InBusiness InCork Bursary Purse 2014

Cork Innovates announce Bia Beauty as winner of the €30,000 InBusiness InCork bursary purse. Check out the shortlisted finalists from the event here: 

Pundit Arena

Pundit Arena is a revenue generating sports media website powered by passionate sports fans and journalists. PA takes the passionate knowledge of articulate fans, curates it, publishes it and then amplifies it through its distribution channels.

Pundit Arena empowers fans to become paid journalists by monetising the content on its interactive platform and providing them with a share of the earnings generated through advertising and content syndication.

Pundit Arena provide writers with a high level of autonomy and the freedom to passionately write about the sports of interest to them. Pundit Arena is essentially an online sports broadsheet powered by the sporting public.

The company launched last November after Richard Barrett and co-founder Ross O’Dwyer decided to collaborate, having initially started out on the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme working on two separate sports based websites.

Today Pundit Arena has over 200 contributors, a sub-editorial team of six, and a team of four staff writers. From a starting point of zero traffic 11 months ago, the site now has almost 250,000 unique visitors per month.

Bia Beauty Skincare

Bia Beauty Skincare is an award winning range of natural skincare products made in Cork. Founder Tracey Ryan has a first class honours degree in Herbal Science and uses her knowledge and passion to create beautiful products that really do work!

We take our name Bia from the Irish word for food because we use only edible ingredients in our products, nut oils, fruit extracts, herbs and spices.

Bia Beauty is currently selling into over 100 stores nationwide including Avoca, Lloyds Pharmacy and Mothercare.

Mountain Man Brewing

Nestled high in the West Cork mountains of the Muskerry Gaeltacht, Mountain Man Brewing was founded in late 2012 by Phil and Sue Cullen. Phil learned to brew great tasting beer while living in Canada and witnessed the expansion of the craft beer industry there year after year. After returning home to Ireland in 2005, Phil continued to brew on a small scale but wanted to brew commercially for the growing number of the Irish people who were starting to discover quality and locally produced craft beer.


AventaMed is a Cork based medical device company focused on simplifying surgical procedures to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient safety.

AventaMed has developed a novel medical device which allows grommets to be placed in children’s ears safely and quickly in an office setting, eliminating the need for general anaesthesia. The Co-Founders, Olive O’Driscoll and John Vaughan, invented this device in the MEDIC research centre at the Cork Institute of Technology.

Prior to joining CIT to develop medical devices Olive and John gained over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry working for multi-national companies such as Stryker here in Cork and start-up companies. Now I welcome John Vaughan, AventaMed’s Chief technical officer to tell you more about their revolutionary grommet device.


Paul Brugger is the Founder and CEO of TIC Ltd. His background is in decision technology, the art of using data to make better informed decisions. Paul has brought his previous experience to create what he refers to as “social decisioning”, using data to make relevant personalised decisions to enhance the passenger experience.

This software has been featured on the world renown technology programme, BBC Click, and he has just returned from the final of the IATA Global Passenger Innovation awards 2014.


Maeve O’Keeffe hails from a dairy farming background in East Cork. Maeve attained a BSc in Land Management Agriculture from WIT in 2012. Maeve previously spent 18 months working on a 1,300 cow dairy farm in New Zealand. Her experience in New Zealand gave rise to the genesis of her solution, the ‘Inspect 4 turn over crate’. She spotted a niche given that the existing equipment is both dangerous, unsafe and inefficient.

The new device is a new hydraulically operated turn over crate that is safe for both the operator and animal and increases throughput of animals by 300%. It is also ideally suited to the problematic area of teat-sealing heifers which is an increasing problem on Irish farms.

The Inspect 4 crate is CE certified and has won many innovation awards at a national level.

Inspect 4 Hoof Trimming Limited was incorporated in January 2014 and has generated €40,000 in revenue to date and the product is now being marketed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is one of the world’s largest dairy markets.

Maeve is an anomaly, given that she is a young female promoting an agri-tech solution for an industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by males.

Ottera Technology

Ottera is the company from Cork, Ireland who is transforming the way high value training, such as Healthcare is done all over the world. Ottera has developed technology in the form of first person perspective video capture glasses and clinical training software. Ottera’s training technology has been quantitatively proven by world renowned experts to reduce critical errors of Healthcare Professional trainees by 49%.

The company’s founder and chief executive officer is Glenn Goggin. Glenn graduated from University College Cork in 2012 where he completed a Masters and Honours bachelor degree in Business Information Systems.

Ottera has recently been selected by Enterprise Ireland for investment under the graduate competitive start fund and has plans to export its training technology internationally within the Healthcare & medical device training market initially, with a number of other markets on the road map also.