Six super startups begin latest NDRC at ArcLabs accelerator

Based at ArcLabs in Waterford, the new startups come from sectors including education, leisure and big data. NDRC investing €75,000 into each business, supporting their progression towards the next stage of investment. This is the second NDRC at ArcLabs programme, following similar activities in Dublin and Galway already in 2019.

NDRC at ArcLabs has welcomed six new, innovative startups to its South East accelerator, the second of three programmes planned for the region.

This year’s cohort of companies includes businesses developing information software for the leisure boat industry, safety data for care in the home, language supports and water management solutions.

NDRC sources and builds digital startups to invest in and work with, providing them with an integrated offering of knowledge, experience, expertise and a modest amount of capital to enable them to become investor-ready faster, more successfully and more efficiently than otherwise.

Since 2017, NDRC has been bringing this model to the South East and West of Ireland, thanks to partners such as Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Galway City Innovation District and Enterprise Ireland.

This accelerator programme is part of Enterprise Ireland’s overall strategy to increase the number and quality of startups that have the potential to employ more than 10 persons and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years.

Based in ArcLabs in WIT, this initiative aims to drive the growth of digital startups nationally. Previous companies to have come through NDRC at ArcLabs include Property Bridges, a business allowing anybody to invest in property developments throughout Ireland through a crowd-fund platform.

The investors and supporters of NDRC at ArcLabs, in addition to Enterprise Ireland, include Sure Valley Ventures, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, Bord Gáis Energy in partnership with Centrica Innovations, South East BIC, and Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Centres.

NDRC currently runs programmes in Dublin, Galway and Waterford, as well as providing support for similar activities in Oman.

Gary Leyden, Commercial Director, NDRC: “It's great to welcome these six businesses into our NDRC at ArcLabs investment programme. This is the second time we've operated an accelerator in the South East and, with support from our partners Waterford Institute of Technology and Enterprise Ireland, we expect this programme to push on from all we have achieved in the region already.

“The success of our acceleration activities is exemplified by what our portfolio achieves. Last year, exciting businesses such as LiveCosts and Property Bridges secured pre-seed investment and benefitted from NDRC at ArcLabs, with the former securing the offer of further investment and the latter excelling in delivering several major development projects across Ireland already.

“For this cohort, the hard work is only beginning. These entrepreneurs are heading into a crucial time of business development, customer discovery and ultimately scale. What comes out of it, in three months' time and beyond, is what we are all excited by.”

Aisling O'Neill, Manager, ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre: "Here in ArcLabs, we are just thrilled to welcome the new cohort of six of the most interesting digital technology start-up teams around.

"Hosting the NDRC under this Enterprise Ireland regional accelerator initiative adds additional depth to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of ArcLabs which is so committed to the development of innovative enterprises in South East Ireland. Check out our website www.arclabs.ie to learn more about what we do."

Martin Corkery, Regional Director, South & South East Regions, Enterprise Ireland said: “Supporting innovation and regionally based businesses to start, scale and expand their reach in new, global markets is a key objective of Enterprise Ireland’s work. That is why we offer such a broad range of supports for companies across a variety of sectors and stages of development. Our partnership programme with NDRC at ArcLabs is an essential element of our campaign to promote entrepreneurship in the South East region.

“The importance of indigenous business has never been more apparent and during such a period of economic uncertainty in light of Brexit, I very much commend these six companies for stepping up and seizing the opportunity for growth.

“Enterprise Ireland is as always, committed to nurturing and promoting the innovative business ideas that are being developed in regions nationwide, be it through the funding or the advisory schemes we provide. This latest number of startups will have busy weeks and months ahead as they work towards turning their idea into a well operating exporting business with the support of Enterprise Ireland, Arc Labs and NDRC. As the Director for the region, I am especially excited to follow their progress closely.”

The startups comprise:

Smartflow is a water monitoring, conservation and leak detection system which protects the home or business from experiencing damage caused by a plumbing leak. It allows the user to control the flow of water into a premises by their mobile App.

Raceix is bringing connected and informed boating to the marine-leisure space for the first time. The Raceix solution begins with next-generation mapping to provide the best marine data available today. This is then presented to the boat user in a highly intuitive way, using a combination of live video and augmented reality

PacSana records changes in movement patterns in the home, maintaining a real-time connection between older people and those who care for them. It partners with carers providers, health trusts and housing associations in the UK and Ireland.

Stackolator helps companies achieve the savings many initially thought would come from moving their data into the cloud. It allows customers to rapidly configure servers, databases and other services in the Cloud. It also provides the orchestration tooling to allow these services to be started and stopped on demand.

Hippo has created an online platform that enables universities to support the language needs of their English learners to reduce failures, drop outs and financial losses. Universities worldwide face significant financial losses when trying to recruit and retain international students. Hippo will fix this.

Miura Miura provides a comprehensive, technology led regulatory and compliance platform for companies, freeing up key personnel to focus on other tasks within the business.

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About NDRC

NDRC sources and builds young digital companies to invest in. NDRC has a mandate from the State to make these investments, ensuring digital entrepreneurship is at the centre of Ireland’s economic agenda. NDRC has invested in almost 300 startups to date, with the portfolio of companies now having raised more than €250 million in follow-on investment, employing more than 1,000 people both home and abroad.

NDRC’s first regional accelerator under Enterprise Ireland’s Accelerator Development Scheme (2015-2017), NDRC at PorterShed, based in Galway and sourcing throughout the West, was announced in May 2017.

About NDRC at ArcLabs

The investors and supporters of NDRC at ArcLabs, in addition to Enterprise Ireland, include Suir Valley Ventures,Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, South East BIC, and Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Centres.

About the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund

Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund is a €32m Fund that invests in start-up and early stage companies, with a focus on export orientated high potential start-up companies that operate in the technology (including green technology), food and financial services sectors, in addition to supporting patent and patent pending projects within Irish universities. It is managed on behalf of Bank of Ireland and the other partners by Kernel Capital. This fund comprises of investment by Bank of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, The University of Limerick Foundation and Galway University Foundation Limited.

About Sure Valley Ventures

Sure Valley Ventures is an entrepreneur led Venture Capital Fund that invests in early stage software companies. It specialises in investing in Augmented Reality (‘AR’) and Virtual Reality (‘VR’), Financial Technology (‘FinTech’), and the Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Sectors. Sure Valley Ventures works in partnership with Shard Capital, which is London based independent financial services company offering a full range of broking, asset management and corporate capital services.