Lucan start up company hoping to win big in business competition

by Padraig Conlon
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TrustVet Ltd, a new start business from Lucan, is in with a chance of winning a share of €280,000 as this year’s InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition regional finalists are announced.  

Twenty-four companies in total from across the island of Ireland will compete across four regional heats which start in early November.

Established by Liam Moriarty in 2016, TrustVet Ltd provides software to allow veterinary surgeons create, promote and manage their own pet healthcare plans.

TrustVet Ltd will compete against five other companies at the Connacht & Leinster Regional Final on 6th November in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.

Each business will deliver an investment pitch in front of an expert judging panel comprising of venture capitalists, business angels and some of the island’s leading business leaders.

Speaking about the regional finalists, Shane O’Hanlon, Funding for Growth Manager at InterTradeIreland said;

“I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to all those who have reached this crucial stage.

“The regional finalists have been successfully chosen based on their submission of their business plan and visual representation of their business idea.

“The standard of entries from Connacht and Leinster was very high and we look forward to seeing how the competition progresses.”

As well as a substantial cash prize fund, participants benefit from promotional, business planning workshops and mentorship support throughout the competition. 

The regional finalists will receive an intensive one-day investment pitch masterclass facilitated by InterTradeIreland, to help polish their presentation skills. 

The regional winners will then be invited to pitch to a panel of judges at the all-island final, taking place in Dublin on 28 November 2019 with the overall winner and category winner announced that evening at an awards ceremony at Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.

To date, InterTradeIreland has supported over 2,300 enterprising companies through the Seedcorn process.

With €238 million in new equity being raised by the companies which have reached the regional finals stage of the Seedcorn competition over the past 17 years, the competition has a strong track record of supporting early business start-ups to become investor ready.

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