For teacher Andrew Gribben the pressure of planning lessons late at night led to the development of a mobile app and web based teaching tool that would allow other teachers to plan lessons quickly and easily and a business opportunity to exploit.
With a background in web design, Kevin McGrath was intrigued by new reading experiences that the latest tablet devices offered and was curious about the design and development process behind them. It was this curiosity that led him to create Beacon
From bog to beauty Having been involved in the family business for 16 years, supplying peat to mushroom growers, Maria Prunty knew the business needed to diversify.
Starting a business wasnt so much a light bulb moment for Rory McManus but rather the result of years of hard work, a strong determination to run his own business and a little help and support from Invest Northern Ireland.
The explosion of online information and an opportunity in the market insights sector provided Chris Johnston with an exciting new business opportunity which he has developed with the help of Invest Northern Ireland.
Taking industrial research and developing it for use within the plastic moulding industry has allowed Yannis Salomeia to develop his business Blow Moulding Technologies with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland.
Difficulties with theft and fraud in his own businesses and a desire to reduced hard-earned losses from small retail businesses, has driven a County Antrim businessman to develop an online monitoring system.
Watching managers struggle with work and staff rostas gave Patrick Devine the inspiration to start his own business. Invest Northern Ireland helped turn his light bulb moment into an export focused start up business.
Burst pipes flooding his caravan in 2008 led entrepreneur Jason Paul to create an easy, inexpensive way to drain down his own caravan which he has now turned into an export focused business with the help of Invest Northern Ireland.
After Fergus Wallace completed his own global survey on golf practice he found 83 percent of golfers who regularly practice experienced no improvement in their game this led him to a develop a new business.
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