Four leading women-led start-ups got to pitch at the recent Astia Venture Showcase that took place as part of Inspirefest in Dublin.

Normally held in Silicon Valley, New York and London, this is the second time that Astia has held its Venture Showcase in Ireland.

The four presenting start-ups were:

Unravel Analytics (Ireland)

Headed by Santina Doherty, former head of online revenue at Ryanair, and UCD computer science graduate Dónal Troddyn, Unravel Analytics is a QA tool for tagging. Its flagship tool, the Unravel Audit Engine, has been architected to detect hidden problems with conversions, advertising and analytics on complex websites.

Ozo Innovations (England)

Led by CEO Rowan Gardner, Oxford-based Ozo Innovations is developing and engineering cost-effective and safe oxidative solutions that deliver infection control, improved hygiene and better productivity in food processing. The company’s ethos is minimising the inputs in terms of water, energy and chemicals and maximising the commercial returns for quality of life.

Clear Returns (Scotland)

Glasgow-based Clear Returns has delivered a predictive-returns intelligence platform that helps retailers retain revenue and profits from refunds and helps retailers adhere to the maxim “it’s not really a sale until your customer decides to keep it”. Headed by Vicky Brock, the company makes use of big data and smart algorithms to predict and intervene to prevent returns.

WizeNoze (Netherlands)

Amsterdam-based WizeNoze offers technology that gives children access to child-friendly content in a child-appropriate way. Headed by Diane Janknegt, at the heart of WizeNoze’s platform is a set of powerful classification algorithms. The technology is the result of years of academic research into information-retrieval algorithms aimed at young people from six-to-18-years-old.

Words by John Kennedy