Wicklow start-up Smart Storage wins Eircom award

16 May 2012

Paul Jacobs, founder of Smart Storage, with entrepreneur Bobby Kerr and 'dragon' on Dragons' Den. Jacobs was interviewed by Kerr on 'Down to Business' on Newstalk in November. Image courtesy of Smart Solutions

Smart Storage, a new venture set up in Wicklow in 2010, has won the April finals of the Eircom Start Up competition. Paul Jacobs, a qualified engineer, started Smart Storage after he came up with a storage solution to make use of unused spaces in his own home.

Since then Jacobs has been designing bespoke units for homes so people can make use of spaces, such as under the stairs or the eaves of an attic.

Speaking after the win today, Jacobs said he set the business up after designing the units for his own home.

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“Then I received inquiries from family, friends and neighbours to do the same for them. People are not moving house as much due to the recession and they need to find ways to maximise the space they have,” he said.

Eircom’s Start Up drive is open to any business less than two years old, whether it’s a local business, high-tech, export-led or a new spin on something traditional. The closing date for the final monthly competition is 31 May.

The monthly winner of Start Up receives a complete telecoms package including landline, broadband, mobile and teleconferencing for one year to the value of €2,300.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic

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