May 19

A particularly successful 24 hours for Synergy mentored Entrepreneurs:

The Bolton Trust was established in 1987 by the staff of DIT to support Entrepreneurs. Since 2003 they have run an annual competition for start-up’s and spin-outs from DIT programmes who are seeking investment to support their growth. In this inaugural year of TU Dublin, start-ups from the New Frontiers Programmes from Blanchardstown and Tallaght campuses were also eligible to compete for the first time. The 2019 Bolton Trust Innovation Award finals were hosted by PWC at Spencer Dock on Wednesday evening (1st May). Prior to this, following a shortlisting and  interview process over several weeks, three finalists were ultimately selected who were then provided with pitch and business planning coaching by PWC staff, leading up to the head to head pitch to an invited audience and judging panel to compete for the cash prize of €10,000. The finalists were Keith Curley of Gladcloud (Hothouse/IADT); Patrick Liddy of UtilityAR (Hothouse/IADT) and Shane O’Sullivan of Glimpse (Synergy). All three businesses have already generated revenues of several tens of thousands of Euros and expect to exceed €1m within 24 months. Each participant delivered an 8 minute pitch followed by 8 minutes of questions from the four member judging panel (Debbie Rennick – Act VC; Professor Mary Lambkin – UCD; Cyril Murphy – Equiendo & Charlie Taylor – Irish Times).

Each participant is a founder of an exciting, innovative, high growth potential start-up and each delivered excellent presentations showcasing their innovation, progress and potential, creating quite a challenge for the judging panel to decide upon a winner. However I am delighted to report that Shane O’Sullivan of Glimpse who participated in the 2018 Synergy New Frontiers Phase 2 Programme was declared winner of the €10k prize. Glimpse provides innovative software for Digital Out of Home Advertising Displays that allows advertisers to recognize the demographics of the passing footfall and serve up targeted advertising as well as measuring engagement (people pausing to view the ad). Naturally it is built with privacy in mind and is fully GDPR compliant.

Meanwhile in South Dublin (also on Wednesday evening), the county Winners of the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office (LEO), IBYE (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur) were announced with John Maguire of Sensation Audio (Synergy New Frontiers 2016) winning the Best Start-up  Business category while Oisin Lennon of Danu Analytics (Synergy New Frontiers 2017) was runner up in the Best Idea category. Last night (Thursday) Niall Smith of BookingHawk (Synergy New Frontiers 2017) won the Best start-up category in the Meath LEO county final. John and Niall will go on to represent South Dublin & Meath respectively in the national finals. Overall, a very successfully 24 hours for our entrepreneur alumni highlighting Tallaght’s strong tradition of coaching & mentoring entrepreneurs.

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