Author: Elizabeth Douet

Pioneer Interview With Accomable

Srin Madipalli is co-founder of Accomable, a service to help people with mobility difficulties find accessible hotels, vacation rentals and apartments around the world. Based in the U.K., Srin and the Accomable team successfully raised £300,000 in seed funding recently, a record amount for an accessibility platform. He spoke with Ireland-based curator Elizabeth Douet to share Accomable’s story and future plans. What…  Read more

Pioneer Interview With Helpling

Benedikt Franke is co-founder of Helpling, a global home cleaning platform headquartered in Berlin, Germany, that has had amazing growth and funding success since it was founded in early 2014. He shares Helpling’s journey with Ireland-based curator Elizabeth Douet. The easiest way to explain Helpling is …                              Helpling is Europe’s leading marketplace for home…  Read more

Guidecentral Acquired By WikiHow

Guidecentral an Irish-based DIY platform, was acquired by WikiHow for an undisclosed sum recently. Guidecentral will remain a separate brand with a distinct community, content, apps and website. Statista.com estimates the global DIY market value to be worth $31.9 billion in 2013 with an anticipated market value of $43.7 billion in 2018. To date, Guidecentral raised…  Read more

CurrencyFair raises €8m in funding round

CurrencyFair, an Irish-based p2p currency exchange startup, raised €8m in a recent funding round. This brings funding to a total of €20m since the platform’s founding in 2010. CurrencyFair expanded to new headquarters in Dublin at the end of 2015, in a move to accommodate 50 new hires. Current funds will go towards the company’s marketing drive in the highly competitive p2p…  Read more

Pioneer Interview With Orla McCallion and Sean Judge of UniTuition

Orla McCallion and Sean Judge are the Co-founders and Managing Partners of UniTuition, an Irish-based leading online platform for connecting third level students with pre-screened specialist tutors. The easiest way to explain UniTuition is… UniTuition partners with 3rd level institutions to provide a centralised online marketplace for connecting students with screened peer tutors. Our tutors are…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview with Giustina Mizzoni from CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global movement of free p2p coding clubs for young people. Giustina Mizzoni, CoderDojo’s Development Lead, tells us how CoderDojo is about building learning communities while encouraging creativity and having fun. The easiest way to explain CoderDojo is … Giving kids and young people all over the world better access to the magic…  Read more

Collaborative Pioneer Interview With Gaston Irigoyen from Guidecentral

Guidecentral is a global community platform that brings together makers and DIY enthusiasts. Its multicultural founder & CEO, Gaston Irigoyen, tells us how Guidecentral is helping people monestise their crafting passions and how the content is becoming multilingual with the help of crowdsourced translations from local community makers. Describe yourself and what fueled you to…  Read more

French Food Marketplace ‘La Ruche Qui Dit’ in $9 million Series B Funding Round

French startup La Ruche qui dit oui (also known as The Food Assembly in the U.K.) – which enables consumers to buy directly from their local farmers and foodmakers – is undergoing a $9 million Series B funding round led by Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures and Frédéric Court from Felix Capital with XAnge…  Read more

Pioneer Interview with Tim Kunde of Friendsurance

Friendsurance is an online p2p insurance platform forging the way for people to get cash back from their insurance premiums. In this interview, co-founder and managing Director Tim Kunde explains how the collaborative platform enables cheaper and easier insurance options. The easiest way to explain Friendsurance is … Friendsurance is the pioneer of peer-to-peer insurance….  Read more

PIONEER INTERVIEW WITH GERARD KIELY OF MENTORPITCH

MentorPitch is a global mentoring platform for companies, universities and interest groups that manages and measures mentoring programs online.  In this interview, founder Gerard Kiely explains how he started the platform in Dublin, Ireland. The easiest way to explain MentorPitch is … MentorPitch is the home of mentoring and offers structured online mentoring for businesses, universities and…  Read more