IQPrize Shortlist Details
The Press Release on the IQPrize has just gone out and the important bits are as follows.
- Decisions For Heroes (Robin Blandford) â€“A web application that saves lives by helping rescue teams record and analyze their rescue operations and training
- GetitKeepit.com (Alan Coleman) â€“ A web application to help consumers declutter their lives by offering an online portal for the management and retention of important documentation
- MyHotel.ie (David and Matt Sherlock) â€“ A website and booking engine that reinvents the traditional booking model, offering hotels a powerful new marketing channel with no booking fees
- Neurosynergy Games (David Delany, Lorraine Boran and Michael Boran) â€“ Innovative online brain training application designed to enhance both intellectual (‘IQ’) and emotional (‘EQ’) performance for healthy people and people with specific mental disorders
- Octopied (David Behan, Ronan Morris and Michael Flanagan) â€“ A web application for freelancers, helping them manage invoicing, project management, sales and support through one simple and cost-effective tool
- Our Writersâ€™ Bloc (Owen Gallagher and Karl Quinn) â€“ An online marketplace that connects self-published authors directly with their readers, and facilitates the distribution of material over multiple formats including mobile phones and e-Reader devices
- Pendle House (Michael Furey) â€“ An online currency exchange marketplace that allows companies and individuals around the world to trade currencies directly with each other, cutting out all transaction costs
- Plink (Mark Cummins, James Philbin) â€“ An image-driven search engine that allows users take a photo of an object with a mobile phone, and automatically retrieve information about it online
On July 8th, the final candidates will make a Dragonâ€™s Den type presentation to the judges, followed by a public event where the candidates will be able to make a short elevator pitch to the audience. The Peopleâ€™s Choice Award of â‚¬1000 and the Grand Prize of â‚¬10,000 for the overall winner will be announced at the end of the night.
To add my 2 cents as a judge, I was honestly blown away by the quality of all the biz plans I reviewed. I expected that there’d be lots of badly thought-out, lunatic fringe stuff but I was completely wrong. 90% of what I read could make a feasible business.
Selecting the final 8 was bloody difficult because there were so many great ones submitted. I fully expect to see a ton of those who submitted plans running highly successful businesses over the next few years. I hope they all go straight to their County Enterprise Board or Enterprise Ireland and give them the same plans they sent us.
I don’t know who will win the prize but those 8 businesses could easily generate â‚¬100m+ revenues between them.
Here’s hoping IQContent are getting non-stop calls from EI and the CEBs to get access to all the other fantastic plans.
Video from Damian Bannon of the Announcement:
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