Educational Talk: Tips on How To Handle Online Classes

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Enrolling in your very first online course is quite exciting. You probably have no idea on how things will work out. Of course, online classes are different in so many ways from the typical university classes you may have experienced. Here, the internet becomes more than just your best friend.

What is great about taking up online courses is the fact that it is offered for almost every field; there are online courses for business management, English-as-second-language, fashion design, medical courses and so many more. Also, it is much more convenient for the student. However, this also comes with more demands in terms of commitment and time management. With that, we wish to share to you a couple of tips on how to handle your online courses.

Tips for Online Classes

  • Secure a reliable internet connection.

First and foremost, assuming that your own devices are well prepared, you must make sure your internet connection is reliable. Without the internet, you cannot join the classes and even when you do have internet, if it is unreliable and it keeps disconnecting, chances are you probably will be too focused on reconnecting rather than learning.

  • Communicate with your instructors.

Even before your online classes start, you should at least get in touch with your instructors for further instructions or inquiries. While taking your classes, you should never hesitate to contact your instructors for any clarifications or questions especially if you are having trouble understanding what was being tackled.

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  • Be familiar with the teaching tools.

Online classes may use several online tools such as Skype or an E-classroom sort of set-up. You might also have to view the educational materials through PDF readers and what not. If you are not that familiar with these software applications, you better get acquainted with how to use them before classes start. Learn these ahead of time to avoid getting caught up in technical issues while classes are going on.

  • Be protected online.

A general rule when you are on the internet is to be safe and you can do this by subscribing to a VPN provider regardless of where you are coming from. VPNs will help secure your data, protect your identity, and it may also give you better connection. Whether you are from the United States or Africa or India, you need to be protected. However, you must also choose your VPN provider wisely; so, if you are from India, foreign VPN companies are recommended over Indian ones.

  • Create your schedule.

Time management is one of the most important skills you need when taking up online classes. You need to make a schedule that works for your classes, work, or other activities. Being at par with your schedule will help you become more productive. Test the waters of your online courses first then create the schedule which will work most for you.  

  • Learn the art of discipline.

While taking up online courses, no one really surveils on what you do behind the screen. Hence, it is really easy for distractions to creep in the picture. You may freely reach for your phone or open a new tab to check out social media platforms. Hence, you really need to learn how to discipline yourself on your own.


Medical Packaging for Printers – What to Know

Medical packaging is required to adhere to strict guidelines, ones that can’t be avoided. These are referring to as Unique Device Identification or UDI. Check out more about UDI here. These standards are set out by various regulating bodies to make sure that medical packaging is safe and also sterile.

These UDI numbers are alphanumeric codes that are used to identify individual products at various stages of storage, transport and usage. These require a lot number as well as an expiration date for the product and each item must be labelled with a barcode for easy reading and identification.

The printers require for such tasks are referred to as Tyvek printers or label printers. Today we’re going to introduce some of the printers required for adequate Tyvek labels and how they can help you adhere to UDI codes.

Tyvek Printing – Regardless of whether you are printing on medical items, tags or other items a quality printer like the Thermaprint 64 can be beneficial and meet your needs. These are industrial grade machines that offer a full spectrum of printing ability and come with additional upgrades for faster turnaround.

WristBand Printing and Printers 

These high quality printers allow for a full range of printing on Tyvek wristbands for events or other functions. The advantage of using Tyvek is that the material is both waterproof, light and extremely durable. There are huge advantages over using paper or another traditional wristband substitute.

When selecting a wristband printer it’s important to know the size that you are looking for and how many items you’re planning to print. If there is a smaller number then renting a printer or using a service that prints them out for you may be more beneficial. If it’s a larger amount then selecting a printer might be a better idea.

Once again, we recommend the Doranix’s Thermaprint 64 for a totally function wrist band printing solution. Please click the above link to contact Doranix and ask about the pricing for such units.

Advantages of Tyvek Over Paper

There are numerous advantages over traditional paper substitutes, let’s look at a few of these.

Increased Durability

Tyvek material is built for medical grade usage, so it’s light, flexible and most importantly very durable. This durability allows for the material to be used without issue and also increases the overall value of the material as there is no need to replace it.

Laser Printing/Barcodes

Having a barcode on your wristband or other item is a great advantage which makes it compliant with other forms of labels. Tradition paper printers struggle with barcodes while Tyvek based printing systems can offer a quick solution for anyone looking to add a barcode label onto their tags.

Future Standard

As UDI requirements become stricter more and more people will switch to Tyvek based tags and avoid anything that is paper based. Investing now in these products is a huge advantage that we recommend to anyone looking to expand their equipment.


Guide for Graphics Artist to Protect Your Hands

Who is the best fighter in the world?

This question has been asked since the beginning of combative sports. In fact it is one of the main reasons that the Ultimate Fighting Championship was launched in 1993. The concept was to place fighters of various mixed martial arts backgrounds against one another and see who comes out on top.

At that time, Royce Gracie was the man who stood at the top of the mountain – a relatively small fighter from Brazil who used submission techniques to get the better of the larger opponent. Since then, other names have stood out along the way including Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, and Georges St. Pierre.

Never once, however, has a female fighter’s name ever even been included in the same sentence as “pound for pound best fighter.” It just never occurred to anyone that a woman could achieve what a man has done inside the cage.

Historically Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos were the two names that predominately stood out in women’s mixed martial arts. One of the two has since put her MMA career on hiatus to pursue acting in Hollywood and the other was stripped of her title after testing positive for a banned substance. It goes without saying as to who did what.

Santos was considered the top female fighter on the planet yet her dominance and physique over the women she competed against seemed unfair at times. Something had to give. We would later find out that Stanozolol, a banned anabolic steroid.

This finding put a blemish on not only MMA as a whole but primarily women’s MMA. What the other women were trying so desperately to prove was that they could be just as competitive and talented as the men.

Women’s MMA is not as big a draw as when their male counterparts duel it out, and the amount of women competing on a professional level could also use improvement, so when one fighter tarnishes the industry, all female competitors feel the backlash.

However, Strikeforce did an excellent job of keeping the focus off of the negative and kept the attention shining on two other female fighters who might not have been household names this time last year.

In the absence of Cyborg, hype revolved around the chase for the women’s 135-pound championship as champion Meisha Tate would step into the cage with “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

There was a lot of pre-fight trash talk between the two competitors but that’s not the reason for attention from both the male and female audience. People became intrigued as two seemingly attractive women set out to pummel one another’s face for five-five minute rounds without proper hand protection

Rousey, the only American female to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo, transferred her accomplishments over to the MMA game and went undefeated as both an amateur and a professional.

Even more interesting than that, all of Rousey’s wins came via way of armbar submission in less than 57-seconds into the first round. Before fighting Tate, Rousey had gone 3-0 as an amateur and 4-0 as a pro and spent a mere four minutes inside the cage in all fights combined.

Still, many speculated that it was too soon for Rousey to be fighting for a championship in a major organization much the same as they did when Brock Lesnar challenged Randy Couture for his UFC heavyweight title. But like Lesnar, Rousey defied the odds and forced the naysayers to keep quiet.

Watching the fight you could easily understand how Tate and Rousey might be considered to round out the top 10 pound for pound fighters on the planet. From punches to judo throws, submission attempts, reversals and much more, the women truly displayed with mixed martial arts is all about.

Rousey emerged the victor as she put on a combined judo and jiu-jitsu clinic and did everything that she was supposed to do and more.

Gentlemen, not taking anything away from any fighter on the planet but it might finally be time to recognize women’s mixed martial arts. The main goal for most any fighter is to fight on the biggest stage of them all, the UFC. So it is no surprise that eight of the top 10 pound for pound fighters fight in the largest mixed martial arts organization.

The only fighters who made the list who are not in the UFC are Gilbert Melendez and Rousey. Why? Because the UFC does not have a female division and the UFC has failed to transfer Melendez from Strikeforce to the UFC talent pool. Otherwise, the list would be comprised entirely of fighters on the UFC roster.

Now that women’s MMA is finally on the map here’s how my list of top 10 pound for pound fighters is broken down.

How To Buy The Right Tube Amplifier For Your Guitar

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Today, amplifier brands, like Fender, have even produced smart amplifiers that go well with smartphones. Indeed, they have explored and utilized the modern technology that’s available all around us. And yet, there is still that debate on whether tube amplifiers truly win over solid-state amplifiers. Although many amateur guitarists would claim that there is not much difference, many others, including professional and popular guitar players, beg to differ. It’s hard to challenge the fact that so many famous guitarists in the music industry prefer to go with tube amplifiers over their counterparts. Surely, there must be a reason to this.

Tube Amplifiers

Simple online research has blessed me with information regarding why tube amplifiers are always placed higher on the pedestal. The reason is simply because tube amplifiers sound better. This is determined through the quality of sounds a tube amplifier produces. With tubes, they are able to avoid artificial sounds. When tubes distort, they produce much purer and therefore, more musical sounds. This is usually the main reason why tubes are preferred more; however, there are also many other minor differences that may also serve as reasons as to why tube amplifiers are deemed better.

Tips in Buying

  • Don’t rush.

Perhaps, this is a good rule for any product. Do not be impatient. Avoid rush-shopping for amplifiers as you might just miss out on other options that could have been more suitable for you. Relax and take time to listen to people around you who has had experiences in buying tube amps. If there are none, you might as well do your own research.

  • Study how they work.

Getting to know how tube amplifiers work is an important aspect as well. By studying how tube amps operate, you will be able to save yourself from unnecessary spending. This way, you’ll be able to know the right tone, wattage, etc. for you.

  • Compare and contrast.

Although you may already have your eyes on that specific tube amplifier; don’t hesitate to check out other possible options for you. It’s very important to compare and contrast the features and specifications for each amplifier.

why is tube amp better

  • Consider wattage.

When it comes to wattage, you’ll have to determine your goals in playing. Are you playing for a gig? A band? Or just at your home’s basement? Only go for high-wattage amplifiers if you’re planning to use it in an area with a large crowd; for as long as you’re playing at home, stick to lower volumes to avoid getting reported by your neighbors.

  • Decide what type.

There are many types of tube amplifiers. It’s best for you to check them out first before deciding which one suits you best. If you have specific preferences of the sound quality, you will want to check out the different types of tube amps as they also provide different types of sounds.

  • Don’t go for the most expensive.

Lastly, take note that the most expensive amplifiers might actually not work for you. Unfortunately, a higher price does not always mean a better quality. There are so many affordable amps that will already satisfy your needs. Regardless if you’re looking for an amplifier for your guitar or an amplifier for your sound system to go along with your holiday Christmas lights, they all can be dealt the same when it comes to prices. You’ll just have to endure a little research for this.

The Right Questions to Ask When Buying a Laser Lights Projector

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Today, the use of laser lights have dominated so many industries. Lasers have been used when performing surgeries, dental procedures as well as other medical procedures. It has also been used for projectors in company meetings, schools, conference halls, etc. Moreover, laser lights are also a common characteristic of clubs, discos and concerts. Recently, laser light technology has even played its part in the field of automobiles with Audi’s new model.

Aside from the aforementioned uses of laser lights, it has also taken over the traditional Christmas decorations. Series lights or the traditional Christmas lights are slowly being replaced by the more modern Christmas laser lights.

Laser Lights for Christmas

There are several reasons as to why many people have turned to laser lights instead of the old-school series lights. But let us look into the two main reasons for its popularity. For one, laser lights projectors are more cost efficient. You heard that right, laser lights truly take it easy on your wattage meter; many laser lights projector operate below 5 watts and yet, it already provides beautiful patterns and covers a wide range of area. Compared to the traditional Christmas LED light which may take 20 watts or more, laser lights projector are truly a great choice as it is budget-friendly and attractive.

Another reason why laser lights projector for special holidays are preferred is that fact that it is much easier to install or set-up. There is no need for climbing ladders, risking a fall, or mounting techniques. With laser lights, you simply mount it on the ground and point it at the area where you want the light patterns to project.

So, if you’re planning to some lights for your Christmas parties or other events, laser lights are, indeed, a better choice. But before purchasing the first laser lights you set your eyes on, there are a couple of questions to ask yourself before buying. These questions will serve as a guide for you to purchase something that is actually worth your money. For more information regarding laser lights for Christmas, check out Laser Bros’ Lighting Info.

Without further ado, here are things you should ask as you get your very own laser lights projector.

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Questions to Ask

  • Is it waterproof?

When it comes to laser lights projector, you want to maximize its usability. Don’t go for projectors that are only appropriate for indoors; choose laser lights which can survive being rained on in your garden. Having a waterproof laser lights projector would mean that the product is durable and can withstand wet seasons.

  • What are the colors and patterns it projects?

The patterns and colors you go for will largely depend on how you plan to use your laser lights. If you plan to use this projector solely for Christmas then patterns and colors that relate to the occasion may be enough for you. However, if you want to use it for other events, choosing a laser lights projector that offers more patterns and colors would be a smarter move.  

  • Is metal material better?

Compared to plastic, metal material is definitely a better choice because it lasts longer. So for those who reside in a place where weather is usually harsh, a metal-material laser lights projector is the best for you. Otherwise, plastic will work well.

  • Does it come with a remote control?

Not all laser lights come with remote controls. For those who want the most convenient way around, go for projectors that have remote controls which allow you to adjust and change settings from a distance. However, if you have no problem spending a few minutes manually tinkling with the projector, a remote control is not necessary.


Pediatric Dentistry: How to Take Care of Children’s Teeth

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Life is fun to envision; you get a stable job, get married and start a family. But life is tough and it even gets tougher when we start taking care of another life.

Aside from our general health, oral hygiene is an important part of life. How we take care of our kids and their overall health, including their oral health, will say a lot about how they will eventually take care of their own as adults.

Taking Care of Non-permanent Teeth

Even as babies, the teeth of your child should be well taken-care of. Many parents tend to wait for the onset of their child’s baby teeth before taking action for dental hygiene; however, experts have encouraged parents to start their oral care journey with the use of baby gum massager or even a damp cloth or gauze to wipe the child’s gums

When the non-permanent baby teeth starts popping out, the use of toothbrush should immediately start. Obviously, you will have to use a soft-bristled brush for your child’s teeth. In the beginning, you may brush their teeth with only water, twice a day. When they reach the age of about 2 years old, you may start using toothpaste on their teeth but only use a small dab of it since babies tend to swallow it when brushing the teeth.

Many parents are still unsure as to when their kids should have their first trip to the dentist; believe it or not, as early as 1 year old, kids should already start having dental check-ups. This is to make sure that your child won’t develop cavities or any dental problem as a baby.

Taking Care of Permanent Teeth

When your child reaches 6 or 7 years, permanent teeth teeth starts to erupt. During this time, cleaning the teeth should become a priority. Pre-schoolers are prone to developing cavities since at this age, children also tend to develop their love for sweet snacks–chocolates, candy bars, chips and many other junk food are on the top of their list of food to eat. And so, the chances of cavities and tooth decay developing are heightened.

With that said, parents should be on the lookout if they want their kids to have not much or no experience of toothaches, tooth sensitivity or teeth with black spots.

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  • Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

We already know about the all-time rule of brushing our teeth twice a day. Aside from this, fluoride is an important weapon against cavities; it helps prevent tooth decay from progressing and that is exactly why using fluoride toothpaste is essential whenever we brush our teeth.

  • Use floss to clean in between teeth.

Sometimes, brushing the teeth is not enough as there are food bits trapped in between teeth; this is where flossing comes useful. Flossing will help further remove food bits that may stay in the mouth for too long.

  • Avoid or limit sweet, sugary and starchy food.

Food and drinks with sugar and starch are what helps bacteria create acids that will ruin our tooth’s enamel. It is, therefore, important to limit our kids’ access to sweet and starchy food and drinks.

  • Limit the frequency of snacking.

Whenever our child, or any person, eats snacks or food so frequently, our saliva will not have enough time to clean our mouths. Because of this, there will be higher chances of cavities developing.

  • Visit the dentist regularly.

Most importantly, don’t forget to bring your kids to the dentist to have regular check-ups. This is one way to keep ourselves updated with the oral health of our children. You may check out for more information about pediatric dentistry.

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How to Gather Data For Graphics Presentations

At the core and center of every form of infographics is strong, tangible and accurate data. Without gather all the information you need or better yet – that your potential customers want to see you won’t be able to create interesting and well developed infographics.

Kit Graphik understands this dilemma, as designers we pride ourselves on the ability to create beautiful graphics and connect with readers – not on our ability to collect data.

However data collection doesn’t have to be that painful. Here are a couple tips from Creative Market, ” Once a news team comes up with a rough concept, collecting the data is the next step. Or it’s sometimes the first, if a news team comes across that data before they know what to do with it. A lot of it can come from public records. If you need data on the global economy, check The World Bank or for your own country’s, someone like the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you need info on a publicly traded company, check their quarterly shareholder reports. Something to do with the lay of the land? Check your country’s geoscience data. The Census Bureau can provide a lot more than you’d think: aside from the predictable demographic stuff, they also chart things like commute times and housing rentals.”

The thing is data isn’t made equal, so be aware that when you collect information you need to consider it from a myriad of courses.  There is no one reliable method of data collection, instead we need to employ multiple methods and then decide which is the best one suited for our purposes.

This is especially true with customers.  Collecting customer data to create compelling infographics or other print materials is tricky business. Are you just looking on Facebook? Or are you just relying on personal experience?

If you want to establish an accurate and reliable method of data collection you need to look a bit deeper as Scott Gerber of The Next Web explains, “Everyone has different customer types. Not all customers are created equal. Identify what key factor(s) set one apart from another and segment your users from one another. It could be geography; it could be specific products they buy or it could be a demographic detail. Once you understand that, you are better able to target messaging, develop product and drive value for both the customer and your business.

Finally there there is a technical element in data collection that can be gathered from those that specialize in data collection – companies like DAQifi that specialize in data acquisition or DAQ systems.

For more information check out this IBM view entitled 360 analytics.  We can see that understanding who are customers are requires a holistic approach.


Four Benefits of Infographics Over Regular Print Graphics

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An infographic is a combination of text and imagery used to communicate information, often in such a way that is palatable to its consumers. Infographics have become more sophisticated over the last decade, and are used in digital marketing, education, information dissemination during disasters, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Infographics offers a number of distinct advantages over regular print graphics, largely because the way the world creates and consumes content has changed drastically over the last decade. In the past, we relied heavily on printed material, and while we still do circulate newspapers and other regular print, we now look to more advanced technology as our primary sources of information.

They are more accessible.

For one thing, infographics are more rapidly disseminated into our mobile devices than regular print graphics. Infographics are digital. People own smartphones, tablets, computers, and more often than not, a combination of two to three different gadgets. Facebook currently clocks in at about a billion users worldwide. The world is more connected today than it has ever been, and given these platforms, it’s not difficult to simply share a JPEG file over social media and have it on hundreds of screens in a single swipe.

They create more awareness.

In relation to the previous point, infographics are more shareable, and are subsequently more conducive to building brand awareness. Regular print graphics takes longer to disseminate, and often lacks a platform to engage its readers/consumers in conversation. Infographics, on the other hand, exist on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media channels, where you can leverage the power of hashtags to increase visibility, and join in on what others are saying about your content.

In addition to social media, search engine optimization on blogs and websites also helps to boost infographics on page rankings, and can work in conjunction with social sharing. When strategically done, infographics have the potential to go very far in terms of visibility.

They are more visually striking.

Infographics, especially when well designed and well thought out, are visual wonders. Content is laid out (often quite creatively) and presented in such a way that is easily consumed by the average reader. Advancements in technology have given designers freedom to experiment with different styles, and even incorporating animation into their work. This proves to be a powerful means of communication, and will remain in your consumers’ mind long after they see the infographic—definitely good for building brand awareness and memory, and can absolutely result in a lot of social sharing.

They are relatively easy to make.

There is plenty of good software out there that allows even beginners to create good infographics, and then build their skill from there. Imagery is just one part of it; you also need facts to communicate your message effectively, and there are several reliable sources online from where you can extract relevant data. Compared to regular print graphics, which consumes valuable environmental resources, it is much easier to amass the necessary information digitally, put it all together creatively, and  then share this over the Internet. A lot of it can be done, paperless, over a computer—saving time, effort, and quite a number of trees.

Thank to Chris Lange over at Doranix for this great guest post. Doranix is the leading manufacturing of Tyvek based materials for printing and medical products.


DAQ Systems and the Future of Data Acquisition

Data acquisition is defined as the process of measuring phenomena and physical world conditions such as pressure, temperature, sound, and electricity. This is achieved through the use of sensors that sample analog signals in the environment and then transforms them to digital signals using analog-to-digital converters. The resultant digital numeric values are then capable of being manipulated by a computer thus allowing for the presentation, storage, and analysis of these data.

The data acquisition process is primarily done using a combination of tools and instruments that form what is commonly referred to as a Data Acquisition System (DAS or DAQ). The DAQ system samples available environmental signals and transforms them into machine-readable signals as the software processes these acquired data for presentation or storage.

Basic data acquisition in action using’s data acquisition tools.

Composition of a DAQ system

A DAQ system comprises a computer with programmable software, DAQ measurement hardware, and sensors. Compared to previous traditional measurement systems, computer-based DAQ systems exploit the connectivity capabilities, productivity display, and the processing power of industry-standard PCs providing a more cost-effective, flexible, and powerful measurement solution.

DAQ System parts

  1. Sensors 

Measuring physical phenomena, such as the intensity of light, the temperature of a room, or the force applied to an object usually starts with a sensor. Variously referred to as a transducer, a sensor is responsible for converting physical phenomenon into measurable electrical signals. Depending on the type of sensor being used, its electrical output can be resistance, current, voltage, or any other electrical attribute that varies from time to time. Some sensors may require additional circuitry and components in order to properly produce signals that can be safely and accurately deciphered by a DAQ device. Some common sensors and the phenomena that they measure include Accelerometer (Acceleration), Microphone (sound), Photo Sensor (light), Thermocouple (temperature) etc.

  1. DAQ Devices and Boards (DAQ Hardware)

DAQ hardware is the interface between signals from the outside world and a computer. It primarily acts as a device that digitizes analog signals so that a PC can interpret them. Here, the 3 key components that are used to measure signals are the computer bus, analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and the signal conditioning circuitry. However, many DAQ devices also come equipped with other functions for automating measurement processes and systems e.g. counter/timers generate and count digital pulses, digital I/O lines output and input digital signals, and digital-to-analog converters output analog signals.

  1. Computer and software

Computers with programmable software control the operations of DAQ devices and are used for visualizing, processing, and storing measurement data. Different types of PCs are used to carry out different types of applications. For instance, laptops may be used in the field for their portability, desktops may be used in labs for their processing power, or industrial computers may be used in manufacturing plants for their ruggedness.

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Specific Data Acquisition devices are often created to address specific physical properties e.g. there are dedicated systems that are tasked with only measuring pressure or temperature. However, smaller dedicated DAQ systems can be integrated into larger systems through software by simply taking data gathered by individual systems and presenting these to the user.

4 Reasons Why Ireland is the Best EU Country to Setup a Business


Ireland is considered to be the best place to set up a new business. Large companies like Microsoft, Pfizer, Intel, Google, and Facebook have already in Irish operations. Here are four reasons why Ireland has been chosen as the best country for business globally.

Low corporate tax rates


This low rate attracts many foreign companies to establish their business here. The corporate tax rate is only 12.5% which is the lowest in the world. Companies can also get 25% tax credit against research and development costs. Ireland also has double taxation agreements with 72 countries.

Jobs and skilled workforce


Ireland is one of the European Union members. This means that European citizens can easily move within the European Union to work and live. There is also a special tax relief program for employees who relocate in Ireland. Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone. They have highly skilled labor. About 48% of 25 to 34-year-olds are the third level qualified. The majority of the workforce is under 35 years of age.

IP exploitation benefits


The Irish Government offers organizations attractive tax incentives for intangible assets. This makes Ireland a good location for investing in intellectual property.

Irish economy


The Irish economy is increasing at a rate of 2.5 – 3% annually. It is now a fast growing country in Europe. The rate of inflation is below the EU average. Productivity is increasing.

These factors make Ireland the best place to do business. More than 1,000 companies have already set up their headquarters here. You can think of starting a business here too.