Ireland boasts a rich community of start-ups that are succeeding on the global stage. Here are 20 tipped to scale-up magnificently in 2020.
Both our software, Ambilytics, and our hardware have an incredibly wide range of applications. Here @enitweets and EPG worked with @RibbleEnviro to connect a Vapour Pin to a GasfluX, and using Ambilytics they had not only had access to their data but also analytics on demand. pic.twitter.com/hsPhOGbEJM
— Ambisense Ltd (@ambisense_ltd) November 1, 2019
Dublin-based Ambisense has developed a system of intelligence that automates, analyses and accelerates environmental risk assessment. This translates into devices like low-cost instruments to monitor quality levels of gas and air. Founded in 2014 by Fiachra Collins and Stephen McNulty, the company earlier this year raised €1.1m in a funding round led by Atlantic Bridge.
Founded by Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy (above), the ApisProtect technology functions as a kind of early warning system so beekeepers can give at-risk hives immediate attention and improve bee health. The technology also gives beekeepers actionable insights and alerts to help prevent losses and increase colony productivity. The company last year announced 25 new jobs after raising an investment round led by international venture capital investors Finistere Ventures and Atlantic Bridge Capital along with Radicle Growth, the Yield Lab and Enterprise Ireland.
Bluedrop Medical is developing a potentially life-changing product for people suffering from diabetes. In Ireland, more than 540 amputations are carried out every year on patients suffering with diabetes as a result of foot ulcers caused by nerve damage. Bluedrop Medical’s AI-powered temperature monitoring device will enable clinics to monitor their high-risk patients. Bluedrop’s co-founders Chris Murphy and Simon Kiersey believe the device could save the Irish health system €40m per annum on treatments associated with diabetic foot ulcers.
Cloudsmith’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers an advanced logistics platform for software developers, operators and vendors, who need to secure, manage and accelerate their product development and distribution. It distributes millions of artifacts on behalf of its global customer base. The company, founded in Belfast by Alan Carson, Lee Skillen and Peter Lorimer recently raised £2.1m in one of the largest seed funding rounds generated by a Northern Ireland start-up. The round was led by Frontline Ventures and co-investors MMC Ventures, and locally by Techstart Ventures through its Invest NI fund, Techstart.
Coroflo plans to launch its ground-breaking breastfeeding device in late 2020. Coroflow recently raised €1m in funding as well as a €2.2m accelerator grant from the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme, bringing total investment in Coroflow to €4m. Coroflo was founded in 2016 by Rosanne Longmore, Helen Barry and James Travers.
One month to go to the launch of Patholytix AI at the Digital Pathology & AI Congress! Visit us at Booth 7 to see how we plan to enable our pathologist community with a high performing, easy to use AI solution. #pathology #digitalpathology pic.twitter.com/drfxy65nrJ
— Deciphex (@Deciphex) November 7, 2019
Dublin-based Deciphex uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the delivery of pathology services, has raised €2.3 million in a new funding round. The company, founded in 2017 by Donal O’Shea, Mairin Rafferty and Mark Gregson, plans to revolutionise pathology through automation of visual examination of tissue. The company recently raised €2.3m in a funding round led by Irish investors Irrus Investments and ACT Venture Capital along with US-based Nextsteps Ventures, Inovata Personalised Health Accelerator and GI Partners.
Delighted to be taking home the #ccmalive award for best tactical project for the EdgeTier Arthur product deployment in @CarTrawler this year! Fantastic results rewarded with a fantastic prize! #ccma #ArtificialIntelligence @CCMA_Ireland pic.twitter.com/wbmwWaqdje
— EdgeTier (@TeamEdgetier) November 16, 2019
Dublin start-up EdgeTier delivers high-quality analytics products and services to clients in the areas of customer service, customer simulation, and analytics services. Founded in 2015 by Bart Lehane, Ciaran Tobin and Shane Lynn, the company recently raised €1.5m in a funding round led by Episode 1, ACT Venture Capital and Enterprise Ireland. The company recently won Enterprise Ireland’s Digital Disruptor award.
Founded by 19-year-old entrepreneur Shane Curran (above), Evervault is creating a data privacy toolkit that developers can “bake in” into new products. The company recently raised $3.2m in seed funding led by venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital along with Kleiner Perkins, Frontline, and SV angel along with some unnamed tech innovators and investors.
An amazing opportunity to contribute and participate at the BPFI and FPAI's Sustainable Finance and #FinTech Event in Dublin. We will be making some very exciting announcements around #ESG #Compliance space over the coming weeks so stay tuned! #sustainablity @GrantThorntonIE pic.twitter.com/ozXrjvavqr
— GECKO Governance (@GECKOgovernance) November 7, 2019
Regtech player Gecko Governance has created software for the financial services sector based on blockchain that allows fund managers to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. Founded in 2015 by Shane Brett, the company has raised $2.4m to date, including $1.4m in a recent follow-on investment by Irish-US venture capital firm Cosimo.
Bobby Healy (pictured), one of the brilliant minds behind the success of CarTrawler, is back with Manna.Aero, a fascinating new venture focused on using drones to deliver goods, starting with food. If he is successful Healy could be the author of a breakthrough in transport platform that could make much of the road transport of goods by road a thing of the past. Manna has already attracted backing from venture capital firms Elkstone Capital and Frontline Ventures.
Meet our CEO @ciarandelaney at @PhocuswrighT Conference on November 19-21, 2019 at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida#Phocuswright #Meetingsbooker #Venue #Meetings #SmallMeetings #Revenue #Savings #keynotespeaker#networking #conference #aeprofs #event #eventdata #tradeshows pic.twitter.com/GH2yQ31hch
— MeetingsBooker.com (@MeetingsBooker) September 4, 2019
MeetingsBooker.com lets organisations easily book from 137,000 meeting rooms in 134 countries. The company is expecting the number of reservations it processes to triple to more than 30m by 2020. Founded by Ciaran Delaney, the Dun Laoghaire-based company boasts clients that include Dyson, Sky, Slack and Amazon.
Founded by IT Tralee graduate Gearoid Kearney (pictured), myAccessHub helps businesses and employees learn to be more inclusive of colleagues with autism and other neurodiversities. The company’s technology uses e-learning and virtual reality to immerse employees in scenarios that educate them in how small things within their workplace can have a huge impact on employees who have autism and other neurodiversities.
Pure Wellbeing is a new start-up founded by Conor Dolan and Alison Flynn (above) that aims to help SME employers to boost productivity and engagement in their workforce by improving employees’ overall wellbeing. The Pure Wellbeing Health Programme assesses, monitors and targets 12 health risks, including lifestyle risks such as alcohol and physical inactivity, perceptual risks such as stress and low, life satisfaction, and biometric risks such as high cholesterol and high BMI.
Shopping via Instagram – what is the growth potential for the average retailer from the introduction of Instagram checkout? https://t.co/kIYf1cFuKT#scurri #connectingcommmerce #ecommerce #socialcommerce #MCommerce
— Scurri (@scurri) November 18, 2019
Wexford-based Scurri has created a simple, effective and adaptable API (application programmable interface) and dashboard built to help e-commerce merchants to optimise their ordering, shipping and delivery. Founded by Josephine O’Connor, Rory O’Connor and Eugene Crehan, the company has raised €7m in funding to date.
Unlike the speech recognition technology found in mainstream voice assistants, SoapBox Labs’ speech recognition technology was built specifically for kids and their early literacy needs. Founded by Dr Patricia Scanlon in 2013, the company has raised $5.5m to date and was recently chosen for a $30m educational programme at the University of Florida backed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to boost literacy among children.
Thanks @ParksAssociates for the invitation for @johnmag to speak today @CONNECTIONS_EU. Lively debate about how to ensure customers have a great experience with their connected homes from day 1 to long term support of their connected products and services. #CONNEU19 https://t.co/VkyUncgwf5
— Sweepr Technologies (@sweepr_tech) November 20, 2019
Founded by accomplished tech entrepreneur Alan Coleman, Sweepr specialises in providing simple care for the connected home by reshaping the way technical support is provided to make it intuitive for non-tech homeowners. In October Sweepr raised €8.2m in a funding round led by Draper Espirit and Frontline Ventures to support its expansion into the US and Europe.
Utmost is building solutions for the enterprise and its extended workforce – from temporary workers to consultants, vendors, freelancers, contractors and more – to seamlessly and efficiently work together. Co-founded by Iona and Cape Clear co-founder Annrai O’Toole – Utmost recently raised €11.2m in a Series A round led by Greylock Partners.
— Tom Emrich (@tomemrich) April 1, 2019
Irish game development studio WarDucks is on a mission to build immersive games and has built six best-selling games so far including Sneaky Bears, RollerCoaster Legends and My Smooshy Mushy. Founded in 2013 by Nikki Lannen, WarDucks recently raised €3.3m in funding in a round led by EQT Ventures. The funding will drive the development of WarDucks’ new location-based augmented reality (AR) game.
Dublin and Limerick-based Webio provides conversational middleware for very large companies in retail, financial services, and utilities. Founded by Paul Sweeney, Graham Brierton, Mark Oppermann and Cormac O’Neill Webio raised €1.75m in a seed round to build a platform to pursue this vision and now employ ten people spread between Dublin, Cork, Belfast and the UK.
Cork-based Workvivo has designed an internal communications platform based on the way people are familiar with interacting outside of the workplace, and brought that into a business context. Co-founded by John Goulding and Joe Lennon in 2017, Workvivo recently raised €500,000 in a funding round led by Zoom founder Eric Yuan.
Written by John Kennedy (email@example.com)
Published: 20 November , 2019