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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
Dorothy Creaven is a New Frontiers past participant and co-founder of Element Wave, which has been named one of the top 20 “Irish startups that will rock you the Celtic way” by Geektime.com. Congrats, Dorothy!
GMIT held an entrepreneurship event last Friday (27th February). Conall O Móráin of TodayFM’s Sunday Business Show hosted a live pitching event with six New Frontiers participants, with €10K up for grabs! Best Emerging Business went to Tomas Thompson of Rockfield Medical Devices, the runners up were Sarah Roarty (N17 Brewery) and Frank Enright (Q Pathway).