There were over 200 applications for the CorkBIC Investor Challenge, including 30 from international startups coming from such far flung places as the US, Germany, Spain and Australia.
Following in-depth screening by CorkBIC alongside Enterprise Ireland, 30 startups were chosen to compete in the regional heats in Dublin and Cork. The 12 shortlisted Shortlisted Irish and international startups will battle it out as part of the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge on Startup Island on 18 November. The 3 finalists will pitch in front of of 350 of the most influential people in the global startup community at the Startup Nations Summit Gala Dinner.
The 3 finalists be in with a chance of winning a €50,000 prize fund, which includes:
- €10,000 cash investment from Bank of Ireland
- Financial services thanks to KPMG
- Business planning services from CorkBIC
- Two office desks for one year from Startup Ireland
- Legal services courtesy of RDJ
Here is a preview of some of the startups taking part:
- Capital Construction Solutions (CSS) are changing the way the built environment is being constructed. Founder, Cory Davis is coming from Chicago, USA
- Marcus Kohler of ComfyLight, Switzerland has undertaken the mission of making people feel safe and secure in their home which is poorly addressed across all demographics by traditional home security systems. The solution is realised by a combination of novel technologies: the Internet of things, LED and learning algorithms.
- Skellig Surgical is an emerging medical device company based in Cork. They focus on the design and commercialisation of user-centred, minimally-invasive technologies. Co-founder Conor O’Shea, is also the inventor and lead developer of their multi-award winning SecuRetract device, a novel, patent pending, disposable retractor for minimally-invasive surgery.