2021 was a very successful year for many of our member companies. A lot of new hires were welcomed last year and the GTC team are proud to see our member companies continue to grow into 2022. You can check out the current vacant positions available at the moment by clicking on the following link – gtc.ie/jobs-board/.
Member News 2021:
WestBIC hosted a webinar called ‘Securing Our Future: Female Founders in Rural Areas’ in conjunction with both EU projects Inside-T and W-Power. Below you can hear from successful founders Raquel Noboa (Fifty Shades Greener) and Catherine O’ Grady Powers (Glen Keen Farm) about their entrepreneurial journey so far and the challenges they have experienced.
WestBIC Client, Content LIama secured €2.5 million in investment to Fuel Growth. “WestBIC’s support really propelled the speed of our journey and for sure helped us get to where we are now.” – Karina Kelly. Read the full story here.
In 2021 Kompan built their first circular playground in Denmark. This playground is partially made of ocean waste and recycled plastic from hospitals in the region of Mid-Jutland in Denmark.
Following extensive research Kompan have made it possible to lower carbon emissions by choosing products that are either born green or made green.
Learn more about Kompan’s green journey on: https://www.kompan.ie/sustainability
During 2021 Black Pug Studios begun the production of a Playstation 5 game. More information will be released on this in 2022.
New Member Spotlight:
Rachel Hynes, Media Director, BuyMedia
Having worked in large Media Agencies and with some of the best known brands, including Guinness, Tesco, Aer Lingus, Smithwicks, and Johnson and Johnson, to name just a few. Rachel decided that it was time for a change and joined the BuyMedia team in November 2021.
She brings with her nearly two decades of experience and wealth of knowledge on all things media. Rachel loves nothing more than planning media campaigns and working with clients to get the most out of them, big or small. She was once seen partying with Katie Price, AKA Jordan in a London nightclub after scooping a Diageo Marketing Brilliance Award for her work on Arthurs Day. Rachel holds a BA in European Studies from University of Limerick, a Postgraduate Diploma in Advertising and she has just completed a certificate in Data Analytics and Statistics.
Triggerfish’s third animation feature, Seal Team is now available to stream on Netflix – https://www.netflix.com/title/81354554
Seal Team, released on the 31st December 2021, is the story of Quinn, a seal who spends his days relaxing in the sun, splashing in the beautiful waters off the coast of Cape Town, and swimming for his life from Great White Sharks. When he decides it’s time for the food chain to bite back, Quinn recruits a ragtag team of likeminded seals brave, stupid and crazy enough to try and teach those sharks a lesson.
The all-star cast is far from wet behind the ears. Jessie T. Usher (A-Train in The Boys) stars as Quinn, opposite the likes of Oscar Winner J.K Simmons (Invincible), Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Emmy nominee Kristen Schaal (Mabel in Gravity Falls) and four-time Annie Awards nominee Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson in Family Guy), as well as South African stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) and John Kani (Rafiki in The Lion King).
Grammy Award-Winner Seal plays a singing seal called Seal Seal and action legend Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) portrays a dolphin called Dolph – two castings which tell you everything you need to know about both the film’s humour and how swimmingly everything fell into place for the production.
Seal Team is the feature film debut of South African writer-director Greig Cameron, working from a story by Wayne Thornley (Adventures in Zambezia) and Brian and Jason Cleveland. Greig describes Seal Team as “a love letter to the silly, over-the-top 80s and 90s action movies that I really wanted to watch when I was a kid but had to sneak into.”
Join the conversation: #sealteamnetflix
The WifOR Institute is an international economic research institute that measures and values the social, economic impact that business activities and innovations have on society.
WifOR is helping set global standards in impact measurement and is a scientific partner to the Value Balancing Alliance (VBA) in that context. Their research assists organisations in stakeholder communications and can be used in ESG reporting, to quantify contributions to the SDGs, and to identify hotspots and quantify risks along global supply chains.
On a global level in 2021, WifOR prepared a strategy paper for the G20 Presidency and B20 Health Taskforce (in cooperation with Harvard University) on quantifying the health economy and assessing the economic and societal effects of health investments for health and financial system resilience.
Stay tuned for more member company updates throughout the year. We very much look forward to 2022 and what we hope will be another successful year for GTC and all of our member companies.