Six Dublin start-ups make it to finals of JumpStart competition

6 Nov 2012

Bobby Kerr, one of the judges of JumpStart, launches the 2012 competition with Sophie Osborne

Six start-ups have been picked for the finals of JumpStart, the annual entrepreneurship competition that’s run by the Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

The six shortlisted companies are Chillicam, Cypro Software, EZY Technology Innovations, Jamworld Technologies, uTRAC and Willstream Labs.

The start-ups will now go on to the finals of the competition on 15 November where they will be pitching to a judging panel that will include entrepreneur Bobby Kerr and George Kiely, regional director, Enterprise Ireland.

The winning start-up on the day will get a €25,000 package sponsored by AIB, LINC and Fingal County Enterprise Board. The package will include a €5,000 cash prize, plus the cost of incubation space for 12 months and mentoring from industry experts.

LINC’s manager Assumpta Harvey said that the standard of applications was very high this year with applications received from start-ups from many sectors, including agriculture and software.

As for the six ventures that have made it to the finals of the competition, Chillicam is a video software-as-a-service (VSaaS) start-up that is developing online services for the global security market.

Cypro Software is working on applications to protect industrial control systems from cyber and operational attacks. Jamworld Technologies is developing an online community and social network to provide a suite of marketing tools for amateur musicians.

EZY Technology Innovations is researching and developing new agricultural machinery equipment. uTRAC is an online workforce management system for recruitment agencies that supply sub-contracted labour teams to clients.

Willstream Labs has been set up to all migrants around the world to take control of their finances and remittances in the payments space by connecting them directly with businesses in emerging markets.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic