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The latest updates from New Frontiers participants – past and present – as well as important news from the New Frontiers programme and Enterprise Ireland!

Safecility raises €110k from ESA and Horizon 2020

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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!

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Paul McCarthy and Snapfix close €1.5 million funding round

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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.

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Advanced Photonics Systems wins at Seedcorn

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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.

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Contego Sports raises €2 million in funding

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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.

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TenderScout becomes Orbidal

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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!

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Magda Rzepkowska (WallPee) is the one to watch

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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!

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Clare National Enterprise Awards 2019

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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.

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GMIT Best Emerging Business Awards

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Congratulations to Barry Flannery (Xerotech) and Mark Corrigan (Marine Cable Services) on winning first place and runner-up respectively at the recent Best Emerging Business Awards at GMIT. The One to Watch Award went to Iain Morrow of Open Box Models.

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Success in the Dragons’ Den

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Congratulations to Olive O’Connor, founder of MediStori, who faced the Dragons last weekend and won €80,000 investment from Barry O’Sullivan. Noreen Doyle, founder of the Irish Biltong Company, was also offered investment but decided to turn it down.

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Littlewoods Blog Awards 2016

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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!

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New Programme Manager at Carlow

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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.

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New Programme Manager at Cork

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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.

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Winners at the BOI Startup Awards

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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!

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Dragons’ Den

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Congratulations to Patrick O’Callaghan (TreyBro) and Anne Walsh (Allergy Lifestyle) – two formidable New Frontiers participants who braved the Dragons’ Den last Sunday and were both offered significant investment!

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Your Smile Direct wins the Docklands Innovation Awards!

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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.

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New Frontiers workshop: funding and investment

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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.

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Docklands Innovation Enterprise Awards

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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.

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AIB Start-up Academy 2016

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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.

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Roscommon IBYE heats

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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

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IBYE award for HouseMyDog

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New Frontiers alumnus, James McElroy, has won Best Startup in the regional heat of the IBYE (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur) Awards. His company, housemydog.com, matches dog owners in the UK and Ireland with vetted dog sitters.

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Watt Spot and the Web Summit

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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.

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First brain-powered playing game

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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.

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Acres Machinery wins award for Best New Agri-Engineering Business

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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.

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Movidius opens a dedicated China office

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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.

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Burn less fuel and get more heat!

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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.

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CloudRanger courses get great reviews

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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.

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EU funding success for Mobility Mojo

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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.

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First full-service dental laboratory in the North West

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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!

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Musical adventures in Higgleoo Hollow

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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.”

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Best Emerging Business

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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).

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Three New Frontiers companies in Docklands Innovation Awards

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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!

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