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The ‘Android for boats’

Co-founder of the boat technology startup Raceix, Aidan Foley, describes its operating system for the marine leisure sector as being ‘Android for boats with the intuition of Apple and the dynamism of Tesla’. Irishtimes.com looks at their ‘game-changing’ software.

Unitek.AI lends extra help to Flender

Founded by New Frontiers alumnus Martin Brown, data extraction platform developer Unitek.AI has signed a deal with peer-to-peer business lender Flender to automate its data entry operations.

Marketplace and payments channel for musicians

Featured on Fora.ie’s Startup Scout series is New Frontiers alumnus Luke Rynne Cullen, talking about his platform, Applaud, which wants to make gig bookings for musicians flow much easier.

Seed Golf playing in lucrative golf ball market

Great to see this coverage of New Frontiers company Seed Golf, going strong in the golf ball market. Read about their story in this irishtimes.com article.

Brewing up the perfect business with tea

Dr Rosalind Beere’s business, Chi Fit, is featured on dublingazette.com. Rosalind came up with the concept for her business after a serious accident, and her tea blend is now stocked in shops around the country. Read the article.

Two New Frontiers participants are The Pitch finalists

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!

Just the job for HR and hiring managers

BidRecruit is a company that has created a technology-driven solution to common recruiting problems. Alumna Caroline Gleeson and her partner David Banaghan are featured on siliconrepublic.com.

Speedily stack the shelves of online stores

Mypicdrop founder and New Frontiers alumna, Karina Kelly, is featured on siliconrepublic.com. Karina was also one of the 12 pitch finalists at the annual New Frontiers event. Find out about her background and her new startup in this interview.

Contego Sports raises €2 million in funding

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…

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TenderScout becomes Orbidal

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…

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Magda Rzepkowska (WallPee) is the one to watch

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!

SFA National Small Business Awards

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumna, Hannah Wrixon of Get the Shifts, who was recognised in the Emerging New Businesses (under 2 years) category at the SFA National Small Business Awards 2019.

Clare National Enterprise Awards 2019

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.

A polished solution

AirOPol, founded by John O’Callaghan, has a labour-saving cutlery polisher for commercial kitchens that innovatively uses air instead of vibration to do the job. He is featured on irishtimes.com.

Teacher CPD training

Edtech startup Rahoo was founded by Ciara McGuane. Its mission in life is to bring teacher training into the digital age with online courses and training. Her story is featured on fora.ie.

Food innovation

Fiid, founded by Shane Ryan, makes plant-based ready meals called Nourishing Lunch Bowls. The vegan meals come in single serving pouches and don’t need to be chilled. Shane is featured on irishtimes.com.

The Cubbie Sensory Unit on TG4

The Cubbie Sensory Unit (New Frontiers alumnus, David McIntyre) was featured on TG4’s Prime Time news. The prototype has been installed in Scoil Daire across from the GMIT Galway campus. View the coverage at 11 min 23 secs.

Bringing kombucha to the Irish market

Ronan Coughlan and Tracy Armstrong returned to Ireland and founded an organic, craft-brewed Irish kombucha company. Read about their journey on irishtimes.com.

Sadie’s Kitchen is Food Entrepreneur of the Year

Congratulations to Sarah Kiely, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Sadie’s Kitchen, on winning ‘Food Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the recent Irish Women’s Awards 2019.

Easing the headache of finding decent housemates

New Frontiers alumnus, Ed Burke, started Roomigo to make the accommodation hunting process a little less stressful by matching like-minded tenants. He is featured on fora.ie.

Chinnery Gin

New Frontiers alumna, Marie Byrne, and the co-founder, David Havelin, were interviewed by echo.ie about their new gin, which was inspired by the famous Canton trading route.

Business All-Star accreditation

Congratulations to Leonie Lynch, founder of Juspy, and Ciara McGuane, founder of Rathú, on gaining All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation at the recent accreditation ceremony at Croke Park.

Workjuggle’s year in startup land

Ciara Garvan, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Workjuggle, shares some hard-won insights into what it takes to be an entrepreneur and startup founder on irishtechnews.ie.

New ‘TripAdvisor for beauty’ app

New Frontiers participant, Wendy Slattery, is the co-founder of The Beauty Buddy along with her sister Tracy Leavy. They are featured on irishtimes.com.

Firm seeks €500k to fund alternative treatment for ADHD

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.

Firm says no place like home for virtual furniture

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.

Hannah Wrixon is toast of hospitality industry

New Frontiers participant, Hannah Wrixon, only set up Get the Shifts, her startup that runs an app enabling hospitality businesses to source shift workers, in 2016. She’s featured on independent.ie.

Tech firm couple look to future with virtual reality

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.

Marine biologist takes plunge and dives into seafood

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.

Beagel accepted into the Microsoft Business Mentoring Programme

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.

“I started my first business when I was 11”

Hannah Wrixon is the founder of Get the Shifts and a New Frontiers alumna. She talks about what she’s learned so far in business – from running creches to gig-economy firms – in this article on fora.ie.

Connecting sellers to potential buyers on social media

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.

jumpAgrade is the modern alternative to grinds

Founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Ethan O’Brien, jumpAgrade is an online service for second-level students, created to help them get better grades and be confident in exams. The company was recently featured by irishtechnews.ie.

Seaweed startup on the shelves of SuperValu and Selfridge’s

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.

Matching compatible housemates

Ed Burke, founder of RooMigo and previous New Frontiers participant, was featured on siliconrepublic.com. His startup is an online platform that helps people to find suitable housemates to live with.

Making popsicles with just fruit and veg

Irishtimes.com recently published an article about the ingredients in shop-bought ice pops. Wellnice Foods, co-founded by New frontiers alumna BJ Broderick,  got a big shoutout for using only cold-pressed fruit and veg in theirs!

Walk on the wild side

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.

Leaving the rat-race to create cremation artworks

New Frontiers alumna, Carol McGowan, is the founder of Heartstone. The company is bringing creativity and uniqueness to how we commemorate our loved ones, as she told independent.ie in a recent interview.

ViClarity to open a US office

ViClarity, founded by John Sheehy, will be opening an office in Boston in a bid to continue the growth of the company’s US customer base. They are featured on irishtechnews.ie.

Irish firm hacks the hackers

Donal Kerr is co-founder of 4Securitas, which has entered the cybersecurity space with an innovative solution for hacking alerts. Read more on irishexaminer.com.

Izzy Wheels founders in the Forbes ’30 Under 30′

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.

Saving lives with new cost-effective drone rescue app

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.

TenderScout secures €1m investment

AI-driven tender platform, TenderScout, was founded by New Frontiers alumnus Tony Corrigan. The company has secured another €1 million investment from private investors and angel funds and plans 15 new jobs. Read the story on irishtimes.com.

Seedcorn finalists, Superwheel

Congratulations to Simon Chan of Superwheel who has been shortlisted for the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition. Simon is a graduate of the New Frontiers class of 2017 and will officially launch his product on July 17th in the RDC!

Heatwave brought jump in sales for Wellnice Pops

Damian O’Reilly of CountryWide Saturday (RTÉ Radio 1) spoke to the founders of Limerick-based ice-pop brand, Wellnice Pops, BJ Broderick and Trín O’Brien. Listen again.

Gecko Governance to raise $20m through initial coin offering

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.

Drone company’s project takes off

Donegal company, DroneSAR, has won an international XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award (AUVSI) in Colorado, USA. Founder and New Frontiers alumnus, Matthew Kelly, is featured on donegaldemocrat.ie.

Tech startup snapped up by Silicon Valley company

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.

A simpler, safer way to handle chemicals

Dublin-based startup, Diluteze, intends to protect those using weed killers and detergents. Founder and recent New Frontiers graduate, Simon Ruddy, is featured on irishtimes.com.

Business showcase: Ekho

Engagement platform, Ekho, is featured on irishtechnews.ie. Co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Raef Tyrrell, Ekho allows tourist attractions to manage, deliver and analyse their multimedia content via a content management system.

Startups in Limerick

SiliconRepublic recently published its list of “15 super start-ups from Limerick to watch” featuring two New Frontiers past participants – Tippy Talk and Trackplan. See the whole list on siliconrepublic.com.

Wellnice Foods is shortlisted for the Startup Awards

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!

‘Put simply, I realised people want to live with friends’

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.

Get the Shifts wins at the All Ireland Business Summit

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.

CEO of StoryStock still does the hoovering

Francis Fitzgibbon, founder and CEO of StoryStock, was featured on thejournal.ie sharing seven insights into his life as a founder.

GMIT Best Emerging Business Awards

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.

Limerick Local Enterprise Awards

Congratulations to Mark Cochrane (TrackPlan) on winning Best Start Up Business Award at the Limerick Local Enterprise Awards. Congratulations also go to Conan McDonnell (Beeactiv) on winning the Best Manufacturing Business Award.

Clare Local Enterprise Awards

Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon (Get the Shifts) and Fintan Ward (Golf Voyager) winner and runner-up respectively in the Clare Local Enterprise Awards! Hannah will continue on to represent Co Clare at the National Awards.

Mibeau Interiors in Kerry

Interior designer, Michelle Keane, is the founder of Mibeau Interiors and a New Frontiers participant. She was recently featured on independent.ie.

You have to hand it to Tralee 3D manufacturing start-up Wazp

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.

Veri good idea pays off

Irishexaminer.com recently featured Ann Marie McSorley, founder and chief executive of Veri. The company has developed a safer, cheaper, and better way of tracking and tracing training outcomes than the traditional alternative of paper records or spreadsheets.

Moms doing it for themselves

New Frontiers alumna, Leonie Lynch, shares how she juggles being a mum and entrepreneur on eumom.ie. Leonie will officially launch her startup, Juspy, on Mother’s Day (11th March).

Shane Ryan – 100 Hot Start-ups

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, Shane Ryan, on being named in the Sunday Business Post’s ‘100 Hot Start-ups‘ listing. Shane’s startup, Feed, produces plant-based meal pots that are already being stocked by stores such as Dunnes and SuperValu.

StoryTracks brings local stories to life

StoryTracks is a modern heritage audio guide which brings local stories to life via a smartphone or tablet. Founder and New Frontiers participant, Fergal Nealon, was interviewed for siliconrepublic.com‘s Startup of the Week series.

Simvirtua finds virtual world offering up very real possibilities

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.

Start-up focuses on pre-event engagement

Startup Connect the Dots helps firms create events that are relevant to their audience. Co-founders Naomi Murphy and Marisa Denker are featured on irishtimes.com.

Scriba’s digital odyssey

Coinciding with the recent launch of Scriba, David Craig – founder of Dublin Design Studio – is interviewed on siliconrepublic.com about the journey from architecture to electronics manufacturing.

Startup Spotlight: Juspy

Leonie Lynch is the founder of lifestyle brand Juspy, which is just about to launch its first product, Juspy Momme, a ready-made drink with the postnatal mother in mind. The startup is featured on thelimerickmagazine.com.

Irish whiskey-based bitters add a zing to cocktails

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.

Wild Irish Seaweed doubles production

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.

“Failure helped me hit the ground running”

Shane Ryan is the founder of ethical food company, FEED. In this independent.ie interview, he talks about how he used the lessons from his first business to help develop his latest startup.

European expansion for HouseMyDog

HouseMyDog, founded by Timothy And James McElroy, raised £500,000 in funding via the Crowdcube platform. They are planning to spend this on expansion into European markets, doubling the team to 10 and launching an app for users. Congratulations!

Wellnice Pops adopted into prestigious Google programme

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.

Contego Sports gets ahead of the posse with €1.5 million fund

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.

Kerry tech firm take on the digital banking sector

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.

Taking stock of news in local communities

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.

Britebiz to double its headcount

Another startup to have received support from New Frontiers – Britebiz – is featured in the Sunday Business Post. With over 50% of their sales in the USA, the startup has just opened a New York office.

Juggling to find a direct path to flexible work

New Frontiers alumna, Ciara Garvan, is the founder of WorkJuggle – a recruitment service that links skilled professionals to part-time, flexible, remote, and short-contract jobs. She is featured on irishtimes.com.

Backup firm draws on the Cloud

David Gildea is the founder of CloudRanger and a New Frontiers alumnus. His cloud server management system includes automated backup and disaster recovery management. The company is profiled on irishexaminer.com.

Áine NutriScience helps farmers with animal nutrition

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.

Foodoppi teaches kids to appreciate good food

Foodoppi is an online food network for children, featuring videos, recipes and competitions, with a sprinkling of science thrown in too. New Frontiers participant, Aisling Larkin, is featured with her co-founder Louise Lennox on bizplus.ie.

Easing staffing crisis in the healthcare sector

Aimee Madden has developed and launched CliniShift, a digital platform that enables hospitals to fill vacant shifts at short notice with appropriately qualified clinical staff. The New Frontiers participant is featured on irishtimes.com.

Keep your diary full of bookings

BookingHawk is an online booking and diary management system, built in Dublin. Founder Niall Smith, a New Frontiers alumnus, is profiled as the siliconrepublic.com start-up of the week.

It just gets butter and butter

Improper Butter founders, Elaine Lavery and Hannah O’Reilly, are featured on thetaste.ie. Co-founder Elaine Lavery is a New Frontiers alumna, and the company has recently repackaged their delicious range of products.

Quinoa Crunch in the news

New Frontiers alumna, Erica Sheehan, is the founder of Homespun Foods. Her cereal, Quinoa Crunch, is going head to head in the supermarket aisles with cornflakes giant Kellogg’s. She is featured on thetimes.co.uk.

Sisters turn wheelchairs into fashion statement

Ailbhe Keane, New Frontiers alumna, is the founder and creative director of Izzy Wheels, a company that creates customised spoke guards for wheelchairs. The startup is featured on independent.ie.

A unified platform for wellness practitioners

Darryl Gibney, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Wellclik – a service that relieves the administrative burden for wellness practitioners – is featured on irishtimes.com.

Looking at STEM innovators in Ireland

Brian Henderson, PhD student in Biological Sciences at DIT and founder of Baon Diagnostics, is featured in the irishtimes.com‘s roundup of some of the most exciting STEM projects around Ireland.

Forex future will be in the cloud

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.

Table-top solution to waiting in line

Diarmaid Murphy’s new digital menu speeds up ordering in cafes and restaurants. Promo Pads is about to be piloted in Dublin, with a roll out across the rest of Ireland coming soon. Read about the startup on irishtimes.com.

OrderPoint aims to cut waste bills for hospitality industry

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.

How Niall Moloney brought PowCow to market

Dietitian specialising in sports and exercise nutrition, Niall Moloney, has developed an alternative frozen treat that is both healthy and tasty! His startup, PowCow, is featured on irishtimes.com.

€80,000 in supports for innovative agri companies

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.

Five start-ups to look out for in 2017

Wellnice, co-founded by New Frontiers alumna BJ Broderick, is one of The Independent’s “Five start-ups to look out for in 2017” – read the article on independent.ie.

New app helps set up 5-a-side games

New Frontiers startup, Kickabout, is an app for both players and pitch owners. The app, which launches on 5th June, aims to eliminate the frustration that comes when a match is cancelled due to lack of players. Read their interview on newstalk.com.

Bugs set to be new health food

Meath startup, Hexafly, uses a revolutionary new biotechnology solution to allow insects to be bred and processed on an industrial scale, which could supply the world with a significant new food source. They are featured on irishexaminer.com.

Cutting waste bills for the hospitality industry

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.

Even more success in the Den!

And yet another New Frontiers alumnus has successfully faced the Dragons! Congratulation to Evan and Gerard Talty, who secured investment from Alison Cowzer for Wild Irish Seaweed.

Into the Den again

Another Dragons’ Den saw Heat Hero founder, Art McArdle, receive two separate offers of investment! Watch the episode to see what he decided to do.

Success in the Dragons’ Den

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.

Tackling the data deluge – with DNA

Helixworks, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Nimesh Pinnamaneni, was featured in the Irish Times following their win at the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.

60 new jobs planned by LINC startups

As reported on Silicon Republic, startups at IT Blanchardstown’s LINC (Learning and Innovation Centre) aren’t short on ambition! The recent graduates of New Frontiers Phase 2 at ITB say they plan to generate 60 new jobs in the next 12 months.

Sarah Kiely wows on Dragons’ Den

Sarah Kiely, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Sadie’s Kitchen, won over Dragon Alison Cowzer for an investment of €50,000 in return for a 20% shareholding stake in her health food startup.

A new level of safety to sports training

David & Ellen Caren identified a need for a wearable alarm device that runners and sports people could activate should they encounter difficulties when out training. Read about their startup, Run Angel, on irishexaminer.com.

Super job of online retail supply

Dublin start-up SuperDisty has been working on software which makes it easier for manufacturers and distributors to supply online retailers. Founder, Elaine Ralph, is profiled in the Irish Examiner.

Black Twist’s coffee and whiskey blend targets millennials

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.

Rain + Conker beats 50 other startups in North East competition

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.

Ireland of Things: 50 key players

VT Networks, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Mark Bannon, is named in Silicon Republic’s roundup of the most important players in Ireland’s IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem. See the full list.

Hay fever? There’s an app for that

David Carson, New Frontiers alumnus, co-founded MedApp with his dad. The app helps people with hay fever to manage their condition. They were recently interviewed by irishtimes.com.

Galactic adventure for the next generation

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.

The winner takes it all – business competition

Best of luck to the five startups going head to head for the top prize of €12,000 in DkIT/DCU’s New Frontiers Programme pitch competition.

The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards

Congratulations to past participant Ashleigh Smith, founder of Atlantic Equipment. The company is a finalist in the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2017, which will be held in Galway next month.

The Independent: 20 firms to watch

After Enterprise Ireland identified 229 young companies that had received €32m in supporting investment, the Independent has published its list of the top 20 companies to watch, which features several New Frontiers startups.

Hydrasure wins a place on the AIB Startup Academy

Congratulations to Emer Cooney, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Hydrasure, for winning a place on this year’s AIB Startup Academy. The 14 finalists will compete for the Academy’s coveted top prize, which is worth €200,000.

Call for Competitive Start Fund (All Sectors)

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.

New Innovators: Itchy Little Monkeys

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.

Teaching children how to recognise dangers on farms

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.

The Forbes 30 Under 30

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, Niall Mimnagh, for being named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Niall’s company, Mimergy, recycles tyres into resources such as fuel and high-value chemicals.

Invizbox wins JumpStart 2016

Congratulations to privacy startup Invizbox, which took the top prize at the LINC’s JumpStart 2016 Competition. The company was co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Paul Canavan.

TenderScout scoops top award at eir Spiders

Congratulations to TenderScout, founded by New Frontier alumnus Tony Corrigan, for winning Best Digital Start-Up and the coveted Grand Prix Award at the 2016 eir Spider Awards.

Artist breathes life into interactive teddy bears

New Frontiers startup, Teddybots, has created a new soft toy with its own online identity designed to spark imaginations. Read about them in a feature on irishtimes.com.

New innovators: Contomply

Contomply, a New Frontiers startup, is a SaaS application designed to capture assurance scheme requirements for commercial operators in the animal feed industry. Read the interview with co-founder Thomasina Maguire on irishtimes.com.

New Frontiers alumnus wins at InterTrade Ireland’s Seedcorn competition

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!

N-Pro’s Mark and Sandra Ganly on Sky News

Contego Sports founders, Mark and Sandra Ganly, were on Sky News with Alex Corbisiero talking about the innovative N-Pro rugby cap. You can watch the interview here.

Writing for Tiny wins Tech Startup of the Year

Congratulations to Writing for Tiny, founded by New Frontiers alumna, Gail Condon. The company won the Tech Start-Up of the Year award at the European Tech Cluster Leaders Awards in Cork last week.

Spotrack makes its London debut

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.

Gecko – finalists in the Seedcorn Competition

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.

New Innovators: Fydiz

Adrien Lachaize is the founder of Fydiz. The startup has developed a tool that links firms with 3D modelling and design experts, and the platform is about to go live. Read their feature on irishtimes.com.

From first steps to walking tall

CogniKids, founded by Ollwyn Moran, has developed a range of innovative developmental products for children. They were recently featured on independent.ie.

Scriba goes from strength to strength

Congratulation to Dublin Design Studio, founded by David Craig. They recently won the Innovation Awards 2016 and their innovative stylus, Scriba, will be on the shelves this Christmas.

Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, Graham Byrne. His startup, YourSmileDirect, is regional finalists in this year’s InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition!

Littlewoods Blog Awards 2016

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!

Kidsflush gets investment from Touker Suleyman

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.

Hub Controls about to go to market

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 receives Horizon 2020 funding

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.

New innovators: Warbble

Emmett Gallagher is a New Frontiers participant and the founder of Warbble, a new marketing platform featured on irishtimes.com.

Artomatix receives Horizon 2020 SME funding

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.

Health beverage gets the green light from Lloyds Pharmacy

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.

Irish Biltong awarded Great Taste 2016 Award

Congratulations to Irish Biltong, co-founded by New Frontiers alumna Noreen Doyle, on being awarded a Great Taste 2016 award.

Westport company trucking into the future

Sorcha O’Grady and Jens Hellberg are the co-founders of TruckScience, based in Westport. The company develops professional software for the trucking industry worldwide and was recently featured on mayonews.ie.

InvizBox on The Sunday Business Show

Paul Canavan is a New Frontiers alumnus and co-founder of InvizBox. He talked recently to Today FM’s The Sunday Business Show about their experience raising funding on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter.

New Programme Manager at Carlow

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.

New Programme Manager at Cork

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.

Start-up of the week: Glue VFX

Glue VFX is a visual effects company founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Ray Mongey. They work with big brands such as Lego, MARS and Nestlé and are the siliconrepublic.com startup of the week.

Dublin App Competes For International Award

MyDealDoc, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Mike Morrissey, is a European finalist in the Talent Unleashed Awards in London. Read about the company on bizplus.ie.

DiaNia Technologies raises €2m funding and plans 20 new jobs

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.

Irish device InvizBox secures online privacy

The Irish Examiner has a feature on InvizBox, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus, Paul Canavan. The company is about to launch a product that creates a virtual network in the fight to protect privacy online.

Gecko Governance wins place in London Startup Final

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.

Seedcorn 2016

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!

Start-up of the week: Cortechs

Aine Behan, New Frontiers alumna and founder of Cortechs, is featured on siliconrepublic.com. Cortechs has created an IoT technology and game that measures brainwaves and helps children with ADHD.

Ireland’s Internet of Things network

Ireland’s first IoT network has gone live, months ahead of target. It was deployed by VT Networks, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Mark Bannon, in partnership with Sigfox. Read the story on siliconrepublic.com.

New Innovator: Anchorlily

New Frontiers participant, Catherine Daly, has founded a health startup that makes specially designed products for those living with dementia. Irishtimes.com has just published an article about Anchorlily.

Start-up of the week: StudyBundles

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.

LIT’s Hartnett Centre honours its graduates

The nine startups on LIT’s New Frontiers programme have so far raised €2m in funding, have a potential value of €20m to the Irish economy, and expect to create 200 jobs by the end of the year. Read the article on siliconrepublic.com

Wexford Business Awards

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, Rory O’Connor, whose company Scurri won Overall Business of the Year at the Wexford Business Awards 2016. Scurri has also released impressive growth figures this week.

Winners at the BOI Startup Awards

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!

Virgin Media Voom 2016

Two New Frontiers participants, Sarah Roarty (N17 Brewery) and Niall Moloney (PowCow), have made it through to the Voom 2016 29-hour live pitchathon on 1st and 2nd June. Good luck!

BOI Startup Awards

Best of luck to the numerous New Frontiers participants who have been shortlisted for tonight’s Bank of Ireland Startup Awards!

Beatvyne

Beatvyne is a live music marketplace designed for emerging and established musicians. Read about the company, and its founder Kenn Davis, in this recent article on irishtimes.com.

Huge success for EVB Sport

Yvonne Brady is a New Frontiers alumna and founder of EVB Sport, which makes support sportswear for women. Read about her entrepreneurial journey on irishexaminer.com.

EquiRatings opens Carlow offices

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.

App firm secures Enterprise Ireland funding

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.

Kickstart your business: Complyfile

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.

Gaming tech livens up business data

Entrepreneur and New Frontiers participant, Kevin McCaffrey, gets an in-depth interview in the Independent. Read about how a dull business meeting gave him the inspiration for his data startup, Tr3Dent.

Dragons’ Den

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!

Best Family Run Business

Congratulations to Irish Biltong, who recently won the ‘Best Family Run Business’ category of the Blacknight SME Awards 2016. Noreen Doyle’s family startup is going from strength to strength!

Irish Biltong teams up with Connacht Rugby

Irish Biltong have become the official supplier of biltong to the Connacht Rugby team. The startup, which produces 100% Irish biltong in Co Kildare, was co-founded by New Frontiers participant Noreen Doyle.

The Startup Shed

Two New Frontiers participants – Norma O’Mahona of Effy and Orla McCallion of Uni Tuition – have been featured by The Startup Shed. Read all about their amazing startups!

AgriTech: extension to the Innovation Arena deadline

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.

Hot 100 Startups

A number of fantastic companies founded by New Frontiers alumni are featured in the ‘Hot 100 Start-Ups’ list published by the Sunday Business Post. See who made the top 100 in their online version of the pullout.

Drones to help European first responders

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.

Neurofeedback training to improve attention skills

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.

Improper Food targets health-conscious millennials

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.

Bundly platform puts contacts in the cloud

New Frontiers participant, Tim Arits, is the co-founder of Bundly – an online platform that stores contact information. The were recently featured on bizplus.ie.

Graduates of Phase 2 Blanchardstown

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!

Zeto secures investment of €1.7m

Great news for New Frontiers alumnus, Stephen Slattery, today. His Cork-based startup, Zeto, has secured a major contract with supermarket chain Lidl following €1.7 million investment. Read the story on irishtimes.com.

Stylish menswear made from sustainable, comfortable fabrics

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.

Kerry’s Grasshopper Skateboards sets out to make waves

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.

Start-up of the week: Effy

Effy, co-founded by New Frontiers participant Norma O’Mahony, uses existing in-store data to ensure retailers have the right staff, in the right place, at the right time. They are featured as Silicon Republic’s startup of the week.

Innovation Arena 2016

Do you have an innovative agri idea? Applications for the Innovation Arena 2016 at the National Ploughing Championships are now open! The prize fund is worth over €65,000 in supports… find out more on the Innovation Arena website.

My start-up story: Aoife Kelly, founder of ÍON

New Frontiers participant, Aoife Kelly, is on a mission to help firms achieve a healthier and more energised workforce with her ÍON herbal tonics. Read her interview on irishtimes.com.

Your Smile Direct wins the Docklands Innovation Awards!

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.

Rubicon Centre will continue to deliver New Frontiers in Cork

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.

‘Life History’ quilts bring comfort to dementia sufferers

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.

Popertee website seeks locations for pop-up businesses

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.

Two nominations for Irish Biltong

Congratulations to Noreen Doyle, cofounder of Irish Biltong, on TWO nominations in the Blacknight SME Awards 2016. The family-owned company produces 100% Irish high protein health snacks.

New Frontiers workshop: funding and investment

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.

It’s a Beutifi day as online salon player creates 14 jobs and buys rival

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.

Docklands Innovation Enterprise Awards

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.

Traffic light system to reduce risk of cross-country riding

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.

AIB Start-up Academy 2016

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.

AirBnB for dogs: HouseMyDog

James and Timothy McElroy, of HouseMyDog, are featured on independent.ie as they expand into the UK and prepare to break into the rest of the EU.

PMD Solutions eyes global growth

PMD, founded by New Frontiers participant, Myles Murray, is featured in the Irish Examiner. They have developed RespiraSense, the world’s first continuous and accurate discrete sensor that measures the mechanics of respiration.

Gamifying healthier behaviour to change to how insurance products work

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.

€1.2 million in funding for VT Networks

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.

Transforming classrooms with interactive school-desks

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.

Donegal young entrepreneur launches app

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.

New start-up is short-listed for a major award

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’s books are taking off across the world

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!

DropChef is now delivering to Google

Huge congratulations to DropChef, co-founded by our New Frontiers participant Ryan Scott, who have secured a deal with Google to deliver healthy meals for all 3,000 Google HQ staff!

HouseMyDog comes third at Adopt a Startup

Congratulations to New Frontiers alumnus, James McElroy, founder of HouseMyDog. They came 3rd at the recent Google – Adopt A Startup Awards in Dublin!

Pledge today and be the first to own a Stowaway

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!

Award success for Last Minute Minders

Congratulations to Hannah Wrixon, founder of Last Minute Minders, for taking Bronze in the Service Startup category at the BOI Startup Awards. They also won bronze at the recent Boots maternity & infant awards – Best Family/Kids App. Well done!

Veri, Glanbia Kilkenny Biz Awards finalists

Best of luck to New Frontiers participant Ann Marie McSorley of Veri Integrated Training – finalists in the Glanbia Kilkenny Biz Awards this Saturday evening! Veri is a comprehensive online learning and training management solution.

Mimergy is developing a technology that provides alternatives to incineration

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.

The New Frontiers directory is out!

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 wins the Seedcorn regionals

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!

20 inspiring Irish success stories

Movidius, co-founded by New Frontiers alumnus Séan Mitchell, features in Silicon Republic’s ‘20 inspiring Irish success stories to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs‘.

New Frontiers Annual Networking Event

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!

BabyDoc is a winner at the Boots Maternity Infant Awards

Congratulations to Mike Morrissey and BabyDoc App for winning the “Best Family/Kids App” category at the Boots Maternity Infant Awards 2015!

Bank of Ireland Startup Awards

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!

Scriba shortlisted for the IDI Awards

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!

Roscommon IBYE heats

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

20 apps to put you in control of your finances

Kill Biller, founded by New Frontiers participant Shane Lynn, is featured in www.independent.ie’s list of “20 apps to put you in control of your finances“.

IBYE award for HouseMyDog

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.

Watt Spot and the Web Summit

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.

Two awards for Writing for Tiny

Gail Condon, founder of Writing for Tiny, won Best Start-up and the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Cork City region at the region’s IBYE (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur) Awards. Congratulations!

First brain-powered playing game

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.

A fresh approach to weight loss

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.

Wazp, winner of the Kerry heat of the Young Entrepreneur Programme

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 wins award for Best New Agri-Engineering Business

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.

A leap forward in livestock handling

More media coverage for New Frontiers alumna, Maeve O’Keeffe, and her innovative cattle crush Inspect 4. She was featured in the Independent yesterday.

Find baby products that are on special offer in your local stores

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 opens a dedicated China office

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.

Burn less fuel and get more heat!

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.

Worrying about your phone battery could soon be a thing of the past

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.

You need to heed what the market is telling you it wants

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.

The Blog Awards 2015 – voting is now open!

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!

Vetted, qualified and interviewed childcare professionals

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).

Cook like a master chef!

DropChef, founded by New Frontiers participant Ryan Scott, gets a long feature on the Food & Drink section of irishtimes.com. DropChef delivers high-quality ingredients and instructions for you to make delicious meals at home.

CloudRanger courses get great reviews

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.

EU funding success for Mobility Mojo

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.

Whatzere at the Galway International Arts Festival

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.

Get voting for Mummy Cooks!

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.

A three-click solution for finding the perfect dog sitter

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.

First full-service dental laboratory in the North West

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!

Live tackling for safer football training

John Paul Hartigan, New Frontiers alumnus and founder of Shadowman Sports, is featured in Sports Illustrated. His mobile tackling system is the only such system on the market.

Get smart with your energy

EnergyElephant, founded by New Frontiers participant, Joe Borza, was featured on irishtimes.com – his startup helps businesses save money on their energy bills.

Investment and expansion plans for balls.ie

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.

From dancing to designing

Former dancer and New Frontiers participant, Orla Reynolds, has an innovative take on furniture design, and her award winning bookcase is about to go into production. Read her story on irishtimes.com.

Dublin Design Studio wins top prize at Europass pitching competition

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.

Over the moon with virtual reality!

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!

The way you interact with your tablet is about to change

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.

Competitive Start Fund

The latest call for Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund – design-led startup companies only – is open on Wednesday 15th July and will close at 3pm Wednesday 29th July. See our tips for making a successful application!

Helping companies get a better deal on bank charges

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.

Musical adventures in Higgleoo Hollow

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.”

“Aim high and keep going.”

Locatible has created a patent-pending cloud platform that can locate any asset or person indoors to an accuracy of sub one metre and could potentially save hospitals millions of dollars every year. They are Silicon Republic’s startup of the week.

Cloudberry Bakery: Irish-made spreads and sauces

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.

Votechnik Launches European ReVolv Project

Lisa O’Donoghue, New Frontiers alumna and CEO of Votechnik, is heading up a major EU project. ReVolv will deliver efficient recycling of the next generation of Europe’s waste TVs in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

Rocking the Celtic way

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!

Colm Larkin is making a splash in the world of digital gaming

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.

The world’s very first correctly insulated tent

Derek O’Sullivan is a New Frontiers participant and founder of Thermo Tent. His thermally and acoustically insulated tent reduces, or even eradicates, the spikes in temperature that can make camping. He has been featured on joe.ie.

Maeve O’Keeffe on the Saturday Night Show

New Frontiers participant, Maeve O’Keeffe, was on the Saturday Night Show to talk about modern farming in Ireland. Maeve is CEO of Inspect4, which has developed an award-winning animal handling crate for performing tasks such as hoof paring – with better safety and less stress.

“It’s not about risk for me, I’d be more afraid at not taking the chance.”

Rory O’Farrell, New Frontiers past participant, is founder of Melosity – a desktop-based virtual studio that enables musicians to cut sessions remotely. Read his story on thejournal.ie.

Harnessing the power of storytelling to catch and keep students’ attention

New Frontiers participant, Daire O’Neill, is interviewed for today’s irishtimes.com. His company, A5 Technologies, develops software that helps Japanese professionals improve their English.

Cork’s new business leaders

Another two news articles following the end of the current Phase 2 of the programme at Cork’s Rubicon Centre! One from thecorknews.ie and a nice spread in Cork’s Evening Echo.

New Frontiers participant wins Horizon 2020 funding

Frank Riedewald has just completed Phase 2 of the New Frontiers programme at IT Cork. His company, Composite Recycling, is one of only eight Irish SMEs to be awarded funding in the latest call for Phase 1 of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, having developed a patented process for “whole tyre” recycling using molten zinc.

A device to give you control of your utility bills

Ollie Hynes was a New Frontiers participant at IT Tallaght and is featured on irishtimes.com this week. His product, the HUB Controller, is a next-generation smart thermostat, which Ollie claims is the “first and only household utility bill controller”.

The “Google of world forestry” is a New Frontiers company!

Following the New Frontiers showcase and awards event at the Rubicon Centre in Cork, graduating businesses BizTweet and Treemetrics were given a great write-up in the Irish Examiner. Congratulations to both of them.

MentorPitch wins EU funding for innovative ideas

New Frontiers participant, Gerard Kiely, is CEO of MentorPitch, a global mentoring platform for universities and companies. The company has won EU Horizon 2020 funding for its innovative online mentoring platform, which captures outcome intelligence for mentoring programmes.

Good luck to the graduates from Cork!

Twelve New Frontiers participants celebrated the end of Phase 2 at the Rubicon Centre in Cork yesterday with an awards and showcase event. Best of luck to all of them as they take the next step on their entrepreneurial journey!

Near field communications (NFC) technology in the automotive industry

Previous New Frontiers participant, Sharon Kavanagh-Banks, was featured in the Irish Times last week. Her company, Luminosity, is developing electronic tag technology for cars that could one day mean the end of paper discs in your car!

“It’s about giving people the tools they need to realise their dreams”

New Frontiers participant, Chris Gregan, was featured with his business partners in the Irish Times. Their company, Fungus Games, helps people create story games easily, with no coding.

SuperDisty makes it easy for manufacturers and distributors to engage with online markets

Elaine Ralph is a New Frontiers participant and was featured in the Irish Times last week. Her company, SuperDisty, is an end-to-end solution that integrates a company’s existing software with multiple leading online platforms.

Competitive Start Fund calls

Two  Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund calls have opened –  “Graduate Entrepreneurship” and “All Sectors”. Applications must be in by 3pm on Wednesday 15th April 2015 (only one per applicant).

“Everybody knows the most efficient way to truly learn something is to do it yourself”

David Whelan is a New Frontiers participant and founder and CEO of Immersive VR Education, which has developed a virtual reality experience that places students in any event or allows them to relive any day in history. Immersive VR Education is the startup of the week on siliconrepublic.com.

“There’s no point building an amazing product that no one knows about”

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.

Increase in start-ups taking advantage of Enterprise Ireland funds

Tom Hayes, head of Enterprise Ireland’s micro enterprise and small business unit, is interviewed for today’s independent.ie.  Hayes says that businesses set up during the recession are now in prime position to take advantage of the upturn and Enterprise Ireland expects to see a marked increase in the number of start-ups taking advantage of its various funds and programmes.

Adrian Walsh featured in the Irish Times

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.”

Best Emerging Business

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).

Three New Frontiers companies in Docklands Innovation Awards

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!

Public Procurement for Business Growth

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.

“Do one thing well, and not many things poorly”

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.

Clinical nutrition company combats malnutrition

Nualtra, founded by New Frontiers alumnus Paul Gough, is helping the HSE and the UK’s NHS to save millions. They’re featured in the Belfast Telegraph.

One to Watch

Tony Corrigan & his company Tenderscout were named One To Watch by businessandfinance.com. TenderScout is an online platform that helps SMEs win public sector contracts. Congrats Tony!

Luring clients with a magnetic force

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!

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