7 Irish start-ups make Voom 2016 shortlist after record-breaking pitchathon

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Saniya Chughtai of The Wadi Tribe is through to Voom 2016's final 40

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With a €1.2m prize fund, Virgin Media’s Voom 2016 has whittled its 160 candidates down to 40, with seven Irish entries making it through to the next round.

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After a mammoth, world-record 29-hour pitchathon that saw 160 start-ups face a panel of judges back-to-back, the number of Irish start-ups still in the running fell from 15 to seven.

Sinead Duffy of Yoghandha Mind Body Therapy, Niall Moloney of PowCow and Niall Phelan of River Rye Brewing Company

Sinead Duffy of Yoghandha Mind Body Therapy, Niall Moloney of PowCow and Niall Phelan of River Rye Brewing Company

The seven Irish start-ups that made it through are GolfBirdie, PowCow and The Wadi Tribe in the ‘Start-up’ category and Yogandha, Rye River Brewery, FoodCloud and Rebrandly in the ‘Grow’ category.

The next stage will see the remaining 40 businesses take part in ‘competitive’ workshops in mid-June, where feasibility, scalability and the likelihood of success will be determining factors.

Iseult Ward of FoodCloud

Iseult Ward of FoodCloud (left) pitches to the judges

The six businesses with the greatest potential will then be selected to pitch in the live finale in front of Richard Branson and his panel of expert judges: Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely, Marcus Butler and Peter Kelly.

Beyond the €1.2m general prize fund, €12,800 will be awarded to the start-up that receives the most public votes by 24 June.

Dean Douglas Evan and Dean Tobin of GolfBirdie1, Davide de Guz of Rebrandy and Saniya Chughtai of The Wadi Tribe

Dean Douglas Evan and Dean Tobin of GolfBirdie, Davide de Guz of Rebrandly and Saniya Chughtai of The Wadi Tribe

“It was extremely tough for the judges to select just 40 businesses – the calibre and variety of all the pitches we heard was of a very high standard and we are delighted that such a large number of Irish entrants have made it through to the final stage,” said Gavan Smyth, VP of Virgin Media Business Ireland.

Gordon Hunt is senior communications and context executive at NDRC. He previously worked as a journalist with Silicon Republic.

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