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:
- 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.
- 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
- Dylan Commons, co-founder of Arrow Nav, innovating in the area of Internet of Things
- Mark Corchrane, who has started an innovative facilities management software company, TrackPlan Software
- John Bond, who has an innovative alcohol measurement product for the drinks sector
- Leonie Lynch, founder of ‘For Me’ which addresses key issues faced by new mothers
- Mark Boda, founder of Solofy, who was shortlisted for the James Dyson Award has designed some very innovative energy efficiency products with commercial potential
- Claire Bannon, founder of VIBE, who has developed visual project and task management tools
- Kirsty O’Kelly, who is developing a global seafood company
- Edmond Burke, innovating in the house rental sector with his company GrabHome
- Shane Ryan, competing in the healthy fast food sector
- 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)