National Digital Research Centre’s (NDRC) Launchpad
08 December 2011
NDRC hosted their fourth 'Lift Off' competition on Thursday, 8 December 2011. The event saw 15 promising start-ups in the digital space compete for a €50k investment fund.
The winning team at the event on 8 December was Canada’s Adjuno, a social commerce platform which provides users with enhanced social and geographic context across e-commerce applications. As winners, they will receive access to an investment fund of €50k as well as additional legal support from Mason Hayes & Curran. The second prize went to Newswhip and the third prize to iCabbi.
NDRC’s LaunchPad is Ireland’s first tech accelerator and was this year rated as the best accelerator in Ireland in a Europe-wide survey. The three-month programme is targeted at digital start-up ideas with a particular focus on those emerging from the research base.
Speaking at the event, Jeanne Kelly, a Partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Commercial Department, said “We are delighted to be involved with the NDRC and their “Lift Off” Competition. It is a great platform for entrepreneurs to develop ideas into products and we look forward to working with the winners”.