PlanDomino secures €30,000 in follow-on investment from NDRC

30 Nov 2018

From left: Ben Hurley, CEO, NDRC; Greg Heaslip, CEO and founder, PlanDomino; and Maurice O’Gorman, chairman, Galway City Innovation District. Image: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

It’s the PlanDomino effect!

Productivity tool for labs PlanDomino has won €30,000 in follow-on investment from the NDRC at PorterShed’s Investor Showcase in Galway.

Competing with five other digital start-ups, PlanDomino – founded by Greg Heaslip – was chosen as the stand-out business to come through the latest accelerator programme at PorterShed, which is supported by Enterprise Ireland.

‘The start-ups that have completed the PorterShed programme have demonstrated their ability to grow and scale’

“PlanDomino showed a real clarity of purpose, with its market opportunity, founding team and traction to date all encouraging the judges,” said Ben Hurley, CEO of the NDRC.

“We’re already looking forward to seeing what PlanDomino can achieve with the support of NDRC, and now that NDRC at PorterShed’s third investment programme is open for applications, we’re excited to see what the ecosystem can produce.”

A new era of accuracy and efficiency

PlanDomino is a productivity tool designed for the laboratory market. It boosts productivity by up to 50pc by automating scheduling, workflow and resource management. It aligns the laboratory, for the first time, with manufacturing and supply chain operations.

The judges – Mary Rogers of Enterprise Ireland, Niamh Sterling from the Halo Business Angel Network, Finn Murphy from Frontline Ventures, Conor Mills of ACT Ventures and Hurley representing NDRC – were impressed by the opportunity for productising the deep domain insights in PlanDomino, noting the significant market comprising customers with budgets to spend in this space.

PlanDomino is the second winner to be chosen in PorterShed, after car appraisal software business Appraisee won 12 months ago.

NDRC has announced that the third NDRC at PorterShed programme will take place in 2019, with the call now open for entrepreneurs of digital start-ups to apply for funding.

“The start-ups that have completed the PorterShed programme have demonstrated their ability to grow and scale, and I look forward to working with PlanDomino in particular, to encourage them on their growth trajectory,” said Joe Healy, divisional manager in charge of the high-potential start-up unit at Enterprise Ireland.

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