Our Startups' Solutions to Covid-19

Covid-19 is wreaking havoc worldwide, ending lives and bringing many businesses to a standstill, however there are a number of NDRC portfolio companies responding to the crisis.


With 500+ partner charities, FoodCloud’s operation is facing an acute strain at the moment. However the company is working at maintaining its 160,000 meal deliveries a week. They are doing this through establishing new strategic partnerships with community organisations.

‘We are working closely with the food industry and our network of community organisations to ensure the infrastructure is in place to deliver the food directly to the households that need it.’

Feed The Heroes

Cian O’Flaherty, CEO of Safecility - which came through The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition in 2018 - is behind the Feed The Heroes movement. NDRC's Helen Fullen chair's the advisory group for Feed The Heroes.

PMD Solutions

PMD Solutions has developed a respiratory monitoring sensor aimed at delivering consistent and reliable results. The company’s solution, currently in trials throughout Ireland, improves patient safety by effectively enabling the detection of respiratory compromise.


The situation in relation to COVID-19 is dynamic and evolving. Hospitals are using MEG’s eGuides mobile app to quickly share their most up-to-date, relevant COVID-19 content across teams, departments, or entire hospitals. Staff have access to the right information when they need it most - at the point of care.

Inspire Project - Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

Inspire Project – RPE was established to source RPE units from Pharma/Biotech/MedTech companies across Ireland. RPE is used where drugs/biologics are developed/used. NDRC's Angela Duffy is joined by a number of medical experts to help secure items to bolster Ireland's response to Covid-19.

The organisation's corporate ask is to contact Angela if you identify RPE at site:

•3M Tornado™ Particulate-Only Powered Air Respirator
•Scott Safety powered air purifying respirators (PAPR)
•3M™ Versaflo™ Powered and Supplied Air Respirator Systems


As Covid-19 upends the world, communicators and journalists have a crucial role in the response. NewsWhip has launched various initiatives aimed at making its data accessible to those who need it.

Open Source Ventillator

Wia founder Conall Laverty is part of the team behind Open Source Ventillator, which aims to tackle some of the more widely reported issues surrounding health systems and the Covid-19 crisis.

SilverCloud Health

SilverCloud Health provides accessible, scalable, digital behavioral healthcare. SilverCloud enables healthcare organizations to deliver clinically proven, evidenced-based digital content, programs, and support within the area of mental health and long term/chronic illness care and general wellbeing.

Think Biosolution

Think Biosolution has launched a remote Covid-19 monitoring platform to help doctors and patients better engage with each other during quarantine.


Empeal provides a health risk management tool focussed on chronic disease prevention and management.

Covid Response Team

The Covid Response Team is a not-for-profit group of engineers, medical doctors, researchers and others dedicated to saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. The group's main goal is to provide emergency ventilators to meet the huge demand for supportive breathing equipment as a result of the spread of the disease. One of the people behind it is Aaron Hannon of Lily Devices, which came through The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition at NDRC.