Which five Irish startups are off to New York?
On Friday we attended #NYUDubAccelerate, a competition created in collaboration with the Office of the Dublin Commissioner for Startups and the Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator, New York. With five spots on the accelerator up for grabs, 36 different Dublin tech startups applied, with 12 making it to the shortlist for the event, held at Mason Hayes and Curran on Barrow Street.
Over three hours (hard going on a Friday afternoon!) they pitched in front of a panel of VCs that included ERA’s Jonathan Axelrod, Conor Stanley of Tribal VC, John Flynn of ACT Venture Capital, Gil Dibner of DFJ Espirit and our very own Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups. Then, while the judges retired to decide the winners, founder, investor and Dublin startup champion Eamon Leonard spoke about scaling and company culture.
Finally, the winners were announced:
Bizimply, employee schedule and attendance software which is (they say) “doing to boring clock-in software what Nest have done to thermostats”
Indigo, a transfer distribution network focused on airport-to-city transfers
LegalShine, legal analytics software which cuts down on additional costs for clients
LogoGrab, which injects AR into everyday branding and can identify a brand from a picture of its logo
and Love and Robots, the personalised 3D printing and design startup which won the Spark of Genius award at last year’s Web Summit
The accelerator will run from April to June – congrats to the winners, and well done to everyone involved. Let’s do it again sometime…