Start-ups shortlisted for Entrepreneurship Award

14 Nov 2007

Three innovative start-ups in the high-tech or knowledge-intensive sectors have been shortlisted by NovaUCD, University College Dublin’s (UCD) technology transfer centre, to receive the NovaUCD Entrepreneurship Award 2007.

The winner will be announced next Wednesday at an awards ceremony and will receive a share of a €10,000 fund.

One of the three shortlisted is, a social networking site aimed at goal and achievement setting, which is being promoted by Shirleen Flynn, JP Wickremasinghe, and Peter Finnegan, a UCD medical student.

The second company, AP EnvEcon, is a campus spin-off from UCD’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy and is co-founded by Professor Peter Clinch and Dr Andrew Kelly.

AP EnvEcon is a provider of decision-support tools for monitoring and managing environmental change for both public and private sector organisations.

The third to make it to the shortlist for the Entrepreneurship Award is Q-Validus, a company already based at NovaUCD, which provides international certification tools and products.

Previous winners of the Entrepreneurship Award include Changing Worlds, developer of mobile content delivery tool, ClixSmart. Its clients include Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile.

By Marie Boran