Aperio Wins ESB ‘Pitch Off’ Competition

30 Jun 2017 | 04.05 pm

Aperio Wins ESB ‘Pitch Off’ Competition

Pitch about lie detector for machines wins $25,000

30 Jun 2017 | 04.05 pm

A dozen energy startups rolled up at Trinity College today to compete in the ESB’s ‘Pitch Off’ competition, part of the company’s accelerator programme to promote the next generation of ideas in clean energy, energy efficiency, electric mobility and on-demand customer services.

ESB is a participant in the Free Electrons Accelerator Programme, an initiative spearheaded by eight global utilities and accelerators. The 12 finalists for the Pitch Off contest were selected from 450 applications. Each startup has just  four minutes to pitch their company’s proposition to a panel of experts.

Derek Roddy, chief executive of Climote, the Dundalk home heating control specialist, was the Irish finalist. The winner selected was Aperio, an Israeli software startup led by Michael Shalyt that provides real time tracking of cyber hacking and any possible attempts to artificially manipulate data. The Aperio  software is aimed ​at reducing damage to infrastructures such as power grids. (See video below at 2.06:30)

ESB director of innovation Paul Mulvaney said: “This accelerator programme and ESB Pitch Off event is a great platform for global utilities like ESB to support innovative startups to help them refine and develop their products for the marketplace. All of our business lines are working with all the finalists to identify market opportunities and further develop their products. For instance, HST Solar, the US-based solar design and engineering platform company, will be working with ESB and Bord na Móna on our recently announced joint solar power project in the Midlands.

“It is inspiring to see so much activity in the energy startup space. Ireland had one of the highest number of applicants for the programme, reflecting the level of innovation and creativity that is happening within our own energy market. It is an exciting time for the industry and ESB is delighted to be in a position to support such start-ups through this programme.”

Top Photo: Aperio CEO Michael Shalyt (left) and James Abrams, CEO of EthosGen. (Pix: Andres Poveda)

 

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