relaunches start-up software with new process

3 Oct 2011

(Left to right) Rebekah Brooks, CEO,; Senator Martin McAleese; President Mary McAleese; and Loughlin Nestor, co-Founder,

One year after first launching its service, has relaunched with a new, nine-step process assisting would-be entrepreneurs in getting businesses up and running.

The cloud-based software guides anyone thinking of starting a business through business and financial planning, idea validation, company formation and how to price your product/service.

Users begin at Step 1 and by completing the tasks in all nine steps get their business up and running in a much shorter space of time, according to CEO Rebekah Brooks.

Registration and step one is free of charge, with users given the option of progressing to steps 2-9 at a one-off cost of €49.99 for a full year’s access.

To complement the software, has developed a two-day interactive bootcamp called the Jumpstart Programme.

Courses in five locations

Brooks says the course helps participants to become motivated, entrepreneurial and confident about their future business while also accelerating the time it takes for them to get their business trading. There are five courses planned before the end of the year taking place in Wicklow, Dublin South, Kildare, Meath and Wexford. also puts users in touch with a list of partners who provide professional services to start-ups, such as accountants, graphic designers and virtual office providers.

The service at present is used by 15 of the County Enterprise Boards around the country. was also recently appointed an Intertrade Ireland ambassador by President Mary McAleese.

In the last year, has helped more than 1,000 budding entrepreneurs get to grips with starting a business in Ireland. The service has been internationalised and will be launched in the UK and Northern Ireland in October and South Africa thereafter.