Fund:it, an Irish crowdfunding effort supported by The Department of Arts Sports and Tourism is calling for people in the business, arts and media sectors in Ireland to submit their latest business ideas. The organisation is designed to fund these new companies without the dependence on hard-to-get bank loans but through the power of social media.
The election is over, the votes have been counted and the results are in – Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny will be Ireland’s next Taoiseach. And as is to be expected Kenny’s performance on the series of televised debates has become one of Ireland’s fastest growing memes.
RTÉ and Filmbase are offering young Irish film makers the opportunity to win €20,000 in production funding and facilities to make their next short film. The annual Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards are open to new and young Irish filmmakers with a total of up to four winners to be chosen. The competition is split into two rounds, each of which will have two winners.
Good news, Spotify, the freemium web music service says it has plans to expand “into every country”, including Ireland, in the future, although just not yet. Responding to a question from this site Spotify says that they plan to open the music services to as wide an audience as possible as soon as they can. When asked specifically about Ireland Spotify said that they don’t foresee launching the service in the country soon, despite great interest in the site by Irish music fans. Spotify said, “We know just how passionate Irish music fans are but we don’t have any immediate plans to launch there.”
Today, December 7th, 2010, Ireland's government will set out the toughest budget the country has seen in thirty years. This article will automatically update with the latest reports and reaction from Irish social media users during budget day.
Ireland needs to more to encourage and support entrepreneurs, according to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. Speaking on the Late Late Show Dorsey said that Ireland's technology and internet entrepreneurs need more support from the state, including possible legislative change, to compete internationally.
Jay Leno's wise cracks at the expense of Brian Cowen have met with uproar from the media, most of whom are disgusted at the treatment of the 'Prime Minister of Ireland,' but those sentiments don't seem to be share by Ireland's social media users.