12 start-ups shortlisted for Spark of Genius competition at Web Summit

5 Oct 2016

The ESB Spark of Genius competition will take place at the 2016 Web Summit in Lisbon. Image: Arsenie Krasnevsky/Shutterstock

12 Irish start-ups have been shortlisted to take part in the 2016 ESB Spark of Genius competition at the Web Summit in Lisbon.

Past winners of the ESB Spark of Genius Award include Bizimply, Love & Robots, Viddyad, Datahug and SmartThings.

The ESB Spark of Genius Award provides a platform for high potential technology start-ups who have been in operation for less than three years and have received under €1 million in funding.

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12 Irish start-ups shortlisted for Spark of Genius competition at Web Summit in Lisbon

The 12 entrants and judges for the 2016 ESB Spark of Genius competition

Entrants are judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their business development and prospects for future growth.

The 12 start-ups will compete for a €25,000 cash prize.

One of the previous winners, SmartThings, was acquired by Korean tech giant Samsung to be the fulcrum of its internet of things strategy for an alleged sum of $200m.

The 12 Irish start-ups are:

1. BikeLook

BikeLook use Bluetooth sensors on bikes and racks to solve Dublin’s €10m bike theft problem.

2. Buymie

Buymie is a mobile platform that uses networked productivity to redefine the supply and value chain of the traditional grocery retail market.

3. EnergyElephant

EnergyElephant helps businesses to make better energy decisions by organising and analysing their energy data.

4. Fillit

Fillit is a marketplace that connects people looking for temporary spaces for events, retail, promotions etc to those with excess or underused spaces.

5. HouseMyDog

A former Siliconrepublic.com Start-up of the Week, HouseMyDog is an online marketplace that connects dog owners with local vetted dog sitters. Think of it like Airbnb for dogs.

6. iKydz

iKydz is a global plug and play service that allow parents to control their kids’ internet access at home.

7. Kollect

Kollect is Ireland’s first real solution for on demand pay as you go bin collection, which allows customers to take control and choose bin day.

8. OpenBack

OpenBack are creating a new standard in mobile notifications to drive engagement while putting users first.

9. Parkpnp

A recent Siliconrepublic.com Start-up of the Week, Parkpnp is an online marketplace for parking. Users can list their unused spaces to drivers to generate income through a website and app.

10. Responder

Built by Wicklow company Showoff, Responder is a product aimed at supporting independent living, health and well-being through the use of mobile and wearable technologies.

11. WeSavvy

WeSavvy allows insurance products to be powered by the consumer’s lifestyle. The user can get rewarded on their insurance policy when they walk, run or cycle.

12. Wia

Another previous Siliconrepublic.com Start-up of the Week, Wia provide developers with a real time platform for building Internet of Things applications.

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