11 NDRC Dublin start-ups to watch in 2018

23 Oct 2017

From left: Izzy and Ailbhe Keane from Izzy Wheels, pictured on stage at Inspirefest 2017, are among the 11 start-ups battling for a €30,000 investment at the latest NDRC Investor Day. Image: Conor McCabe Photography

The latest cohort of NDRC start-ups is about to do battle.

After months of an exacting bootcamp designed to shape start-ups into businesses that can generate revenues, 11 young companies will compete for €30,000 in finishing investment from NDRC at Investor Day tomorrow (24 October).

The judges for the latest NDRC Investor Day, which is run in partnership with Bank of Ireland, are: Nicola McClafferty, Draper Esprit; Steve Collins, Frontline Ventures; David Bowles, Delta Partners; and Ben Hurley, CEO, NDRC.

This morning, we reported that so far, NDRC start-ups have generated 1,600 jobs directly and indirectly worldwide. The majority of the jobs (about 1,350) are based in Ireland.

According to NDRC’s most recent annual results, companies backed by the accelerator raised €152m in cumulative follow-on investment in 2016 – that’s a 22pc increase on the previous year.

Here are the 11 young digital companies that will battle it out tomorrow.


EquiRatings is a sports data and analytics company dedicated to equestrian sports. It helps federations around the world commercialise their database, and provides risk and performance insights.


DwellDown lets users rate, review and compare their rentals. It helps tenants to discover the ideal place to call home through sharing and transparency.


Medit is a knowledge-sharing platform for medical professionals, helping them learn from the collective expertise of the medical community and discover quality content shaped for their needs by artificial intelligence.


Horus has developed the Horus Sentinel, which claims to be the world’s first intelligent, cloud-connected sensor, acting as an early-warning device to identify failures in machines.


Stride makes career discovery personal. It uses machine learning to bring relevant and authentic information to every student, inspiring great college and career choices.

Izzy Wheels

Izzy Wheels provides a collection of stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs, transforming a medical device into a piece of fashion and self-expression.


TravaPlan has developed a new way to deliver convenience control and compliance to unmanaged business travel, the largest and fastest-growing sector of this market.


Sroomm helps people to look for roommates by matching and connecting them with the right person, based on compatibility.


Melosity has created an online community for musicians to connect with like-minded people, and an online studio to enable them to create music easily, from anywhere.


Trezeo provides financial stability for self-employed workers in the gig economy by turning unpredictable income into reliable regular payments.

Profile 90

Profile 90 takes traditional sport talent identification and scouting to the next level, by integrating the latest scientific insights.

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