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We're delighted to report that two of the founders of the Irish Graduates Network - Aimee Louise Carton and Charlie Butler - were featured in today's Sunday Independent's 30 under 30: The best and brightest of Ireland's rising business stars.   

Aimée-Louise Carton turned her own experience of mental illness into the driver behind her business. Alongside her friend, Will Ben Sims, the pair created KeepAppy, an app that offers a practical and data-driven approach to users’ mental health, helping them access 10 psychologist-approved features. The beta version of the app has been downloaded in 62 countries, with the standard subscription model for its users set at €9.99 a month, €59.99 a year and €199.99 for life. It is set to go live in January. Carton, who is the ninth generation of the family which formed chicken processor Manor Farm, said she is enjoying being an entrepreneur in Ireland. “It’s fascinating to be in the startup ecosystem in particular,” she said. “The energy and enthusiasm bursting from everyone here has been incredible.”

Bounce Insights is a consumer insights platform created by a group of Trinity College students that is aimed at making it easier for companies to get accurate and accessible consumer feedback.

Co-founder Charlie Butler takes care of everything from operations to sales and said he and fellow co-founder, Brian O’Mahony, were desperate to set up their own company.

After some intensive work, Bounce was born. “I think it was Reid Hoffman who said that attempting to build a startup is like running off a cliff with the tools to build a plane, hoping that you pull it all together before crashing to your imminent death. He’s not too far off, particularly when you pull together a team of five college students with no budget, a disruptive idea and an industry that hasn’t really changed for decades,” says Butler.

Ultimately, he said the idea is to disrupt the market research industry: “We believe it is on the cusp of serious innovation and change, the likes of which are [only] being seen in the US at the moment.”

These excerpts were taken from this article: https://www.independent.ie/business/30-under-30-the-best-and-brightest-of-irelands-rising-business-stars-38720217.html

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Irish Graduates Network Launch Event

The Irish Graduates Network launches on Wednesday, 27th November 2019 with a Private Reception at Davy Stockbrokers, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. 

Bringing together leading business graduates and final year students from Trinity College, UCD and DCU the inaugural event features a guest presentation from Gordon D'Arcy, one of Ireland's most capped rugby internationals..

Full details of the event, together with a link to register as an attendee, may be found here: https://irishgraduatesnetwork.com/events/launch-event-keynote-speaker-gordon-d-arcy

IGN would like to sincerely thank Davy for hosting us for this event.

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The Board of the Irish Graduates Network is comprised of highly talented final year business students and recent graduates of Dublin City University, UCD and Trinity College Dublin.  

The Board is co-chaired by Aimee Louise Carton and Alex Bowers.  We'd like to introduce you to the full Board here.

Aimee Louise Carton graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an MSc in Entrepreneurship.  She is the founder of the award-winning wellness app KeepAppy. 

Alex Bowers is a final year Business Studies student at DCU.  He completed a year-long internship with Enterprise Ireland (2018/19) in their High Potential Start-up division as part of his degree.

Sophie Whelton (Treasurer) graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Business Studies and now works for Salesforce as a Business Development Associate.

Alex Lohier (Content Manager) graduated from UCD with a B Comm and is currently on the PwC graduate programme as a Financial Services Consultant.

Paddy Dillon (Corporates) graduated from UCD with a B Comm and is a Venture Capitalist at Elkstone.

Cleo Jensen (Universities Relationships) has recently graduated from UCD Commerce and is the newest member of Microsoft’s Internal Audit team.

Emily Stephenson (Events) completed a degree in Business, Economics and Social Studies at Trinity College and currently works as a Commercial Intern in Kraft Heinz.

Alison Myles (Events) graduated from DCU with a degree in Marketing, Innovation & Technology and is presently on the Bank of Ireland Graduate Programme.  

Avice Maughan (Events) is currently doing a Masters in Entrepreneurship at Trinity College, having previous attained her undergraduate degree in French and Communications at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA.

Olga Rhatigan (Events) is currently in her final year of Global Business in Trinity College and recently completed an internship in CBRE Group, a commercial real estate firm.

Vlad Evseev (Black Tie Event) graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce International and works as an Analyst for Elkstone.

Rob Muldowney (Black Tie Event) is a final year Global Business student at Trinity College, having studied Japanese business, culture, and language in Senshu University in Tokyo for a semester.

Paddy Ryder (Black Tie Event) is a final year Global Business student at Trinity College and has recently gained work experience at a Dublin based corporate finance firm.

Sarah Mitchell (Instagram) is in her final year of Global Business in Trinity College, having recently returned from a semester abroad at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Kevin Boland (LinkedIn) is a final year Business and Economics student in Trinity College and is the former Director of the European Youth Parliament in Ireland.

Julia Caulfield (Website) is a final year Global Business student in Trinity College and has experience doing Data Analytics in PwC.  

Charlie Butler (Membership) is a final year Global Business student at Trinity College Dublin and he is the Co-Founder of Bounce Insights, a consumer insights platform that is aiming to revolutionize market research.

Andriy Babiy (Membership) is a final year Business student at Trinity College and is currently developing an education-based startup called Study.ie.

Photos and more detailed profiles here

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