€300,000  for Dublin Final  showcasing Innovative organisations

by Gazette Reporter
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InterTradeIreland is hosting the Dublin final of the Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition on October 24 at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Six start-up companies from the Dublin region will compete for a place in the All-Island final, which will take place in Dublin on  November 9.

The InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition is the largest business competition of its kind on the island of Ireland, Seedcorn has an overall prize fund of €300,000.

The leaders of the six innovative start-up and early-stage companies from across Dublin will present their case to the judges at the final, demonstrating why they believe their business is investor-ready. The regional winners in Dublin will receive a prize of €20,000 along with the opportunity to compete for the overall €100,000 prize at the final.

Competing in the New Start Category are:

  • Brace Social based in The Liberties, is a social rehabilitation app that uses exercise tracking, gamification and community support to improve physical and mental health outcomes for those undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Impact Engineering based in Clonsilla, is an engineering service provider to the life science and manufacturing industries, with a focus on automation engineering.
  • Sersha AI based in Ballinteer is an all-in-one smartphone safety platform that gives families the freedom to navigate the online world.

Competing in the Early Stage Category are: 

  • AL Map IT based in Trinity College, is an AI platform that can detect, geotag and monitor Roadside Infrastructure.
  • Electric Vehicle Ecosystems based on Westmoreland Street, has developed software that empowers fleet managers to switch to electric vehicles by offering data-powered electrification simulation, predictive charging analytics and comprehensive emissions reporting.
  • Tilt Roleplay based in Castletown Forbes Square, has developed innovative digital roleplay training that improves and measures diversity and inclusion (D&I) performance within organisations.

For start-ups and early-stage businesses, the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor-Readiness Competition provides a platform to demonstrate why these companies believe they are ‘investor ready’ and open to a funding injection. As part of the Dublin regional final, companies will pitch their business plan to a panel of industry judges including Sian McLoughlin (Clarendon Fund Managers), Chris Kelly (Tracworx), Barry Lunn (Nouvation) and Anne Dornan (QUBIS). This process will mirror a real-life investment process and each finalist will receive expert feedback on its business plan and pitch; as well as increased exposure to investors.

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