NDRC: Dublin Open Night

NDRC will host an Open Evening on 14 January, in the lead up to the application deadline for startups to join our next investment programme. On the evening, a selection of entrepreneurs and investors will explain the NDRC way, and talk attendees through the application process and what it is we look for in startups.

Those speaking on the night include:

Wendy Slattery, co-founder of The Beauty Buddy

The Beauty Buddy provides and gathers data through a TripAdvisor-like app designed for beauty consumers. The data sourced directly from user activity is extremely valuable to both brands and industry partners.

"The thing nobody tells you is that if you have global ambitions then you have to spend at least 60% of your time on fundraising. I don’t know how much time I’ve spent meeting people for coffee,” said Wendy.

Aileen Carville, founder of Skmmp

Skmmp is a producer of a virtual showroom and enterprise platform for the fashion business.

Carville has more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury fashion industry. “I was the head of international wholesale at John Rocha for 12 years and have directed brand wholesale distribution for dozens of established and emerging international fashion brands during London and Paris Fashion Weeks.”

Brendan Rice, co-founder of Senoptica

Senoptica is a company that has developed packaging sensor technology that aims to improve food safety and reduce waste. It's a spin-out from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Chemistry and the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER). The business was co-founded by Rice, who has extensive experience in the food industry and a background in the commercial disciplines of innovation, marketing and sales. Over the course of his career, Rice has grown portfolios worth more than £500m and led large cross-functional teams to deliver new innovations. He leads Senoptica along with co-founders Dr Steve Comby and Dr Rachel Evans.