Conall Laverty founded Wia after working as a consultant for a creative technologies company and noticing how he spent the majority of his time building the cloud infrastructure aspect when building his own hardware.
Wia provides a platform for developers who are building Internet of Things applications. When developing any hardware product that includes sensors or location trackers, instead of spending months building that infrastructure, developers can instead plug directly into Wia and build on top of that.
By 2020, more than 250 ‘things’ will connect to the internet every second. Seeing this potential market size, Conall relocated from Belfast to Dublin with the aim of scaling his company and applied to NDRC. Conall felt that NDRC would plug him quickly into the startup network in Dublin.
“NDRC has been invaluable to me in terms of mentorship and also introducing me to the vast network of assistance and investors that are available in Dublin,” said Laverty.
He also credits NDRC mentorship with helping him develop from a product focused mind-set to an overall company mind-set, something he feels would not be attainable had he attempted to build the company on his own. This can be a traditional pitfall of founders coming from a purely technical background.
Wia won the spring Investor Day investment offer and is now focusing on expanding its team in terms of development and sales and marketing.
Today Wia is being used by developers in 55 countries and has partnerships with leading technology companies including Ubuntu and Sigfox.