportunities that are relevant to them and by challenging the way employers recruit. By improving connections between employers and universities GradHow aims to improve the graduate employment process. READ MORE

Indigenous games sector still questing for that lucrative breakthrough:
Via Independent.ie: A growing number of plucky Irish start-ups are engaged in mortal combat to secure a share of the booming $80bn global digital games market. But the games industry, just like the music industry, is a hits-driven business – and Ireland has yet to produce a home-grown hit that could worry the bean counters behind blockbuster games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty – the gold standard for games franchises worldwide. READ MORE

And finally… Watch #IrishGameDev, a documentary about the Irish gaming industry:

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