Four start-ups picked as category winners in Spark of Genius contest

18 Oct 2012

Some of the finalists at the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition on stage at the Dublin Web Summit this morning

Four start-ups have been announced as the category winners in the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition at the Dublin Web Summit. They are: Tijobs SA, Movable Ink, Ovelin and Social Fortress.

The four ventures were picked as the overall winners in the categories of mobile, social, consumer and enterprise.

Next up, the four start-ups will be competing in the semi-finals and will present to a judging panel led by Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube. Investors from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Atomico and Accel will also be judging the four finalists.

The overall winner of the Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition will be announced later today at the Dublin Web Summit, where the start-up will be awarded a cash prize fund of €100,000.

Electric Ireland Spark of Genius competition category winners

Tjobs SA uses technology to make the recruitment processes more efficient by incorporating an online recruitment portal with a network of recruitment agencies.

US-based Movable Ink allows marketers to make emails as dynamic as webpages.

Ovelin is aiming to change the way people learn to play musical instruments with first product WildChords for playing guitar on the iPad.

Social Fortress is on a mission to allow enterprises to leverage cloud and mobile technologies by redefining the data and access control landscape while reducing end-user friction.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic