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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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‘.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colm Larkin is a New Frontiers participant and is featured on irishtimes.com today. His company, Gambrinous, has been working on developing its first game, Guild of Dungeoneering, since 2013.
New Frontiers participant, Shane Lynn, is the founder of KillBiller, an app that helps people find the best mobile phone plan. KillBiller is a finalist in the AIB Start-up Academy, and has been profiled in today’s irishtimes.com.
New Frontiers participant, Adrian Walsh, was featured in the business column of the Irish Times business section (2nd March). His company, CheckVentory, allows car dealers to self-audit more accurately. “My advice to anyone thinking of starting a business is, do it but don’t give up the day job until you have completed something like New Frontiers as it gives you a structure and a network of contacts.”
Three New Frontiers companies are competing in this year’s Docklands Innovation Awards, backed by PwC. In the running for the €10,000 prize are Artomatix (founded by Eric Risser) – art-creation software for the video game industry; CheckVentory (founded by Adrian Walsh) – a stock checker for the automotive industry; and Fenestra Pro (founded by Simon Whelan and David Palmer) – software for architects. Best of luck to them all!
TenderScout, a New Frontiers company, is hosting a conference that focuses on what businesses of all sizes can do to increase their chances of success when tendering within the current system – and why they need to in order to survive. This free event is a first-of-its-kind in Ireland. If you’d like to attend, register here.
KillBiller founder, Shane Lynn, has been interviewed for Joe.ie. Shane is a New Frontiers participant, currently taking part in the AIB Start-up Academy. His app helps customers to find the most suitable mobile phone plan, potentially saving hundreds of euros a year.
New Frontiers Participant Ronan Clarke started out by producing paint which could turn any wall into a white board, the three-year-old company now has products which can make any wall or smooth surface magnetic and one which can turn a wall into a projector screen. Check out the article in the Irish Examiner!