The LINC are delighted to announce the shortlist for our annual business competition ‘JumpStart 2014’. Five Dublin businesses were shortlisted from an incredible array of entries from Irish Entrepreneurs. The level of entries has grown again this year, seeing an over 70% increase in entries on last year making it the most competitive year to date. The quality of entries has also grown with the range of originality, enterprise with global potential making it another tough competition this year.
The five companies shortlisted for JumpStart 2014 are Improper Butter, The Hub Controller, Treasury Delta, Orla Reynolds Design and http://www.glue.ie. The value of the JumpStart 2014 prize is €25,000 sponsored by the LINC, AIB and Local Enterprise Office Fingal. The prize now includes €10,000 cash investment for the winning company plus the cost of the incubation space for twelve months, the varied and fantastic mentoring support available to the company from industry experts and a range of useful business start up packages.
The JumpStart 2014 shortlist will be judged on Friday 21st November when the shortlisted entrants will get the unique opportunity to present their ideas to the Ireland’s best known and liked entrepreneurs, Bobby Kerr; Cully and Sully’s Cullen Allen, John Farragher, AIB Regional Business Banking Manger, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Local Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Declan Lyons, Technology Infrastructure Programme Manager, Enterprise Ireland. From the final shortlisted entrants only one will come out the winner of JumpStart 2014. Finalists include:
Improper Butter is a range of ‘Udderly Delicious’, premium brand Irish flavoured butters that inspire creativity at mealtimes. Improper butter combines grass-fed Irish creamery butter with fresh herbs and ingredients. Improper Butter is for sizzling, slathering, spreading and stirring over meat, fish, potatoes, pasta and bread. Improper Butter makes dinnertime so simple. From Clonskeagh, Improper Butter was founded by our youngest entrepreneur to date, Elaine Lavery (24) graduated from UCD in 2012 and set up Improper Butter in 2013.
The Hub Controller
The HUB Controller is the world’s first Utility Bill Controller. It will fit into 100% of homes in less time than it takes to change a plug. It empowers the smart home to control its own heating costs by combining a thermostat with an energy display system connected to cloud technology this allows everyone control of their bills with little or no effort. Originally from Tallaght, founder Oliver Hynes is graduate of IT Tallaght and is currently on Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers Programme in IT Tallaght
Based in The Digital Hub, Treasury Delta is developing an innovative online solution to help companies engage with their banks on their core banking activities. Their platform will allow companies to easily communicate their banking requirements to those banks operating in their marketplace in a highly secure and confidential manner. The founder, Padraig Brosnan, has over 12 years experience in the banking and corporate treasury industry. Brosnan has seven years experience with Bank of Ireland as a Corporate Treasury Dealer and five years experience with ESB as a Senior Treasury Executive. Treasury Delta is currently on the Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers Programme in IT Tallaght.
Originally from Killester, Orla Reynolds designs simple, clever and functional products. Her vision is captured from a love of dance and the magic of theatre imagining the home as a stage. ‘As if from nowhere …’ is an independently functioning bookcase which houses four dining chairs and a dining table. Removing a chair from the bookcase is as simple as taking a book from the shelf. It is designed for urban apartment dwellers where space is at a premium. Reynolds is graduate of Grafton Academy of Fashion Design, BA in Design (Interior & Furniture) DIT. Currently on Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Programme at ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown).
Based in Artane, Glue helps new businesses get their brand, name or product into the public eye by creating compelling video content including visual effects, 3D animation and motion graphics. CEO Raymond Mongey has worked as a freelance 3D and visual effects artist for over 15 years and has worked on projects for Irish National Lottery, BBC, Sky One and RTE.
The winner of the JumpStart 2014 Award will be announced the evening of the final judging on Friday 21st November 2014.
JumpStart 2014 is proudly supported by The LINC, AIB, and Local Enterprise Office Fingal.