New Frontiers features on thetimes.co.uk (paywall), “state-backed mentorship scheme helps budding start-up owners plot a course to success in business”.
Irish start-up Snapfix, founded by Paul McCarthy, has received €1.75m in a funding round, backed by US investment group Sator Grove Holdings, to develop its building management platform. Paul was interviewed for siliconrepublic.com.
CitySwift has secured a one-year pilot deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to deploy its software across a handful of bus routes from February. Read more on irishtimes.com.
Alan Power decided to use his skills in engineering and mobile app development to create SizeWise, an AI-based sizing solution that allows parents to scan their child’s foot using a smartphone. Read more on irishtimes.com.
Donegal-based data technology company Content Llama has secured €2.5m in fundraising to further expand its presence globally and broaden its reach to potential customers. The company was featured on rte.ie.
Congratulations to Contego Sports, which was among 65 companies to receive funding of over €360 million via the first European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator, for which more than 2,700 applications were made.
Find out why Kerry is a great location for startups and what the Tom Crean Business Centre offers to New Frontiers participants!
A contract between Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and University College Dublin (UCD) will see NovaUCD delivering New Frontiers in partnership with IADT Media Cube.
Dublin-based marketing solutions company, GladCloud, which counts Diageo among its clients, helps brands provide targeted local advertising. Founders Keith Curley and Tony Burke plan to hire 90 new staff over the next two years. Read more on businesspost.ie.
New Frontiers alumnus, Dr. Barry Flannery, is the founder of Xerotech – a company that electrifies construction equipment, mining equipment, agricultural machinery, and other non-road mobile machinery. They are expanding their team to 70, with plans to build a European gigafactory in rural Galway. Read more on siliconrepublic.com.
ViClarity has announced that regulatory compliance consulting firm, PolicyWorks LLC, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, will rebrand under the ViClarity name. The rebrand will enable the organisations to drive growth globally through the combination of leading-edge technology and consulting expertise. Read more on irishbusinessfocus.ie.
Sonia Neary started the new year with a major new contract which sees her company Wellola partnering with Nutricia, the Danone-owned therapeutic food and clinical nutrition company, to provide care services remotely to nursing homes in Ireland. Read more on businesspost.ie.
Gina Oglesby was inspired to start Back To Work Connect by the number of well-qualified and experienced women she met who had either left or been forced out of the workforce. She was recently interviewed for irishtimes.com.
Founded by two first-year engineering students, Alice Shaughnessy and Jack O’Regan Kenny, Mirr is a device that lets users stream Netflix, listen to Spotify or check the weather while maintaining a reflective surface on screen space that’s not in use. Read their interview on siliconrepublic.com.
Cian O’Flaherty, CEO of the Convex Lens and founder of Safecility, has raised €110k in funding from the European Space Agency and EU Horizon 2020 to develop Safecility – a product designed to cut the cost of maintaining emergency lighting in buildings while upholding the high standards of compliance that are required. Congratulations!
Snapfix, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Paul McCarthy, has closed a €1.5 million funding round. Snapfix bills itself as “the world’s task management and teamwork platform” with clients in construction, airports, hotels, facilities and property management sectors. The company plans to raise a Series-A investment in 2021 as it seeks to become a billion-dollar business.
New Frontiers alumnus, Shane O Sullivan, is featured with his co-founder Oran Mulvey on thinkbusiness.ie. Their startup is solving the problem of responsible and reliable shopper data collection in retail.
Project One Sky start-up uses teaching methods including quizzes and gamification to engage its young market. Founder Dr Colm Fallon is featured on irishtimes.com.
Video Sherpa, founded by New Frontiers alumna Anna Downes, has announced a deal with University Hospital Galway (UHG) to provide remote services to patients using its online video platform. This good news follows a €500,000 funding round closed at the start of the month by the Galway start-up.
[Video] Wellola closed a successful equity crowdfunding round of around €180,000 in 2019. CEO Sonia Neary was interviewed about why she decided to go with equity crowdfunding when raising funds for her business, what the process was like, and how the company has grown since the campaign ended.
Jer Ryan’s software makes it easy for clubs to manage records, subs and GDPR compliance. Find out about his startup, Subsninja, on irishtimes.com.
The New Frontiers Annual Showcase for TU Dublin Hothouse and IADT Media Cube saw the 30 programme participants going head to head for the Lead Entrepreneur Award. Paul McCarthy of Snapfix impressed the judges most with his simple solution and potential for scaling. Congratulations! Read his interview with siliconrepublic.com.
TeachKloud, founded by Wendy Oke, is looking to raise up to €4 million more after closing a €750,000 funding round. The startup has developed a platform for early childcare providers and has found investment from the likes of Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland. Read more in articles from siliconrepublic.com and irishtimes.com.
Sonia Neary, New Frontiers alumna and co-founder of Wellola, has developed a practice management and patient portal designed to bring medical facility communications into the 21st century. She was interviewed by irishexaminer.com.
New Frontiers alumna, Charlotte Matabaro, was featured with her business partner Marc Power talking about their startup Mohecan Male Grooming as it launches its Amazon store in time for Christmas. Read about them on irishexaminer.com.
Congratulations to Rory Casey, founder of Advanced Photonics Systems, who beat off top-class competition to take the first prize of €50,000 in the ‘New Start Company’ category of the Intertrade Ireland Seedcorn Competition. The company has invented a non-invasive parasite treatment photonics technology and the first target is sea lice on farmed salmon, which costs €1bn in this €15bn market.
Congratulations to New Frontiers alumni, Siobhán Berry (Mummy Cooks) and Dan Nugent (co-founder of Ambr Eyewear), who are among the nine finalists of The Pitch 2019. They will be competing at September’s live event to win a top prize worth up to €100,000! Best of luck!
Contego Sports, a previous winner of the GMIT New Frontiers Best Emerging Business Award, has raised a further €2 million in investment from Elkstone Capital and a European angel investors group. Using medical device development protocols, CEO Mark Ganley and his team created an innovative scrum cap called N-Pro to minimize concussion in impact sports. Congratulations to the team.
TenderScout, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Tony Corrigan, has rebranded as Orbidal ahead of US expansion plans. The company has 10 staff in Dublin and raised €1 million last year from investors, with further fundraising likely during 2020. Good luck to the new look Orbidal team!
Well done to the 12 founders who pitched in our One to Watch Competition (sponsored by AIB) at last week’s New Frontiers Annual Networking event. Congratulations to the overall winner, Magda Rzepkowska of WallPee, who is bringing a waste-free and tank-free urinal to the construction sector. Environmentally sound and with significant efficiency implications, this product is a great example of the innovative solutions that New Frontiers companies come up with time and again!
Congratulations to New Frontiers participant Ivan Tuohy (Congray) who won Best Innovation Award and Overall Winner at the Clare National Enterprise Awards. He will represent Clare at the national awards in May. Congratulations also to New Frontiers alumna, Hannah Wrixon (Get the Shifts), who won Best Startup.
Dublin company Cortechs, founded by New Frontiers alumna Dr Áine Behan, is seeking €500,000 to fund the international launch of innovative technology designed to provide an alternative treatment for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Read more on irishexaminer.com.
New Frontiers alumnus, Allen Wixted, has founded No Place Like. It uses augmented reality technology to let customers view products in 3D in their own homes. Allen was recently featured on irishexaminer.com.
Patience pays off for Immersive VR Education’s husband and wife team, David and Sandra Whelan. Six months after their IPO, Immersive VR Education has achieved a market value of nearly €30 million. They were recently interviewed for independent.ie.
Seafood enthusiast and founder of This Is Seaweed, Paul O’Connor, was interviewed for independent.ie about his startup, an organic food company that sells various types of seaweed, including dulse, carrageen and kelp.
Congratulations to Healy Hines, founder of Beagel, on being accepted into the Microsoft Business Mentoring Programme 2018/19. The company will be working with senior level international experts in operations, software engineering, HR and strategic finance who will support the company with strategic development and growth.
Tweet-Eye is a digital marketing tool that helps connect sellers to potential buyers on social media. Co-founder, Barbara Heneghan, was interviewed about her startup by siliconrepublic.com.
Paul O’Connor, founder of This Is Seaweed, has already managed to get his products into Selfridge’s flagship store on London’s Oxford Street. He is featured in Fora’s Startup Spotlight.
Founded by Vicki O’Donnell, Wilder Wander has developed an app that takes scientific research data and turns it into interactive, outdoor games that encourage users to be more aware of their environment and the importance of biodiversity. Read more on irishexaminer.com.
New Frontiers alumna, Ailbhe Keane, and her sister Isabel (Izzy) are going from strength to strength with Izzy Wheels. The company sells colourful, stylish spoke guards for wheelchairs – transforming a medical device into a fashion statement and means of self-expression. The sisters were featured on independent.ie.
DroneSAR is a software platform designed to enable commercially available, off-the-shelf drones to be used as part of search and rescue missions. Co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Matthew Kelly, the company was recently featured on independent.ie.
Gecko Governance, founded by Shane Brett, is looking to raise $20 million (€17.7m) via an initial coin offering (ICO), with funds raised to be used to develop a new global compliance solution. Read more on irishtimes.com.
CloudRanger, founded in 2013 by New Frontiers alumnus Dave Gildea, has been acquired by Silicon Valley-based company, Druva Software. CloudRanger is the first Donegal company to be acquired by a Silicon Valley startup. Read more on irishtimes.com.
Wellnice Foods, co-founded by New Frontiers alumna BJ Broderick, has been shortlisted in the Product and Manufacturing Startup category of the National Startup Awards. Congratulations to the team and fingers crossed for the awards!
Ed Burke, New Frontiers alumnus and founder of RooMigo, was featured on irishtimes.com. He has developed an app to make the process of finding roommates more successful by using criteria such as lifestyle choices, price and location.
Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon, New Frontiers alumna, on winning 1st place in the New Business category and an All Star Accreditation for Innovation in Hospitality Recruitment at the All Ireland Business Summit last week.
Tralee start-up Wazp is responsible for the production of Ikea’s first mass-produced 3D printed product, a stylish piece of home decor in the shape of a hand, and looks to become the world’s largest supplier of 3D printed consumer products. Find out more in this feature on irishexaminer.com.
James Corbett is a New Frontiers alumnus and founder of Simvirtua. His startup, a VR/AR development studio, is opening up opportunities in education, training, health and safety. Read the feature on limerickleader.ie.
Irish startup, Off the Cuffe, has developed a new range of Irish whiskey-based bitters. The co-founders, Jarrod Cuffe and Barry Gargan, are featured on irishtimes.com.
Evan Talty is a New Frontiers alumnus and part of the dynamic family team behind Wild Irish Seaweed. The company is set to double its production and increase its workforce following a €200,000 investment, part of which came from Alison Cowzer after an appearance on Dragons’ Den.
Congratulations to New Frontiers alumna, BJ Broderick, and her business partner, Trin O’Brien, who have secured a place on the intensive 12-week Adopt A Startup mentoring programme. See the article on limerickpost.ie.
Marc Ganly is a New Frontiers alumnus and co-founder of Contego Sports. The head guard startup has recently raised €1.5 million in funding and was featured in the Sunday Business Post.
Fergal Hynes is a New Frontiers alumnus and founder of Expert Software Test. His startup has developed an innovative application programme interface (API) testing product, which is featured on irishexaminer.com.
New Frontiers participant and founder of StoryStock, Francis Fitzgibbon, is featured on irishtimes.com. His startup is seeking to build one of the world’s largest communities of journalists and storytellers as well as creating a massive digital archive, featuring ordinary people with stories to tell.
New Frontiers participant, Katerina Duke, has developed a scalable platform that will make the science of animal nutrition easy and accessible to all farmers. Her startup, Áine NutriScience, is featured on irishtimes.com.
Innovative Dublin-based fintech company, Cambrist, is proceeding with plans to disrupt the way foreign exchange is managed in the card payments industry. Read an interview with the startup’s co-founder and New Frontiers alumnus, Jacob Claflin, on irishexaminer.com.
Steffan Jolley has used his insider knowledge of the hospitality sector to set up OrderPoint: a hardware and SaaS system that can help reduce costs in the hospitality sector while improving turnover and staff performance. His startup is featured on irishtimes.com.
The National Ploughing Championships Innovation Arena Awards, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Farmers Journal, is now open for applications. There are a range of categories to enter, including agri engineering and agricultural technology, with the top prize offering €15,000 in supports.
New Frontiers participant, Steffan Jolley, has used his insider knowledge to set up OrderPoint – a hardware and SaaS system that can help reduce costs in the hospitality sector while improving turnover and staff performance. He is featured on irishtimes.com.
New Frontiers alumnus and Bayview Beverages founder, Conor Coughlan, talked to the Irish Times about his new product Black Twist, a craft spirit drink that blends single origin Kenyan Arabica coffee and Irish whiskey.
Congratulations to Amanda Kierans, founder of Rain + Conker and New Frontiers participant, who won the €12,000 top prize at the recent business competition held by Dundalk Institute of Technology and Dublin City University.
Irish Tech News features an interview with New Frontiers participant, Norah Patten. An Aeronautical Engineer, Norah will be launching Planet Zebunar later this year, which aims to bring the impact and excitement of space and exploration to younger generations.
A call for the €50k Competitive Start Fund (All Sectors with focus on ICT) is currently open. The deadline is 8th February 2017, applications must be made through the Enterprise Ireland online application system www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfallsectors.
Itchy Little Monkeys founder, Nicola McDonnell, is featured on irishtimes.com. Her product, the Shruggi, helps break the itch-scratch cycle for young children suffering from eczema. The startup also sells a range of storybooks featuring the adventures of the Itchy Little Monkeys.
Alma Jordan, New Frontiers alumna and founder of the educational platform AgriKids, is interviewed in the Irish Times today. Read the article on irishtimes.com.
Shane Brett, New Frontiers alumnus and founder of Gecko Governance, was announced as the winner of the New Start category of InterTrade Ireland’s Seedcorn Competition last night at the Waterfront, Belfast. Congratulations to him and his team!
New Frontiers startup, Spotrack – the innovative system that turns moving lights into followspots – is currently a key element of the lighting design for the Donmar Warehouse’s Shakespeare Trilogy in London. Spotrack will also be on show at LDI in Las Vegas from October 21st to 23rd.
Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, Shane Brett founder of Gecko. Shane’s company is a regional finalist in this year’s InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition and also won the Best Business award (under 3 years) in the Louth Business Awards.
We were thrilled to scoop two awards at last week’s Blog Awards – Gold in the Innovation category and Silver in the B2B category. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the blog over the past couple of years! Also, congratulations to New Frontiers participants, My Mood & Me, who won Silver in the Health & Well-being category!
New Frontiers alumnus, Jamie Lawlor, recently braved the Dragons on the UK version of Dragons’ Den and came away with a £40,000 investment for his startup, Kidsflush. The product helps children to flush the loo, and Jamie’s appearance in the Den caused quite a stir on social media, as reported in the Daily Mail.
Oliver Hynes is a New Frontiers alumnus and the founder of Hub Controls. They are about to go to market with an innovative gadget which will help householders get better control over the amount they spend on heating. They are featured on irishexaminer.com.
Adapptise, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Tony McCarthy, has secured funding of €50,000 from the EU’s research fund, Horizon 2020, for the in-game advertising platform they are developing to insert product placement and intelligent advertising into mobile games.
Artomatix was founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Eric Risser. The company has just secured a grant in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME funding from the EU, which will finance development of its innovative 3D content generation solution for digital artists.
Íon, a startup founded by Dr. Aoife Kelly, has recently launched its products in Lloyds Pharmacies. They now supply the the only ready-to-drink health beverage to be sold in the pharmacy.
We are delighted to welcome Peadar Casey to the New Frontiers team. Peadar is the new Programme Manager at the ERIC – Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre (Carlow Institute of Technology). He has extensive experience working in business and management consultancy, and is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with the entrepreneurs at Carlow.
We are delighted to welcome Liam Fitzgerald to the New Frontiers team. Liam is the new Programme Manager at the Rubicon Centre (Cork Institute of Technology). With an impressive history working with Accelerate Business Consulting and as an Enterprise Consultant for SECAD, amongst other roles, Liam brings a wealth of experience to the programme.
DiaNia Technologies – founded by New Frontiers alumna, Sinead Kenny – is set to create 20 new jobs after raising €2 million in seed funding to develop specialised materials for catheter-based medical devices. Read the news on irishtimes.com.
GECKO Governance, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Shane Brett, has won a place at the final of the Irish Start-up Pitch Night on July 11th, organised jointly by Irish International Business Network (IIBN) and Bloomberg.
Kenn Davis (Beatvyne), Hannah Wrixon (Last Minute Minders) and Rob Laffan (Tippy Talk) have all been shortlisted for the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition. The competition is aimed at early and new start companies and has a total cash prize fund of €280,000. Congratulations to them and best of luck!
StudyBundles has designed a mobile app called CampusConnect for use by universities and colleges – helping them to connect with applicants and support incoming students in the pre-arrival phase. They are the featured ‘startup of the week’ on siliconrepublic.com.
Congratulations to the amazing New Frontiers participants who took home awards from last night’s BOI Startup Awards: Alma Jordan (AgriKids), Louise Murphy (CycLok), Norma O’Mahony (Effy), Kevin McCaffrey (Tr3dent), Oliver Hynes (HUB Controls), and Noreen Doyle (Irish Biltong). A very strong showing for female entrepreneurship, which the New Frontiers programme is delighted to support!
EquiRatings, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Diarmuid Byrne, has announced the opening of its new offices in Carlow. Unum officially launched the Unum Launchpad in Shamrock Plaza Carlow and EquiRatings will be the first company to take up residence.
Declan Sweeney is cofounder of Study Bundles and a New Frontiers participant. Study Bundles, an app for enrolling and retaining foreign students, has just won Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start funding (CSF). Read about the big news in this story on independent.ie.
David Miller, New Frontiers participant and founder of Complyfile, was interviewed by Newstalk’s George Hook for The Right Hook. Complyfile is a cloud-based governance, risk and compliance software platform for voluntary organisations. Listen to the podcast here.
Submit your new AgriTech product to the Innovation Arena 2016 at this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The deadline for submissions has been extended until 3rd May 2016. The prize fund is worth over €65,000 in supports… find out more on the Innovation Arena website.
Recent New Frontiers participant, Matthew Kelly, is the founder of Drone App Lab. The company is currently developing an app for Donegal Mountain Rescue, with backing from DJI and EENA. The app will be used by first responders employing drones in rescue operations. Pilot tests will begin in May, find out more on theverge.com.
Neuroscientist Áine Behan is the founder of Cortechs. The company develops digital tools that could help lead to better brain functioning in areas such as attention, concentration and calmness. Read about it in this recent irishtimes.com article.
New Frontiers participant, Elaine Lavery, is the co-founder of Improper Food, makers of Improper Butter. The company was recently featured among Ireland’s top dairy brands by Irish retail website, ShelfLife.
Congratulations to the New Frontiers “Class of 2015” at the LINC (Blanchardstown), who graduated today. Our best wishes to Colm Woods, Adam Czarnik, Paul Canavan, Bertrand Dory, Hugh O’Brien, Gavin Duffy, Thomasina Maguire, Orla Mc Callion, Catherine Daly, and John O’Reilly as they continue on their startup journeys!
New Frontiers participant, Rob Galvin, has created an ecommerce business based around a subscription service for stylish clothing staples for men. Read about his journey and the inspiration behind ‘Stor’ on independent.ie.
Ballybunion-based entrepreneur and New Frontiers alumnus, Barry Liston, aims to break into the UK and US markets with his eco-friendly skateboard designs. Read the recent feature about him in the Irish Examiner.
Congratulations to New Frontiers participant Graham Byrne, of Your Smile Direct, on winning the PwC Docklands Innovation Awards. Graham’s business was judged the ‘best investment proposal 2016’ following a 20 minute presentation and grilling by a panel of judges. He also wins a prize of €10,000. This year’s competition finalists were all recent New Frontiers graduates from DIT/IADT – the other finalists were Richard Spence, Founder & CEO of BEUTiFi.com and Shane Lynn, CEO of KillBiller.
CIT-based business incubation hub The Rubicon Centre has secured a contract with Enterprise Ireland to continue delivering the New Frontiers programme for the next five years. 2015 was a record year, with 105 new high-potential start-ups, 47% of which were outside of Dublin.
Catherine Daly, occupational therapist and founder of Anchorlily, was interviewed for thejournal.ie. Her startup is developing a range of products that combine family images with materials Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have built a familiarity with.
New Frontiers participant Lucinda Kelly’s company, Popertee, is an Irish company described as ‘Airbnb for retail properties’. They are featured in the Irish Times as they move to corner the market in pop-up shops, in both Ireland and the UK.
We held our biennial workshop on 1st March, this time focusing on the South East Region (Carlow). Our topic for the day was funding and investment. We were joined by Kieran Comerford from the Carlow LEO, talking about life after New Frontiers; John Phelan, National Manager of HBAN who gave a fantastic talk on Angel and Dragon investors; and Alan Costello from Ruby Consulting, who was our facilitator on the day. An insightful and productive day, greatly appreciated by the participants.
A fantastic milestone for Richard Spence, New Frontiers alumnus and founder of BEUTiFi. The salon reservation platform has acquired competitor SalonAddict and will be creating 14 new jobs. Read the article on Silicon Republic.
The annual Docklands Innovation Awards takes place on the 7th March. Three companies, founded by New Frontiers alumni, will battle it out at the to secure the title of ‘best investment proposal 2016’ and a prize of €10,000. The three shortlisted individuals are: Richard Spence – BeuTiFi, Shane Lynn – KillBiller and Graham Byrne – Your Smile Direct.
The Irish Times features an article about the new form-tracking system called the EquiRatings Quality Index, created by EquiRatings Limited – cofounded by New Frontiers participant Diarmuid Byrne.
Congratulations to New Frontiers participant Lucinda Kelly (Popertee) and alumnus Ryan Scott (Dropchef) on becoming finalists in the 2016 AIB Startup Academy! The winner and two runners-ups of the eight week business launchpad will share a prize package of €250,000, with the overall winner receiving a direct €20,000 cash investment.
WeSavvy is an innovative Dublin-based Insurance FinTech startup, founded by Dubliner Hesus Inoma. The company has been selected to join Iowa-based Mentor-Driven General Insurance Accelerator and is featured on Irish Tech News.
Mark Bannon and Will Ferguson are founders of VT Networks, the company that has deployed Ireland’s first nationwide dedicated internet of things (IoT) network using Sigfox technology. They have raised €1.2m and say they are on target to connect 1m devices by the end of 2017. Read the Silicon Republic article about them.
Tip Tap Tap were shortlisted for three categories in the Bank of Ireland Start-Up Awards 2015, and the Irish Independent named them one of five best startups at last year’s Web Summit.
New Frontiers alumnus, Declan Bourke, recently launched his wedding planning app to help couples plan their dream wedding from anywhere in the world, at any time, both on and offline. Declan was recently shortlisted in the Donegal heat of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Congratulations to New Frontiers participant, Paul Canavan of Invizbox, who was recently short-listed for the Jumpstart 2015 finals! The company is an Enterprise Ireland HPSU (High Potential Startup) and world leader in highly configurable, easy to use privacy devices.
Writing for Tiny, founded by New Frontiers participant Gail Condon, is featured in the Irish Examiner today, as staff deal with online orders for more than 2,000 personalised editions of its seasonal book, ChrisMystery! A great success story, in more ways than one!
Stowaway, founded by Sinead Geraghty, launched its Kickstarter campaign today! The Stowaway is a simple solution to storing your bike within your home – it’s the must-have product for people who need to keep their bikes safe but have limited space. Take a look at their innovative idea!
Mimergy, founded by New Frontiers participant Niall Mimnagh, is making great strides in the transformation of unwanted waste tyres into valuable oil and chemicals. They were recently featured in the Irish Examiner’s Business section.
Every year, we publish a directory of current New Frontiers participants. It’s a useful guide to who’s who and who’s doing what in New Frontiers. Participants received a print copy at the recent annual networking event, but you can also download a copy here: New Frontiers Participant Directory 2015
KillBiller, founded by New Frontiers participant Shane Lynn, has won the regional final of InterTrade Ireland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition. The final results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 25th November. Best of luck to them!
Movidius, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Séan Mitchell, features in Silicon Republic’s ‘20 inspiring Irish success stories to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs‘.
If you’ve wondered what goes on at the annual New Frontiers networking shindig, PJ Mealiff – of Enterprise Ireland’s Research & Innovation Department – describes what it’s all about over on LinkedIn. He did a great job organising everything, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Congratulations to Mike Morrissey and BabyDoc App for winning the “Best Family/Kids App” category at the Boots Maternity Infant Awards 2015!
Congratulations to the New Frontiers participants shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards: Hannah Wrixon (Last Minute Minders), Tara van Zyl (FeelsRight), Mike Morrissey (MyDealDoc), Sharon Kavanagh (Luminosity), Ryan Scott (DropChef), David Craig (Dublin Design Studios), and Conor Nolan (WattSpot). Good luck!
Dublin Design Studios, founded by New Frontiers participant David Craig, has been shortlisted for the IDI (Institue Designers Ireland) Awards. Their first product, the innovative tablet stylus, Scriba, is in the running to win the Making Things (Consumer Products) category. Congratulations!
Two New Frontiers participants won awards at last Friday’s Roscommon heat of the IBYE Awards. They were Enda Mahon (Mahon Solutions), who won the Best Business Idea Award and a €10,000 prize, and Mark Bannon (VT Networks), who won the Best Start Up Award and a €20,000 prize. Congratulations to both of them
New Frontiers participant Conor Nolan co-founder of Watt Spot will be speaking at the Web Summit’s Careers Night as part of a panel discussion about the future of jobs and industries. Catch him on on the main stage at 7pm, November 4th. Conor was recently featured in the independent.ie’s “Thirty under 30” list.
Aine Behan is a New Frontiers alumna and founder of Cortechs. They have just launched a new game for 6-12 year olds that both responds to, and works to improve, your powers of concentration and relaxation! Cortechs use a brainwave-sensing headset from Neurosky that connects by bluetooth to the game and they train attention and relaxation levels in real-time through their games.
Dr Ailis Brosnan, New Frontiers participant and founder of Your Healthy Living Coach, will be starting her first online weight loss programme on 19th October. It’s a holistic, supported approach for people who are fed up with fad diets and want to change their lifestyle for the better.
Shane Hassett is a New Frontiers participant and founder of Wazp. The company just won Best Start Up at yesterday’s Young Kerry Entrepreneur 2015 awards. Wazp is building software that enables product concept owners to easily locate flexible factories and 3D Printers near or at the point of need and get products manufactured on-demand. Congratulations, guys!
Acres Machinery, founded by New Frontiers participant David Doran, won the Enterprise Ireland Innovation award for Best New Agri-Engineering Business at this year’s National Ploughing Championships. Acres has developed two new products: the “X3” bale handler – which provides a more efficient way to handle bales, and the “Vis-bar” – which offers better visibility and a safer work environment around tractor-mounted equipment and loads, both on and off the road.
MyDealDoc.ie, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Mike Morrissey, is a finalist in the Boots maternity & infant Awards! You can vote for their product, BabyDoc, in the Best Family/Kids App category.
Movidius, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Séan Mitchell, is opening a new office in Shanghai to support the increasing demand for Machine Vision capabilities in connected devices such as smart phones, drones and new IoT products. The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland trade visit to China by Irish Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland.
Smart Innovation Products, co-founded by New Frontiers alumna Adrienne McArdle, has just launched a new product that improves the efficiency of boiler heating systems by up to 48%. Heat Hero is the only eco solution for solid fuel central heating, and can be retro fitted to any stove or boiler.
Conor Nolan, New Frontiers participant and founder of WattSpot, was on Today FM’s The Sunday Business Show. WattSpot aims to be the leading supplier of premium charging hubs in Ireland and the UK.
Ciaran Davies, founder of SportsCarver and a New Frontiers alumnus, is profiled on irishtimes.com. He pivoted his startup after discovering that his technology could be adapted to fit and fix emerging problems with in-game advertising.
We’re thrilled that the New Frontiers blog has been shortlisted in the Blog Awards (Best Innovation Blog category). The public vote is now open, and counts for 30% of the overall judging. Voting is a simple, one-click process and you don’t have to include any personal information. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the blog, and thanks for your support!
Hannah Wrixon is a New Frontiers participant and founder of Last Minute Minders. Their app has been shortlisted in the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards (Best Family/Kids App category).
CloudRanger, founded by New Frontiers participant David Gildea, has been helping to build courses for the Amazon Web Services Training and E-learning team. The first course was recently published and received very positive reviews. Another 10 courses will be coming online before Christmas.
A joint proposal – backed by Dublin City Council – from MIRC clients Townapps (Enterprise Programme) and Idaso (New Frontiers), with AIT’s Software Research Institute has been successful in the EU-wide frontierCities call. Mobility Mojo is a mobility app that delivers accessibility information for venues, transport options and services throughout Dublin.
Video: New Frontiers alumnus, Neal McDermott, and his team in action with the Whatzere Queue Smart App at the Galway Arts Festival – allowing festival goers to pre-order refreshments without the hassle of waiting in long queues.
New Frontiers participant, Siobhan Berry, is a finalist in the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards. Her Mummy Cooks Babypotz are a BPA-free storage solution for storing homemade baby food. You can vote for Babypotz in the Best Feeding product category on the awards website.
New Frontiers participant, James McElroy, has been featured as the Boole start-up of the week on siliconrepublic.com. His startup, HouseMyDog, connects dog owners with vetted and trusted sitters across Ireland and the UK.
Advanced Dental Aesthetics (ADA Dental Lab) is opening a state-of-the-art digital laboratory in the centre of Sligo town to provide products to dentists across Ireland; supporting them in all aspects of prosthetics, crown, bridge and implant work. It was founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Torsten Schaff. Open days are being held on 28th and 29th August if you’d like to take a look around!
Balls Media – the company co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Brian Reynolds that’s behind popular sports website, Balls.ie, has scored fresh investment from Key Capital, Conor Killeen’s investment company that is also the majority owner of the Sunday Business Post newspaper.
The design company founded by New Frontiers participant, David Craig, has been awarded a place on the Europass programme – part of the Welcome project, a Startup Europe initiative funded by the EU Commission. Dublin Design Studio is currently launching Scriba, an innovative iPad stylus.
David Whelan’s startup, Immersive VR Education, recently had the chance to demonstrate its Apollo 11 virtual reality experience to General Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut, allowing him to walk on the moon once more!
Everyone’s talking about the Scriba this week! It’s a new, Irish-designed stylus created by Dublin Design Studio, a company headed by former architect and New Frontiers participant, David Craig. Read all about it on siliconrepublic.com, irishtimes.com and irishtechnews.net.
New Frontiers participant, Padraig Brosnan, is featured on irishtimes.com. His company, Treasury Delta, has developed a system that allows companies to ask banks for a quote for their transaction charges.
Niamh Sheehan and the team at Higgleoo TV are currently shooting their pilot TV programme. Higgleoo TV is an interactive entertainment company for young kids under seven. According to Niamh “Higgleoo TV programmes and digital properties enable children to develop their social and emotional skills.”
Mother and daughter team, Maureen and Sam Harrison, have gone from making wedding cakes to top-end spreads for cakes, bread, scones or ice-cream. They will official launch this September at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London and are featured on today’s irishtimes.com.