Michael Onalimi | Vlog 1 | #NissanGenNext 2017
November 13, 2017
Michael is the founder of Flavour Safari Sauces; Ireland’s first African inspired sauce range. A proud Food Academy Producer with SuperValu, he is currently looking to expand across the UK and Ireland. Watch his below vlog to learn more about his Flavour journey so far.
2017 has been a year to remember for Food entrepreneur Michael Onalimi who has been busy bringing his range of sauces to happy customers across Ireland.
November 13, 2017
Wow! Where do I start. 2017 has been amazing.
For those of you just tuning in, Flavour Safari® is “Ireland’s First African Inspired Sauce Range”™. It is a combination of some of the freshest local Irish ingredients and the finest of African Spices that take your palate to places you can only imagine! It is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
So far it’s been one hell of year for Flavour Safari including winning Best Food Provider 2017 at the Micro Business Awards, meeting HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of York and getting their feedback on the quality of our Flavour Safari Sauces, winning a presentation stand space at Taste of Dublin and being listed on the ‘Top 10 Things to Try’ in The Irish Times.
We topped it all off when we became a Nissan Generat Next Ambassador and there’s so many more exciting things in the pipeline. It’s gonna be EPIC!!!
It’s been crazy busy here lately. We had a wicked time at The Scarecrow Festival in Durrow. Make sure you check it out next year! We are just back from a sold out performance at Taste of Cavan and we had an awesome time. We even won an award – not bad for our first time there.
Right now, I’m flat out between production for some of the big events we have lined up and getting re-stocked in all our SuperValu stores across the Midlands. We are constantly expanding our stockists as we go. That’s pretty much the SME life right there. There are not enough hours in a day!
I am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the #NissanGenNext Crew at The National Ploughing Championships later this month. Then it’s off to BBC Good Food Show in Belfast in November. So get ready for another Flavour Safari Guys!
I am absolutely loving my New Nissan X Trail. It’s certainly making the travelling across the country a whole lot easier. No Excuses now guys. I’ve got the Flavour Safari and the wheels so from Laois to Cork, to Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Ireland as a whole – get ready to get your flavour on!
So there you have it guys. Just a quick insight into how things are going here. It goes a little something like this: “Eat. Sleep. SAUCE. Repeat! With new products in the pipeline, expansion on the agenda and export on the mind it’s going be a busy year all round and I’m absolutely buzzing to be able to share the excitement with you guys as a Nissan Generation Next Ambassador -so make sure you stay tuned.
And remember: ” The family that eats together…stays together!” .
Tony Browne | Vlog 1 | #NissanGenNext 2017
November 13, 2017
Tony Browne, hails from Dublin and is a serious contender to represent Ireland in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games. Watch the his below vlog as he talks us through recent fights, his new car, training, and diet.
Light heavy weight boxer Tony Browne has fought his way back from injury to prepare for some big fights where he is hoping to continue his progression as one of Ireland’s most talented young boxers.
November 13, 2017
My season is well underway now and it’s been a bit of a mixed bag of good and bad fortune since the first international against Poland. I lost that one on a split decision. It happens. Sometimes you come out on the wrong end but it was harsh and I was disappointed not to win.
Next up after that was the defence of my light heavyweight Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan. I retained the belt after a tough fight but it came at a price. I was cut in the semi-final, suffering
a bad laceration above the eye which need stitching. I boxed on to win the final but that decision set me back, forcing me to miss a few fights as I needed time to allow the injury to heal.
I returned to ring two weeks later with a bout in London against England only to suffer a different cut. I still won the fight but it meant taking another few weeks off to recover. I was still able to train but there was no sparring or any contact. It was all pad and bag works, which is not ideal preparation for upcoming fights.
Right now I am preparing for the Tammer Tournament in Finland which is a very prestigious tournament with 20 competing nations. I’ve just completed a three week training camp with the Irish team at the Institute of Sport in Abbotstown which went really well. I feel great. Good as new. I can feel the sharpness coming back and I am looking forward to the tournament and getting a few fights under my belt.
It’s a few months off yet but I am already focused on the National Elites which take place in the National Stadium in February. I was narrowly beaten by Joe Ward in a bruising final last time round but I have another year’s experience behind me now and I am a much improved boxer. I am pretty confident going into the championship.
I am really looking forward to Finland next week. I’ve been a little unlucky with head and elbow clashes this season. Hopefully that’s the end of it now. I’m back in shape and ready to go again and confident that I can get back to winning ways.
Dave McGeady | Vlog 1 | #NissanGenNext 2017
November 6, 2017
Food entrepreneur, Dave McGeady talks about who Wyldsson are, why he started it and where the company is today. Take a look at his first vlog below!
The finish line is in sight for food entrepreneur Dave McGeady after more than 10 month’s work to bring a new protein powder to the market.
November 6, 2017
It’s been 6,500 kilometres since I picked up my new Nissan and life has been a lot busier than the numbers on the clock suggest. We have been working on two new projects that are coming to fruition so we have plenty to be happy about.
We’ve just got listed on Amazon in the U.K., which was a really big project for us. We are also almost ready to launch a new protein powder after ten months of work. We have really had our heads down with that project as far as finalising our work on it.
We are targeting a really big market and there is a lot of demand for a more natural protein product without artificial sweeteners and flavours. We did something really different and have taken a more natural approach, using pea protein and pumpkin seed protein to make a great tasting product.
It hasn’t been easy and it has been a challenge to get it right, but there is no point in making something the same as everything else out there. We wanted to make something different and we travelled far and wide to a bunch of trade shows in France, Germany and Hong Kong sourcing ingredients. The new product will be on the market before Christmas and will cost €29.99.
We also took delivery of some new production machinery at our base in Tallaght which has really helped us to catch up and to make product quicker. All that is going to make a big difference to what we do.
I also had the pleasure of spending some time in Dublin with Dan Germain who is one of the founders of Innocent smoothies. He designed all of their packaging so it was interesting to pick his brain about what works and how to go about launching into the U.K.
Dan’s advice was to pick three key retailers and to get your product stocked there to establish your credibility and to use PR to let people know about it. It was interesting advice which has led to some changes at Wyldsson. We set up to sell exclusively online and didn’t have any intention to do retail. Talking to Dan has changed my thinking. We want to reach more customers and we have decided to make the big change and to embrace retail in the U.K..
First up was the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston which I attended with the other entrepreneurs, leaders and game-changers who made the list for 2017. With more than 7,000 in attendance, six content tracks at iconic locations like Faneuil Hall and MIT, an Under 30 Village larger than a football field, a music festival, a food festival and a bar crawl through the legendary Fenway Park, the 2017 Under 30 summit served as the greatest gathering of game-changers and entrepreneurs ever.
I was also nominated for the Irish Early Career Research Awards and I’m due to attend the ceremony in early November. The awards celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of young professionals in Ireland. Ultimately, they reward innovation, best practice and outstanding achievement across a broad range of sectors.
I was also named as one of the winners of UCD’s Research Impact Case Study Competition along with Dr. Shane Keaveney from the UCD School of Mechanical and Material Engineering for our work with the Rapid Foundation.
Recently, I mentored at the Start-up Weekend EDU. The event, which is run over the course of a weekend, gives teams the opportunity to experience the adrenaline of the exhilarating start-up world. They got to learn how to create and develop their company and product and how to hone their skills, working directly with mentors, investors and keynote speakers before facing a panel of influential thought-leaders.
I was also interviewed as a guest at the Bank of Ireland’s Founder Friday event in Greystones. The ‘fireside chat’ format enabled hosts Danielle O’Connell and Lauren Higgs from local digital design and strategy company ‘Good as Gold’ to talk to interesting, influential and successful business people, sharing their opinions and insights.
The Muse concert in Belfast, a surf weekend in Donegal and a trip to visit family in Wexford gave me a chance to enjoy some downtime in my new Nissan. I also travelled to Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships where I hosted a 3D printing presentation and demo at the Nissan stand, promoting the work of the Rapid Foundation.
I am currently busy planning for the Virtual Systems & Multimedia 2017 international conference that I’m helping to run at UCD. The event will bring the world’s leading researchers in the field to Dublin at the start of November.
On a fun note, I recently finished building and testing a medieval catapult which is 8 feet high and 6 feet long. It can fire up to 20kg 200 feet. It has been built as a STEM engagement tool, to help kids become interested in engineering and science and I’m planning to use it for videos and demonstrations for STEM.
Kormac O’Halloran | Vlog 1 | #NissanGenNext 2017
November 6, 2017
DJ, musician and producer, Kormac O’Halloran, talks about his summer and his new single ‘I Believe’. Take a look below and view the new single that has been remixed by many DJ’s worldwide!
DJ, musician and producer, Kormac O’Halloran, has had a busy summer and is currently holed up in Wexford where he is working on a new album due out in March 2018.
November 6, 2017
It’s been all go since I picked up my Nissan Qashqai in August. I’ve done a lot of travelling, a lot of writing and a bunch of festivals, which has been great.
The single ‘I Believe’ that I put out in May got a really great reaction so we decided to get some remixes commissioned. As well as that, we took all the individual parts, put them on the Internet and invited people to submit their own versions.
We said to people to do whatever they wanted to do themselves, completely freestyle. A guy called Serge who goes under the moniker of ‘Phase Control’ produced a great down-tempo, hip-hop version to win. It’s a great track and it’s out now on Spotify and iTunes, so go check it out.
I spent a month in Bulgaria studying composition, film scoring and orchestration for an exciting new project I am working on. The idea was to try and unlearn everything I knew, or had taught myself, about writing music and start from scratch with a bunch of new techniques and inspirations. It was properly intense but well worth the effort.
I did a string of festivals when I got back and have hardly stopped since. I am heading down to Wexford now to take myself out of the picture for two weeks and to concentrate fully on writing some new music.
I started work on my new album about six months ago. I had a lot of ideas in my mind and I’ve written about 50 demos since then. I’ve half an album to write now and I am looking to come out of this session with eight or nine solid tracks that can go out to vocalists. Things are definitely taking shape and I am working towards premiering the album in March. That’s the first time anyone will hear the new material so the clock is ticking!