Irish company to battle it out next week at World Start-up Competition

13 Nov 2014

Patrick Leddy, founder of Pulsate

With voting closing at midnight, now is your last chance to back Pulsate founder Patrick Leddy, who is heading to Korea next week for the World Start-up Competition and to inform the world about Irish start-ups.

Pulsate, which focuses on helping retailers capitalise on new internet of things technologies, such as Apple’s iBeacon, won the Irish leg of a competition to find the country’s best start-up to represent Ireland at the competition on 24 November in Seoul.

The company fought off 34 other Irish start-ups for the honour of representing Ireland in the global contest.

“We hope to build on the growing momentum in the Irish start-up sector to send a message out to the world that Ireland is the land of opportunity for start-ups that want to take on the world,” Leddy said.

Leddy will compete against 40 of the world’s best tech start-ups for a prize fund of US$100,000 at the international final.

Online voting – including votes for Leddy – will account for 20pc of the semi-final scores.

The World Start-up Competition is being run by Korea’s Dream Bank Foundation for young entrepreneurs in conjunction with the Start-up Nations Summit in November.

Leddy will join #StartupIreland CEO Eoin Costello on the journey to Korea. Costello will be addressing the Start-up Nations Summit on the topic of the rapidly emerging start-up ecosystem in Ireland.

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