The best of Irish entrepreneurship was on display at the Embassy of Ireland on Wednesday 2nd December 2015, as an audience of over 130 LIBS members, gathered to hear the pitches of four of Ireland’s most exciting startups critiqued by leading tech investors and industry advisers.
LIBS was delighted to enlist the feedback of Denise McQuaid, managing director of accelerator UP, John Bradford, internet entrepreneur and co-founder of F6S and Tech.eu, and Emer Coleman, who is the chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland and a guru for all things digital, and Rod Banner, an expert in marketing, advertising and technology, who acted as our MC for the night.
Ones to watch…
Emer O’Daly, the CEO for Love and Robots pitched her start-up, which allows customers to customise their jewellery and fashion accessories online, using their website before sending the design as a digital file to a localised 3D printing specialist for printing and dispatch. Their digital skills are evident as their website is clean, colourful, intuitive and mobile friendly, while they leverage the advancements in 3D printing to deliver custom products quickly
Bart Lehane, the CTO and Co-Founder of KillBiller talked us through his innovative start-up which hands uses its analytics technology to benefit both consumers and providers. By opening up their tech to consumers, for free, to allow them to scan the entire market and pick the optimum plan based on how they use their handsets KillBiller collect a huge amount of real data. This is then sanitised to remove any sensitive customer data and can then be used by mobile network operators to design and price new plans.
Ian Nolan, the CEO and Co-Founder of Legalshine delivered a pitch for his start-up, which is aimed at large corporate entities seeking to reduce their annual legal bills. Ian told us that these companies can yield savings in the tens of thousands by using Legalshine’s technology, which scans legal bills for any abnormalities or areas where the fees quoted do not appear to represent value for money.
Liz Fulham, the CEO of SalesOptimize was our final speaker. Liz was pitching her start-up SalesOptimize, which is shortly due to launch. SalesOptimize is a SaaS B2B eCommerce lead generation system, who’s technology scans the internet to find eCommerce merchants, who may not be found on page 1, 2, etc of a search engine result. SalesOptimize scans the entire internet to find up to 30,000 online shops a day. Their analytics then allow companies to target their customers better.
Our host Ambassador Dan Mulhall celebrated the innovation and entrepreneurship demonstrated by these young Irish startups. Dublin Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell, commented that the companies did Dublin proud and encouraged the audience to keep a close eye as they grow their success in the UK