30 start-ups from 10 counties make Google’s Adopt a Startup programme

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From left: Ewa Winkel, Holos Skincare; James Allen, programme manager, Google Adopt a Startup; and Niamh Hogan, Holos Skincare. Image: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

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Google has revealed the 30 latest start-ups to be included in its Adopt a Startup programme from 10 different counties across Ireland.

30 start-ups have done enough to convince Google of being ‘adopted’ as part of its autumn edition of Adopt a Startup, a programme that will span the course of 30 weeks.

During that time, the start-ups will take part in a mentoring programme from Google employees, and attend a series of lectures and workshops at the company’s EMEA headquarters at Silicon Docks in Dublin.

The start-ups chosen this year hail from Clare, Limerick, Louth, Wexford, Dublin, Cork, Wexford, Mayo, Galway and Kilkenny, and cover a spectrum as broad as data analytics, frozen food and jewellery, to aircraft asset management and dog toys.

Greater spread across Ireland

Once the programme finishes, eight start-ups will be chosen to showcase the improvements in their business as a result, and to pitch their business plans to members of Google Ireland’s leadership team and others from Ireland’s start-up community.

Then, the winning start-up will receive €10,000 in AdWords credit as well as eligibility for the Google Cloud programme, which comes with $100,000 Google Cloud credit.

Commenting on the latest cohort, head of Google Ireland, Paddy Flynn, was pleased to see a good spread of start-ups across the country.

“The calibre of participants in this year’s autumn programme is very strong, further demonstrating the vibrancy of Ireland’s start-up community,” he said.

“Over one-third of companies in our autumn programme are from outside Dublin, which is great to see.”

Some of the start-ups to make this programme that might be familiar to Siliconrepublic.com readers include Bamboo, PlayTank, Run Angel, Platform Avenue and InvizBox.

The 30 start-ups selected are as follows:

Aphix Software


BYOS by Melissa Curry


Connectors Marketplace

Dog Day Design

P4ML (formerly Eirechrom)


FiftyOne Bikes


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Platform Avenue



Run Angel


Strong Roots

Sustain Sister

The Galway Food Company






Wellnice Pops

Colm Gorey is a senior journalist with Siliconrepublic.com