Irish start-up Ourobotics takes top European award

1 Feb 2016

Jemma Redmond from Irish start-up Ourobotics took top prize at SVOD Europe

Ourobotics, an Irish start-up that deals with bioprinting body parts, took the top prize at the SVOD Europe competition last week.

Ourobotics, headed by Jemma Redmond, took the prize after a presentation to a panel of investors, with the company heading stateside on 25 May for the US equivalent.

SVOD Europe (which stands for Silicon Valley Open Doors Europe) is part of a conference that was held in Google’s Dublin HQ over the weekend.

“It was fantastic that, in a competition based purely on the merit of business and technological advantages, our winner is a female founder from Ireland,” said Anna Dvornikova, founder of SVOD Europe.

“Her project beat off stiff competition from 25 start-ups from across Europe to win the prestigious competition.”

Ourobotics has developed a 10-material bioprinter capable of printing items for use in medicine.

“The conference was really helpful, not only did we win, but we also received a lot of great advice and introductions,” said Redmond. “It’s definitely worthwhile for any start-up company to attend.”

As well as heading to the US this summer, Redmond won Google Adwords credit to promote her business. Her pitch beat Israel’s Recast and Ukraine’s Wishround into second and third place respectively.

Paddy Flynn, director of trust and safety at Google, spoke of the need to support start-ups, saying SVOD is a “great opportunity” to connect with the community in the US.

“Ireland is now seen as a major tech hub and is very well placed with its US and European connections.”

OuroboticsAt the announcement was (l-r) SVOD Europe’s Denis Dovgopoliy and Anna Dvornikova, Jemma Redmond from Ourobotics and Stas Khirman, Executive Director, SVOD

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic