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From home delivery to data, these 11 Irish SMEs will be shining stars in the new age, writes Sean Pollock

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The team at Peptalk; Rory O’Connor of Scurri; John Goulding and Joe Lennon of Workvivo; Alex Fox of Johnson Hana

The team at Peptalk; Rory O’Connor of Scurri; John Goulding and Joe Lennon of Workvivo; Alex Fox of Johnson Hana

Conor McCarthy and James McCarthy of Flipdish

Conor McCarthy and James McCarthy of Flipdish

Damien Gaynor of Echelon

Damien Gaynor of Echelon

Vanessa Tierney of Abodoo

Vanessa Tierney of Abodoo

Gareth Hickey of News Over Audio

Gareth Hickey of News Over Audio

Garret Flower of ParkOffice

Garret Flower of ParkOffice

Phelim Pekaar of P3 Hotels

Phelim Pekaar of P3 Hotels

Gary Keating, Seamus Gorman and Peter Kidney of Hibergene

Gary Keating, Seamus Gorman and Peter Kidney of Hibergene

John Goulding and Joe Lennon of Workvivo

John Goulding and Joe Lennon of Workvivo

Rory O’Connor of Scurri

Rory O’Connor of Scurri

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The team at Peptalk; Rory O’Connor of Scurri; John Goulding and Joe Lennon of Workvivo; Alex Fox of Johnson Hana

In 2009, the US was careering toward a global depression when President Barack Obama named Rahm Emanuel as his first chief of staff. In those dark days for the US economy and businesses, he uttered a phrase that has followed him ever since: "Never allow a good crisis go to waste. It's an opportunity to do the things you once thought were impossible."

Recently, Emanuel reiterated that phrase, calling on politicians and businesses to seize the opportunity and think about how we can come out of the Covid-19 crisis stronger.

Covid-19 has paralysed many Irish businesses and they are now in a struggle for their very survival. But for others it has been an opportunity to do new things, to refine their products and to think about how they can come out the other side of this crisis stronger.


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