wins audience approval at 21st edition of DublinBeta

28 Mar 2017

From left: Russell Banks, co-founder of DublinBeta; Dr Abraham Campbell and Jonny Cosgrove of; and Gene Murphy, co-organiser of DublinBeta. Image: DublinBeta

Dublin start-up battle results in showcase of great talent.

The mettle of Dublin-born start-ups was tested last night (27 March) at the 21st edition of DublinBeta, with one clear winner:

DublinBeta was born in October 2011 when John O’Rourke and Russell Banks launched the first event, modelled on a Silicon Valley mixer, to showcase tech start-up talent in Dublin.

‘Having the opportunity to get feedback early on in a start-up’s life is incredibly important’

The events have attracted a loyal following, with typically more than 125 people and 10-15 start-ups demoing at each event.

“21 editions of DublinBeta later, we’re still showcasing great talent born from the minds of excellent tech start-up founders in Dublin,” said Gene Murphy, co-organiser of DublinBeta and entrepreneur in residence at Bank of Ireland.

“Having the opportunity to get feedback early on in a start-up’s life is incredibly important, to make sure they are building what people need versus what they think people want, which is a big problem that we have seen many early-stage founders fall foul of,” he added.


After the demos, the votes were counted and the audience made its decision.

In third place was DwellDown, which is a neutral platform allowing tenants to rate their accommodation on quality, comfort, communication, amenities and neighbourhood, leaving a lasting footprint of data to help future renters find their perfect location.

In second place was Warbble, the social content creation and monitoring platform that helps businesses to talk with their customers instead of at them.

Taking the lead was, which offers cloud-based virtual meetings for teams to work together, in the same space, from anywhere.

The next DublinBeta takes place this June. Start-ups that want to apply to demo, or people wishing to register attendance, can do so by visiting DublinBeta.

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