20 Irish SMEs to avail of IEDR’s €150k e-commerce fund

29 May 2013

IEDR chief executive David Curtin launches the Optimise competition earlier this year along with Adam Dunne, Isaac Gunnip and Lauren Heary

Twenty Irish companies are set to benefit from professional consultancy and support to upgrade their online presence under the IE Domain Registry’s (IEDR) €150,000 Optimise fund.

Earlier this year, the IEDR had put a call out to Irish SMEs and micro-businesses to apply for the fund to help them boost their online presence.

Announcing the winners today, the IEDR said they include family-run businesses and emerging and established companies from the food, travel and tourism, media and publishing, retail and technology sectors.

Via the fund, these 20 companies will avail of a combined €150,000 worth of professional consultancy and support to help them develop their websites and learn more about e-commerce.

The winning companies were selected from more than 350 entries by an independent panel of judges.

They are:

  • Food producer and retailer The Butler’s Pantry
  • Online news publisher Business World
  • Kilowen Farm, the family-run producer of yogurts and dairy products
  • Limerick photography company Press22
  • Coffee roasting company Java Republic
  • Organic farm and ecotourism destination Rock Farm Slane
  • Wholesale Directory, a Limerick-based company to help Irish retailers connect online with wholesalers
  • Galway-based Seavite Bodycare, creator of organic seaweed-based skincare
  • Dublin retailer Viking Marine
  • Colmac Robotics, a new start-up offering summer camps to teach kids about robotics
  • Bicycle retailer Eurocycles
  • Dublin clay pigeon shooting facility Courtlough Shooting Grounds
  • PuddleDucks, Cork-based retailer of outdoor clothing for children
  • TV production company Motive Television
  • Travel agency Manasik Tours
  • Dublin-based family garage Square Fit
  • Anchor Safety, supplier of personal safety and protective equipment
  • Tipperary company Air Impact, a wholesaler and distributor of air tools, air compressors and garage equipment
  • Datascope, a Wexford-based newspaper and magazine printer
  • Family-run retailer RA Kee & Sons

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic