Bom appetite for Dublin-based Brazilian food entrepreneur and Deliveroo cyclist Guilherme Zogbi, who has received €10,000 funding from the food delivery service he works for to expand his business.

ogbi, who moved to Ireland seven years ago, started a business called StarCheese with his mother Miriam. They produce a Brazilian snack called pao de queijo – a soft roll made from cassava and cheese.

He secured funding from Deliveroo to expand the business after being crowned runner-up in ‘The Big Pitch’, a The dragon’s laircompany-run style competition, which sees its riders pitch a company to industry experts to achieve their entrepreneurial dream.

Zogbi, one of 1,300 applicants, became a runner-up after Deliveroo first opened ‘The Big Pitch’ to riders in Ireland.

He started a project to open a cafe in Dublin to allow the public, including local Brazilian residents, to buy his pao de queijo.

Breffney Brass, Country Manager Ireland for Deliveroo, said: “We all look forward to the day when the public can order their pao de queijo from his cafe, via the Deliveroo app.


The credit union is held in high esteem

The credit union is held in high esteem

20% see credit unions as a credible banking alternative

Digital banks and credit unions are chomping at the bit to get in on a banking action as Ulster Bank and KBC exit the market.

A new – perhaps hardly shocking – survey has shown that the popularity of traditional banks in Ireland is on a downward trajectory. Conducted by People Insurance, it revealed that only 43% of adults would recommend one of the major banks to a friend or colleague. Credit unions were seen as a credible alternative by more than one in five people, while 16% would recommend a fintech.

Of course, it can be “they would say that, wouldn’t they?” given that People supply their products through the credit union network. But when the dust finally settles on the big banking shift, it will be interesting to see how many customers choose to leave traditional banking for good.


Dublin-born entrepreneur Rosaleen Blair.  Photo: PA

Dublin-born entrepreneur Rosaleen Blair. Photo: PA

Dublin-born entrepreneur Rosaleen Blair. Photo: PA

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Code First Girls, a UK-based company that supports women in coding education and employment, has just completed a fundraising round with backers including Irishwoman Rosaleen Blair.

The Dublin-born entrepreneur is the founder and chairman of Alexander Mann Solutions and a regular on the rich list.

Code First Girls has raised £4.5m (€5.1m) in a Series A funding led by Active Partners.

In addition to Blair, the female angel investors included Michelle Kennedy, former director of Bumble and Rona Ruthen, co-founder and COO of Stealth.