4 women-led start-ups selected to present at Astia Venture Showcase in Dublin

20 Jun 2016

Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek on stage at Inspirefest last yar

Four women-led start-ups will present and answer questions from an investor audience at the Astia Venture Showcase in Dublin, which will take during Inspirefest next week.

Inspirefest 2016 will take place between 30 June and 2 July at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks and the nearby Merrion Square Park.

Among the kaleidoscope of talks, panels and Fringe events taking place will be the Astia Venture Showcase, where investor-ready start-ups who passed an exacting screening process in terms of women leadership, equity and influence will present their companies.

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The Astia Venture Showcase will take place on Friday 1 July from 12pm to 2pm. The Showcase is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek presented a keynote and appeared in a frank and revealing panel discussion at Inspirefest 2015.

Normally held in Silicon Valley, New York and London, this is the second time that Astia has held its Venture Showcase in Ireland.

Presenting companies have been vetted by Astia’s global community of experts and each company is considered by more than 30 reviewers, including industry experts, C-level executives, serial entrepreneurs, and members of the Astia investor community.

The presenting companies are:

Unravel Analytics (Ireland)

Headed by Santina Doherty, former head of online revenue at Ryanair, and UCD computer science graduate Dónal Troddyn, Unravel Analytics is a QA tool for tagging. Its flagship tool, the Unravel Audit Engine, has been architected to detect hidden problems with conversions, advertising and analytics on complex websites.

Ozo Innovations (England)

Led by CEO Rowan Gardner, Oxford-based Ozo Innovations is developing and engineering cost-effective and safe oxidative solutions that deliver infection control, improved hygiene and better productivity in food processing. The company’s ethos is minimising the inputs in terms of water, energy and chemicals and maximising the commercial returns for quality of life.

Clear Returns (Scotland)

Glasgow-based Clear Returns has delivered a predictive-returns intelligence platform that helps retailers retain revenue and profits from refunds and helps retailers adhere to the maxim “it’s not really a sale until your customer decides to keep it”. Headed by Vicky Brock, the company makes use of big data and smart algorithms to predict and intervene to prevent returns.

WizeNoze (Netherlands)

Amsterdam-based WizeNoze offers technology that gives children access to child-friendly content in a child-appropriate way. Headed by Diane Janknegt, at the heart of WizeNoze’s platform is a set of powerful classification algorithms. The technology is the result of years of academic research into information-retrieval algorithms aimed at young people from six-to-18-years-old.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Book your tickets now to join us from 30 June to 2 July 2016 for fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity.

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