LogoGrab wins Google’s backing

LogoGrab wins a Google ‘Adopt a Startup’ award with its brand recognition technology.

LogoGrab’s technology can identify brands in images and video. The LogoGrab brand detection API works in many verticals including social media monitoring, retail intelligence, brand compliance and counterfeit detection.

The company, founded by Luca Boschi and Alessandro Prest, already has customers including Brandwatch, Heineken, Nestlé, eBay and McDonald’s.

“In our business we deal with billions of images. On the marketing side of the business we have generated a pipeline of 1.2 million just from the changes implemented during our time on the Adopt a Startup programme alone, so we are very happy with the results and to have been named the overall winners,” says Boschin. 

Pictured above are Wes Roddy, LogoGrab; Collette Doyle, LogoGrab; Paddy Flynn, Google Ireland; and Luca Boschin, LogoGrab.

The eight finalists of the competition had to present a seven-minute pitch on their business strategies. The winners received €10,000 in Adwords credit and will become eligible for the Google Cloud Platform for Startup program which comes with $20,000 Google Cloud credits.

“Over 150 Startups applied for one of the 30 places on offer. Eight made the final.”

“LogoGrab was selected by the judges because the progress they made over the 12-week mentorship programme was amazing. Every metric applied to measure their success was exceeded, and their presentation to the judges explained in a very clear and tangible way how the company will continue to scale and grow,” says David Grunwald, head of global partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs, Google.  

The eight finalists pitched their developed strategies to a panel of judges that included:

  •         Joe Healy, the high potential startup unit, Enterprise Ireland
  •         Cera Ward, country director, large customer sales, UK & Ireland, Google
  •         Patrick Walsh, managing director, DogPatch Labs
  •         Colin Goulding, director, global customer experience, Google
  •         David Grunwald, head of global partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs, Google.  

The eight finalists

Startup Website Location Description
LogoGrab www.logograb.com Dublin 2 Technology that identifies brands images in videos and pictures around the web and on social media. It then provides insights and monitors brand engagement online.  


Connect The Dots


Tara Buildings,

Dublin 2

Event design company. Insights are crowd sourced from potential event attendees to help design a bespoke event for key target audiences and attendees.
AmbiSense www.ambisense.net

DCU Innovation Campus, Glasnevin,

Dublin 9

Designs and manufactures autonomous gas and air monitoring instruments which provide a continuous flow of data that is accessible to customers on any device.




DCU Alpha,


Dublin 11

A food waste box that masks smell due to the breathable fibre from which the boxes are made and diverts 2kg of food waste from going to landfills.
Engager www.engager.ie Dublin 7 A detailed metrics dashboard that allows broadcasters to view real time data around the subscribers and viewers of TV programme broadcasts.



www.campsited.com Dublin Provides a catalogue of campsites around Europe that allows you to easily plan and book your camping trip.


Reflex Gaming

www.reflexgaming.io   Dublin A platform where gamers can compete against each other for in-game items and prizes.  


Dublin Design Studio

www.getscriba.com Docklands Innovation Park, Dublin 3 Scriba is an award winning new digital stylus designed by Dublin Design Studio that is the first to feature Squeeze-Motion.  

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