Posts Tagged ‘startups’

Get Your Start-Up in Front of Everyone at Dublin Web Summit

conor 23rd of August 2011 by conor

This really is top news from Dublin Web Summit and Enterprise Ireland.

25 start-ups will be able to exhibit at the #DWS Startup Zone for only €550 each! That’s down from €4,470 list.

What are you waiting for? Do it.

10 Game/Web start-ups get €50k each from Enterprise Ireland

conor 25th of March 2011 by conor

EI has announced the 10 winners of this round of the Internet & Games Competitive Start Fund. Each start-up gets €50k for 10% equity stake by EI. 120 companies applied.

The winners are:

  • Tribal City Interactive – Games including iPhone/Android. Yay Alan!
  • Decisions For Heroes –  Emergency response team management and analytics (and winner of the IQPrize). Yay Robin!
  • Redwind Software – Game engines for mobile trivia games
  • Cellplay Networks – Social gaming
  • Jlizard – Cloud-based service for managing log data
  • Plendi – Automating receipt processing
  • Scurri – Helps consumers to discover affordable shipping
  • Calom Technologies-  Video delivery platform based on open web standards
  • Franklyweb – Subscription based clothing product range (URL?)
  • UnitedWeSave – Consumer web service for group buying around household bills becomes

admin 15th of September 2010 by admin logo

It’s been around three years since we launched our website and during that time the most common response to hearing the name was “Aviva Health?” or “Vivas Health?” or some other brand name that rhymes with Reva. We knew we were onto a loser and that we’d have to change the name eventually, but we kept putting it off.

Finally, with traffic growing past the 500,000 per month point we decided we’d have to bite the bullet and after quite a lot of discussion we settled on We figure it’s easy to remember, hard to mistake (the spelling) and it tells people exactly what the website is about – helping you to choose a clinic. Hopefully you agree.

As ever we’re trying to help people find clinics in their local area, like dentists in Dublin, and further afield, like cosmetic surgery clinics in Turkey. Most of our traffic comes from the UK, Ireland and the US, but in the last month alone we’ve had visits from 193 countries or territories according to Google Analytics, another reason why the new, simpler name became so important.

If you’ve any thoughts about the new name or the service in general, or you’ve re-branded yourself recently, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Deadline for Seedcorn Start-Up Competition Approaching Fast

conor 15th of September 2009 by conor

It’s that time of year again where start-ups all over the island are busy tweaking their business plans for the Seedcorn competition. There is still enough time if you start now and you’re missing out on a big opportunity if you don’t. There is €360,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Do you meet the following criteria?

  • In the seed, startup or early stages of business development
  • Incorporated on the island of Ireland
  • Not more than 5 years old at Friday 25 September 2009
  • Have a new equity requirement of at least €100,000 (or sterling equivalent)
  • Have cumulative sales targets of less than or in excess of €5m by year 3,4 or 5

Deadline is 1PM FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2009

Tech Start-Up Evening in Sligo

conor 6th of September 2009 by conor

Sligo is home to many up-and-coming tech startups along with the awesome PollDaddy.

If you are interested in becoming part of that cluster then you should attend the free Information Evening being held at the Business Innovation Centre in IT Sligo. It’s on Monday 21st September 2009 from 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. and will hopefully answer some of the questions you might have about forming a tech startup.

Contact mary.boyle AT enterprise-ireland DOT com or + 353 (0) 71 9159700 if you wish to attend.

Decisions for Heroes wins the IQPrize

conor 11th of July 2009 by conor

We’re a little slow with the news but it’s still worth mentioning and giving some extra background. Robin Blandford of D4H won the €10k IQPrize last Wednesday and Plink won the audience award of €1k for their elevator pitch.

As one of the judges I can honestly say it was both a privilege and a joy to listen to all 8 pitches on Wednesday. Making the final decision was very very difficult due to the quality of all of them.

If you are an investor, I recommend you study each of the 8 very closely. It is our belief that several of them will have massive exits in the next 1-2 years. All of the others will have very successful businesses and I look forward to being a customer.

The most important aspect of the IQPrize which seems to be impossible to get across to those in power was that it was entirely bottom-up with no cherry-picking or high-potential-labelling or expert-selection or jobs-for-the-boys or who-you-know or what-you-have-done-in-the-past.

Anyone could enter. Anyone.

And because of that we saw the depth of the entrepreneurial spirit in Ireland and the eagerness and hunger to build great businesses as the Zombieconomy collapses around us.

The other critical thing we saw was that many of the applicants had amazing ideas or technology but didn’t have the business background needed to make it a huge success. Incubation programmes like Genesis and Hothouse are critical here but perhaps many of those who benefited from the the boom of the past few years might like to give something back? They could offer to do more than mentoring and actually come on board with some of these businesses and help them go global. CEOs and VPs of Sales in particular could help enormously.

In 249 biz plans there were maybe 5 lunatics. I hope at least one of those proves to be a visionary and we just didn’t see it.

If you didn’t make the final 8 this year, tighten up your biz plan and have another go when the next event like this appears. There will be some feedback later in the summer from the judges overall on what worked for us and what didn’t in terms of biz plan. It was interesting that despite our wildly diverse backgrounds, we usually agreed on those points. Hopefully that will help everyone who applied to build a newer better kick-ass plan.

Well done to D4H, well done to Plink and well done everyone who applied.

IQPrize Party Tomorrow Night

conor 7th of July 2009 by conor

The IQPrize pitching and judging will run from 9am-5pm tomorrow. Good luck to all the finalists.

The winner will be announced at a party afterwards which is on from 7pm-9pm in the Source Bar, Level 5, Guinness Storehouse. Each of the finalists will give their elevator pitches before the winner is giving the giant cheque. All attendees can also vote in the People’s Choice award where one of the shortlist can win an extra €1,000.

If you’re interested in coming and seeing who wins the €10k prize please RSVP to

IQPrize Shortlist Details

conor 11th of June 2009 by conor

The Press Release on the IQPrize has just gone out and the important bits are as follows.

  • Decisions For Heroes (Robin Blandford) –A web application that saves lives by helping rescue teams record and analyze their rescue operations and training
  • (Alan Coleman) – A web application to help consumers declutter their lives by offering an online portal for the management and retention of important documentation
  • (David and Matt Sherlock) – 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) – 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) – A web application for freelancers, helping them manage invoicing, project management, sales and support through one simple and cost-effective tool
  • Our Writers’ Bloc (Owen Gallagher and Karl Quinn) – 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) – 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) – 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 Dragon’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 People’s Choice Award of €1000 and the Grand Prize of €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 €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:

More coverage from Villa81:

EI Propel Programme for Border Startups

conor 3rd of April 2009 by conor

The Propel Programme is run by Enterprise Ireland and is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary business skills to establish a successful global business. (Note that URL is not loading for me at the moment)


Propel will run for one year and is open to those currently located, or planning to locate, in one of the six border counties of Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan or Sligo.

They will provide:

  • Financial support of up to €30,000 (was €38k until recent cutbacks)
  • Business start-up training
  • Specialised expertise and mentoring
  • Access to potential investors
  • Access to local and global contacts and networks
  • Hot desk facilities

I assume Propel was modelled on the huge successes of Genesis, Hothouse, M50, EAC etc rather than being created from scratch by consultants. If you are in Munster, applications for Genesis are still being accepted.

Final date for receipt of applications for Propel is 24 April 2009. Email or call (01) 605 9180

IQPrize Launch Today – €10k up for grabs

conor 25th of March 2009 by conor

The site goes live at 2pm today. It’s very simple, send IQContent a 5-page business plan that shows how your will turn your idea into a great online business.

The best submissions will be shortlisted and asked to present their business plans before a panel of independent judges.

The final winner will be announced at the end of June.

This bit is important:

We’re not investors. We’re not venture capitalists. We’re not looking for equity and we don’t want any intellectual property. There’s no catch. There are no strings. Seriously.

All details on What are you waiting for, get your ass over there!