New Frontiers Course Starts In Limerick

26 Sep 2016 | 05.00 pm

New Frontiers Course Starts In Limerick

Twelve startups on EI programme

26 Sep 2016 | 05.00 pm

A dozen entrepreneurs joining the New Frontiers programme at Limerick Institute of Technology today were told that they are joining the home of enterprise in the mid-west.

The New Frontiers programme is promoted by Enterprise Ireland and LIT will be running it for the next five years in the region. Companies on New Frontiers in 2015-16 raised over €5 million and have helped create almost 200 jobs.

New Frontiers is a three phase programme designed to help early-stage high potential startups, and the 2016 cohort of 12 participants at LIT were chosen via a competitive process from over 70 applications.

They will have access to industry experts, consultants, focused training and mentoring and will receive a €15,000 stipend. The group of 12 in this year’s intake includes:

  1. BJ Broderick and Trin O’Brien, co-founders of WellNicePops, a combination of engineer and nutritionist who are trying to revolutionise the ice pop sector with their vegetable pops.
  2. CDK Technologies led by co-founders Christopher Ryan and Kelly O’Brien, who have developed an innovative AI system that measures the vibration of footsteps to solve a major security problem
  3. Dylan Commons, co-founder of Arrow Nav, innovating in the area of Internet of Things
  4. Mark Corchrane, who has started an innovative facilities management software company, TrackPlan Software
  5. John Bond, who has an innovative alcohol measurement product for the drinks sector
  6. Leonie Lynch, founder of ‘For Me’ which addresses key issues faced by new mothers
  7. Mark Boda, founder of Solofy, who was shortlisted for the James Dyson Award has designed some very innovative energy efficiency products with commercial potential
  8. Claire Bannon, founder of VIBE, who has developed visual project and task management tools
  9. Kirsty O’Kelly, who is developing a global seafood company
  10. Edmond Burke, innovating in the house rental sector with his company GrabHome
  11. Shane Ryan, competing in the healthy fast food sector
  12. Alan Dormer, who has founded an IoT-led venture called Black Bear working with beacon technology.

 

Photo: New Frontiers is also organised at the CIT Rubicon Centre in Cork. Pictured are participants Grace Tooher (left), Tom Cotter, Wendy Oke (right) and Paul Galvin. (Pic: Darragh Kane)

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