The LINC reveals Jumpstart 2011 finalists

21 Jul 2011

Four start-up companies are in with the chance of winning a prize to the value of €25,000 at Jumpstart 2011 at The LINC at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown next week.

The companies are Woods Whelan,, Safefood 360 and ZUP Manufacturing and Distribution.

The prize includes the cost of the incubation space for 12 months at The LINC, mentoring support from industry experts and €2,000 in cash. The four companies will face a judging panel next Thursday, 28 July, with the winner being announced that evening.

Woods Whelan

This is an IT-based company from Inchicore in Dublin trading since September 2009 and owned by Brendan Woods. AutoRec is the trademarked solution that has been developed by the company to automate the accounting task of performing bank reconciliations. It employs optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read transactional data from printed bank statements and then cleanses, validates and consolidates the data before automating the process of performing a bank reconciliation. This saves about 85pc of the time taken to do this manually.  

ZUP Manufacturing and Distribution

Frank Mullen from Donabate founded ZUP Manufacturing and Distribution nine months ago. It has created two new products both of which increase biker safety through better comfort and visibility. The ZUPR System is an innovative means by which motorcycle jackets can be joined to motorcycle trousers. The ZUP Emergency Warning Triangle is the first to use wire-frame technology, to create a lightweight, portable and compact sign.

David Heneghan (Stepaside) recently started where he combines clever business processes with smart technology to make it easier for users to understand customer feedback in the context of the competitive landscape. In using its unique market intelligence tool, users can better decide on how to allocate resources while having a clearer picture of what earns loyalty in the market.

Safefood 360

Safefood 360 is a web-based food safety management system that allows food processing businesses to manage all aspects of food safety in one fully integrated solution. Co-founders Philip Gillen and George Howlett have many years’ experience in the technology and food industry respectively. Launched in April 2011, their software application has received a warm welcome from the food industry globally and has already received interest from plants on all five continents.

Photo: Assumpta Harvey, manager, The LINC, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown; Fergus Hopper, AIB regional director, Dublin North and West; with JumpStart 2011 judges: Dragons’ Den Gavin Duffy; Oisin Geoghan, CEO, Fingal County Enterprise Board; and Emer Jameson, managing director,