NDRC is continuing its new investment approach, initiated in 2019. Ventures in the latest cohort will see up to €130,000, of which €100,000 is cash, invested into each business.

The NDRC (National Digital Research Centre) today (26 March) welcomed six new digital start-ups to its portfolio, bringing its portfolio of companies to well in excess of 300.

“The Covid-19 pandemic means we have had to tailor our approach for this programme, with operations continuing remotely for our team and these start-ups,” said NDRC CEO Ben Hurley.

“Given what is going on in the world right now, there has perhaps never been quite such a challenging time to develop a nascent business, and yet it is also clear that digital technology has a major role to play in future solutions for the benefit of society and the economy. Focus is key, now. NDRC will be working alongside each of these companies to help them navigate their way to growth.”

The six new companies are:

AIP

AIP is an early-stage company offering a plug-in for developers to automate website maintenance. According to the company’s website, “Developers, AIP is the tonic for your peace of mind; no more crashes and no more angry customers.”

Animis Labs    

Animis Labs has developed a tool to ensure collaboration across internal teams to augment the customer purchasing experience and sales outcomes. The company bring cross-functional expertise together to inspire customers, elevate ambition and drive demand for high quality products and services.

Champion’s Mind      

Champion’s Mind is a mental skills and wellbeing platform targeting high-performance amateur athletes. The product provides audio guidance for athletes, based on their selected sport, which has been developed using the approach of Dr Jim Afremow, who previously worked as the peak performance coordinator with the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Lintil  

Lintil was founded by Emmet and his long-time friend Jonathan in early 2018 and provides a solution that enables home buyers to reduce the long and complex property buying process, while simultaneously allowing property search/listing websites add a revenue stream from property buyers by acting as the home buyer’s advocate.

Site Passport

Site Passport is a procurement, compliance, and supplier management solution, connecting multiple players in the construction industry supply chain. The company was started by Rob Fox in 2017, as he became convinced there was a better way to manage construction procurement and compliance.

Skueeze

Skueeze is a management information tool, developed as a direct response to the founder’s experiences in launching a medium scale, fast/casual restaurant chain. A mobile-first solution, designed with the day-to-day running of an SME food and beverage business in mind, Skueeze supports management in controlling their inventory, purchasing, and profitability.

Written by Stephen Larkin

Published: 26 March, 2020

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