The Weekly Roundup November 29 - December 3

Exciting newsy tidbits from our members

This Week on the Roundup: success stories, accelerator winners, sustainable decor, Porto real estate, investment tips, Portuguese supremacy, scaling and survival, Christmas markets, the power of video, and more!

IPBN Member Vitae Professionals likes a success story: their candidates' success really shows us that they are on the right track!

The IPBN is sending member RedLight a huge congratulations as they are officially starting the countdown for their 10th anniversary. Raising our glasses on the 23rd of December!

IPBN Partner at our recent Bule Economy conference, Ocean Azul Foundation posted last week that the Blue Bio Value Acceleration has just ended, with this year’s winners being Blue Oasis Technology Lda.FeedVax and Tekslo Seafood AS. The Oceano Azul Foundation is sending a thank you to all the startups who actively engaged with their acceleration team, and to their partners Bluebio Alliance, Blue Bio Value and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

IPBN member KRA Renewables announced that their Chief Executive Officer, Krystyna Rawicz and her colleagues in the SCSI - Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland recently drew up 10 tips to help people make their homes more energy-efficient and sustainable. Krystyna Rawicz shared these tips with The Irish Times.

IPBN partner NEST Innovation Center for Tourism was to be at our next event in the Algarve, which had to be postponed to 2022. They posted that it is no secret to anyone that the tourism sector is entering a phase of great opportunities— whether you work in a startup, linked or not to Tourism, with a solution that can respond to the challenges of "corporate" or not! Register to find out more until December 6!

IPBN member Deirdre Mc Gettrick from ufurnish.com says yhat Sustainability is a topic very close to her heart. With heightened discussions in recent weeks aligning with COP26, it gives Dierdre great pleasure to interview Claire Gaudion who creates rugs, fabrics and furnishings that are inspired by nature, and designed for a feel-good home, for her monthly business column with The i Paper.

IPBN member Daniel Coelho said that the downtown and historic centre of Porto are recovering investment. According to data from Confidencial Imobiliário, the Urban Rehabilitation Areas of Baixa and the Historic Centre of Porto recorded 286 transactions of acquisition of real estate in the first six months of this year, an activity that resulted in an investment of 86 million euros.

On that note, the IPBN was very disappointed to have had to postpone our Porto conference this week due to the new restrictions imposed by the Government here in Portugal since Wednesday, Dec 1. A new date will be announced once the situation becomes clearer.

IPBN member Dr. Catherine Hallahan posted that the winner of the Best Country in the World 2021 by Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards is Portugal, with Ireland in the 14th position. Força, Portugal, and kudos to Ireland!

IPBN member Chitra Stern from Martinhal Resorts posted her most recent interview with Forbes about visiting Portugal, investing, and living in Portugal. Work, Live, Love!

IPBN member Diogo Cruz from Invest Lisbon posted a Site Selection Magazine article about Portugal: The New Place to Be.

IPBN member Saltwater Consulting shared Allan's great conversation with David Duggan from Below the Line Ireland about scaling well, and why he does what he does. You can relive the Master Class Allan ran with the IPBN earlier in October here on the IPBN YouTube Channel.

IPBN member Carolyn McKeown from Shebang Events and PR Management advised you to enjoy the lead-up to Christmas with everything under one roof! Experience the International Tinsel Town Christmas Village taking place on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th December 2021 from 5pm – 10pm and Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December 2021 from 10am – 8pm at the N’ICE Park, Quinta do Romao, Quarteira. You will be sure to meet some IPBN members there.

IPBN partner Ruben Eiras, who was one of our keynote speakers at the recent IPBN Blue Economy conference posted a landmark for Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar: presenting the Portugal Blue Digital Hub, the Digital Innovation Hub for Blue Economy, at a high-level event organized by the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition of Portugal, in the presence of Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of Economy and Digital Transition and André de Aragão Azevedo, Secretary of State for Digital Transition.

IPBN member Overcast HQ said that “88% of businesses that use video report a positive return-on-investment.” (Renderforest). Learn how to make compelling videos in their 3-part blog series on video production. First up: Pre-Production.

Also, did you know "80% of people prefer videos over written text?" From Overcast HQ. Neal Schaffer looks at the top 34 Video Marketing statistics for 2022

IPBN member Blevins Franks Partner Dan Henderson explains how to retire to Portugal with financial peace of mind. He outlines the key considerations anyone looking to Portugal needs to take into account, and what planning they need to do.

IPBN member Brian Shanahan from Informita let us know that the December Newsletter is out. He asks, "Why isn’t supply chain finance making a bigger impact?"

IPBN member Shirley Gleeson shared a fantastic opportunity for any nature-based enterprise. She asks, "Do you work with and for nature and biodiversity, and could you use some help with starting or growing your business?"

IPBN member Lawler Consulting is very pleased to see the progress on this long-awaited school upgrade at Blackwater Community College in Lismore, Co.Waterford. This project has been carried out in phases facilitating the needs of the school as they continue their extensive MEP work.

IPBN member Vendici Properties is delighted to celebrate success with their clients with the sale of this property! Is this the feeling you're looking for? Contact Vendici to become a successful client too.

IPBN member Sharon Dehmel who ran a Master Class with us recently said that knowing where you want to end up is only part of the equation. Just as important is understanding your starting strengths as a new leader.

IPBN member Goran Engberg asks how a World Transformed by Crises will impact you. Do you know what it means to thrive in the future while many people are not feeling safe or secure? Goran was very kind to share his thoughts and experience with our members at a Master Class with the IPBN last September. You can find all the details along with the video of his Master Class here.