Skellig Surgical Wins the CorkBIC Global Investor Challenge

The CorkBIC Global Investor challenge (powered by Bank of Ireland) was on the search for the most investible global Startups and entrepreneurs over the weekend. There were over 200 applications received for the challenge, including 30 international applications, all vying for the great prize. The regional Irish heats saw 12 Startups battle it out for their place on Spike Island, with three finalists then chosen to make their pitch at the Startup Nations Summit Gala Dinner. The fantastic prize bundle of €50,000 included a 10k Cash investment from Bank of Ireland, financial services from KPMG, Business Planning services from CorkBIC, two office desks for one year with thanks to Startup Ireland and legal services from RDG.

The three finalists who earned a place to pitch at the Gala diner were;

Conor O’ Shea; Marcus Kohler; Breffney O’ Dowling Keane


The Gala Dinner was hosted in the beautiful foyer of County Hall, with over 400 Startup Nations friends and guests. Finalists were invited on stage to present their pitch to the audience (and most importantly the judges!). First up was Breffney O Dowling followed by Marcus Kohler and finally Conor O’Shea.

Though all three finalists were outstanding in their pitches, there could only be one winner. Conor O’Shea from Skellig Surgical ook home the prize for his startup – a medical device company focused of the development and commercialisation of user-centred, minimally invasive technologies. David Merriman of Bank of Ireland was on hand to present Conor with his award. Speaking after his win Conor said;

“I am delighted to have won. This means everything to me because as a startup company now we have a runway to succeed.”

Skellig Surgical Wins Global Investor Challenge

Skellig Surgical Wins Global Investor Challenge