Success for Mayos Truckscience in Final of Google Adopt a Startup Spring Programme 2016

15/07/2016

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Westport company, Truckscience placed second this week at the final of Google Ireland’s Adopt a Startup 2016 Spring Programme following a dragon’s den style final held in the Foundry at Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin, where they received €5,000 in Adwords credit. Truckscience develops software for the truck industry including an Axle Weight Calculator for truck body builders and a sales tool for truck dealers.

Each of the eight finalists had to present a seven minute pitch on their business strategies and the results of taking part in the Adopt a Start Up programme, to a panel of judges which included Patrick Walsh Dogpatch Labs and David Grunwald, EMEA head of Global Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs.  The winners, Donegal company Arklu received €10,000 in Adwords credit, and will become eligible for the Google Cloud Platform for Startup program which comes with $20,000 Google Cloud credits, while Dublin company Beutifi.com placed 3rd and accepted a cheque for €3,000 in Adwords credit.

Speaking at the final, Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programme said, “Now in its fourth year our Adopt a Startup programme is unique to Ireland and it allows us to support the local startup community in a significant way. Over 150 Startups applied for one of the 30 places on offer on the Spring programme and over 90 Googlers from across all functions at Google Ireland shared their expertise with them to develop a holistic business strategy to scale their business and enjoy further success.”

Dogpatch Labs, Ireland’s leading tech and co-working community, awarded a special prize of  Hot Desk membership for 6 months to Newslinn. This prize, worth €6,000, was open to all 30 participants and asked contenders to submit an application explaining why they would benefit the most from the prize. Award winner, Newslinn is an open and free platform that provides new ways for people to communicate easily and safely with journalists all over the World.   

“Hot Desk Membership is a way for Startups to access the entire tech and Startup ecosystem at Dogpatch Labs, while working out of the flexible desk space in the heart of Silicon Docks,” said Patrick Walsh, Managing Director of DogPatch Labs. “In addition Members have access to the Dogpatch Labs community including a thriving mix of Irish Startups, international companies and investors, which gives them the connections to continue to grow their Startup. This prize will help Newslinn to continue the accelerated growth they have achieved by completing the “Adopt a Startup” programme.”

30 leading Startups were selected to participate in the 90 day programme of mentoring sessions with a dedicated Google Ireland support team assigned to each Startup to work on their business growth strategies. These 30 Startups were then shortlisted to eight finalists who were given the opportunity to pitch their developed strategies to a panel of judges which included: Joe Healy, High Potential Startup Unit, Enterprise Ireland; Patrick Walsh, Managing Director, DogPatch Labs; Paddy Flynn, Director and Head of Google Ireland’s Startup programmes, Liz Cunningham, Director, Google and David Grunwald, Global Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs.

Winner of the Adopt a Startup Autumn 2015 programme Ciara Clancy, CEO Beats Medical said,  "The Google Adopt a Startup program was really valuable for our business in so many ways it enabled us to impact more people with Parkinson's worldwide and helped us scale our impact globally"

 

The 8 Finalists:

Startup

Website

County

Description

Arklu

lottie.com

Donegal

Makers of Lottie and Finn dolls which are based on characters who are 9 years of age these dolls are created to be positive role models for children, stimulate their imaginations, inspire learning and fun through play

BEUTiFi.com

beutifi.com

Dublin

A  marketplace for hair and beauty salons, freelance professionals and clients to meet, and to make booking hair & beauty appointments online through BEUTiFi.com

Little Vista

littlevista.ie

Dublin

Provider of software, Little Vista, which parents can access free at any time of the day on smartphone, tablet or PC to monitor childs activities at creche

The Cool Bean Company

www.coolbeans.ie

Dublin

Provider of low fat high protein bean based meals in a pot.

Newslinn

newslinn.com

Dublin

An open and free platform that provides new ways for people to communicate easily and safely with journalists all over the World.

NuWave

nuwavesensors.com

Limerick

Provider of wireless air quality sensors

OxyMem

oxymem.com

Offaly

Provider of wastewater treatment technology

TruckScience Ltd

truckscience.com

Mayo

Software provider for people who sell, build and use trucks.



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