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Final of JumpStart 2012 at The LINC

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11/19/2012 4:12:06 PM

 

Thursday 15th November saw six of Irelands most promising and exciting start -ups enter a real life Dragon’s Den Competition. The six finalists pitched their diverse business ideas and competed for a prize worth over €25,000. After careful consideration and much debate between the judging panel, it was decided that there would not only be a winner but also a runner up, such was the quality of business ideas. The winner and runner up were announced at the Prize-Giving Ceremony later that day.

The LINC would like to congratulate the winner of JumpStart 2012 – EZY Technology Innovations, founded by the brother and sister partnership of Deirdre Cogan and Thomas Carpenter. Deirdre, who is a participant on the New Frontiers Programme, is based in the LINC at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

Commenced in 2010, EZY Technology Innovations is a company set up to research, develop and bring new products to the agricultural machinery market place. The machines are designed around identifying a current problem in a niche area of agriculture and designing a crop optimising machine to minimise the problems currently experienced. The EZY Crop is a 12 tonne non tipping trailer. Its patented discharge system gently empties crops from the trailer to minimise damage. This maximises return compare with the traditional method of tipping a trailer 40ft in the air and allowing the crop to tumble out and get damaged.

 

 

EZY Technology Innovations

 

 

The LINC would also like to express warm congratulations to Andrew Considine, of Willstream Labs Ireland, who was the recipient of the Runner up award. Andrew has developed an innovative alternative to money transfers. It enables migrants around the world to take control of their finances and remittances, connecting them directly to businesses in the emerging markets.

 

 

Also shortlisted for the final were Chillicam, Cypro Software, Jamworld Technologies, and uTRAC. 

The panel of judges included: Bobby Kerr (Entrepreneur), George Kiely (Enterprise Ireland), Judith Troy (AIB), and Oisin Geoghegan (FCEB). The panel was chaired by Assumpta Harvey (Manager, The LINC).

Jump Start 2012 is proudly supported by The LINC, AIB, Fingal County Enterprise Board, Enterprise Ireland, Grafton Media, Snap Blanchardstown, Kendlebell and HP.

 

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