Nova Language Solutions
One company that has recently taken up residency at the Rubicon Centre is headed by female entrepreneur, Sinéad Healy. Sinéad began her business, Nova Language Solutions, in her spare bedroom and now works with up to twenty translators serving large software companies from all over the world.
Since she came to the Rubicon Centre, she says, “I am overwhelmed by the support that I have received in starting my own business from the management in the Rubicon Centre. The information available, the mentoring from Paul and Denise, the opening of doors -all has been fantastic.” The manager at the Rubicon Centre has an open door policy for clients. He offers advice, sound boarding and access to a vast external network to help start-up companies in every way he can.
Sinéad’s first introduction to the Rubicon Centre was the Enterprise Start Programme. She felt that the training was extremely helpful and allowed her to think seriously about starting her own business. From there, she was accepted on the Genesis Programme, which she completed in April 2009.
One of the main advantages to the Rubicon according to Sinéad is the ability to network with peers. “It takes the isolation out of starting your own business and allows you to bounce ideas off people who know what you are going through”.
Sinéad feels the facilities are second to none and provides both a curb appeal and a credibility that is needed when dealing with large multinationals. Facilities available to Nova include a fully fitted office space, reception area, meeting rooms and a board room. The reception area is manned from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. The receptionist “meets and greets” visitors and organises refreshments etc as required for visitor meetings and other functions.
One company resident in the Rubicon Centre is Wavebreak Media, a company founded by Sean Prior in 2006. The company provides stock footage through its sophisticated portal website and is the first in Europe to do so.
Prior says that if there was a poster child for a company coming up through the channels and using the support mechanisms for start-ups, it would be Wavebreak Media. Starting out at local enterprise level led Prior to the Rubicon Centre. This is because the Rubicon Centre has good working relationships with all the other key supports in the region including Enterprise Ireland and the local Enterprise Boards. He participated in the Genesis programme in 2006 and is resident in the Centre for over a year.
Prior found the facilities at the Rub icon Centre second to none. “Access to high speed broadband was essential to our business model and the Rubicon offered us everything we needed”. He points out that the office space was fully fitted and provided things that simply would be out of the company’s reach if out on their own. These include a meet and greet reception, meeting rooms and a board room “All enhances the image of the company when meeting customers”
Prior also says that the networking with business and the investment community is crucial for any business starting out and this is another real advantage of the Rubicon Centre.
Access to Peers is another big advantage for Wavebreak Media. The centre hosts a variety of company types from software developers to venture capitalists. Prior says that if you need information, everyone is accessible and willing to help in any way they can.
Barefoot Running is on the increase in Ireland and the Barefoot.ie clinics and workshops are designed to give sports people the information and tools to transition safely and run naturally, putting fun back into running while reducing injuries.
Established in 2010, Barefoot.ie is Ireland’s leading promoter of barefoot running and incorporating barefoot activities into all sports. Barefoot.ie are the official distributors of Vibram FiveFingers in Ireland. Vibram FiveFingers are the premium barefoot shoe and offer a thin flexible sole to protect the foot while allowing full barefoot functionality.
Barefoot.ie is based in the Rubicon Centre, CIT Campus, Cork and is managed by Owen Loughrey, who does all his running
barefoot. Outside of marathon running Owen loves adventure racing and any other excuse to take to the hills.