3D printing start-up FabAllThings selected to join SeedCamp

21 May 2014

AIB's head of TMT Banking, John O'Dwyer; Naghmeh Reilly from Enterprise Ireland's High Potential Startup Division; Carlos Eduardo Espinal, partner, Seedcamp; and ACT Venture Capital managing director John Flynn

FabAllThings, the Dublin-based on-demand 3D printable fashion company started by three sisters, has been selected for mentoring and investment by Seedcamp in London.

The company, which was started in Dublin in 2012 by sisters Emer, Kate and Aoibh O’Daly with co-founder Miguel Alonso, will now participate in an intensive year-long programme of events focusing on all aspects of their development, including free office space in London, two US investor trips, and with a Founder Sponsor Pack worth €200,000.

AIB, Enterprise Ireland and ACT Venture Capital worked together to bring Seedcamp to Dublin on 1 May and 20 companies pitched for investment to the judges.

FabAllThings and London based start-up Bridge U were selected from 20 finalists from Ireland and Europe.

Trailblazing a path into the next economy

FabAllThings is an interactive design brand that makes new unique and customisable products. Anyone can submit a design idea for a product, vote on what gets made and personalise products to themselves. FabAllThings takes care of manufacture, distribution and sale of products, using new trends in manufacturing, such as 3D printing, to make product creation easy, fast and social.

“FabAllThings is a client of Enterprise Ireland that was supported as part of our initiative to encourage female led start-ups,” said John O’Dea of Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup division.

UK based, BridgeU helps international students get into the best universities for them. The platform makes the university preparation and application experience more personalised, easier to understand and navigate to the student’s benefit.

Judge and Seedcamp partner Carlos Eduardo Espinal was impressed with all aspects of both start-ups.

Commenting on FabAllThings, he said, “We are increasingly entering a customisation economy where we expect to buy things catering to our needs but also our individual tastes.”

On BridgeU he said, “With increasing competition for the best students and best programmes, democratising access and simplifying the application process, BridgeU will help to better connect talented students with the right programmes at the right time.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years