31 Jul

HealthBeacon featured in Sunday Times

HealthBeacon was featured in The Sunday Times on July 30th, about the advances and growth in the health technology industry. “Shot in the arm for medtech recruits: Health technology has made huge advances and now provides an array of rewarding job prospects.” By Sorcha Corcoran

“With the increasing use of digital technology in healthcare a number of med-tech start-up companies have emerged which are growing and hiring. These include HealthBeacon in Dublin and Nova Leah and Diaceutics in Dundalk.

HealthBeacon has designed a special bin for patients who self-inject medications at home. It is digitally connected and programmed with their personal medication schedule and uses customised reminders to help them stay on track with their medication. Founded in 2013, the company is looking to take on 20 people in Dublin.

‘We plan to hire people for a wide array of roles including product development, engineering and project management,’ said HealthBeacon’s marketing director, Brie Kelly.  ‘In a little over a year, we have grown from the founders to 17 employees and we expect very high growth over the next five years.’ Kelly moved from Arizona to work for HealthBeacon nine months ago. A marketing graduate, she previously worked for Banner Health, which operates 28 hospitals and facilities across six US states. HealthBeacon’s chief executive and co-founder Jim Joyce was born and raised in Boston and the company opened an office there last March.”


04 Jul

Top 10: Why launching your global start up in Ireland makes sense

Written By Jim Joyce

13 years ago I moved from the US to Ireland and not too soon after arriving in Dublin, I left my safe job in the pharmaceutical industry to begin my career as an Irish entrepreneur.

With a few successes and a few stumbles under my belt, here are my top ten reasons why launching your global start-up in Ireland makes sense.

Top Ten Reasons to Launch your Global Start-up in Ireland

  1. Ireland is a small market that is open culturally. You can access key decision makers and influencers early in your company development.
  2. Enterprise Ireland will look to match your first €250,000 in funding if you become a qualified HPSU (High Potential Start Up).
  3. Any Irish Investor will be able to write off up to 40% of their investment in your start up against their income tax.
  4. Irish are dreamers and aspirational at their core and have a really good sense of humour. They won’t let you take yourself too seriously, which is a great stress relief.
  5. The market is small, so you will be forced to go international.
  6. The Irish have lots of American cousins and the Irish brand is familiar and welcome in the US. The connections to help export your product to the US are solid.
  7. Irish won’t tend to say “no”, they may run when they see you and shake their head as you leave, but you won’t get many direct “no’s”. New ideas need oxygen and a bit of delusion in their early days.
  8. Competition is a little lighter in a few niches so you have more time and space to get the product right.
  9. Ryanair has cheap flights to Europe and Aer Lingus has direct flights to USA.
  10. When you get traction the Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) may personally get involved in getting the word out about your company, and will certainly be in your corner.

Disclaimer: These opinions are my own and I reserve the right to change them and/or keep them. They are purposefully and provocatively positive in their nature.

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