Irish Startups That Rock!
By: Rachel Pollard 03/16/2015
According to a report from Independent.IE, “The Irish start-up sector is smoking hot, with some unbelievably smart young companies and entrepreneurs developing extremely cool technology and coming up with game-changing ideas. They could even be the next Google, Twitter or Facebook.” But what are these hot new Irish businesses? Just in time for Saint Patrick's Day, let's take a look at a few Irish Startups that rock!
The Hub Controller
The Hub Controller is mentioned on Business ETC, which calls it a “house installation and smartphone app.” This app makes it possible for utility customers to control their bills, by allowing the customer set their own budget for their utilities. Then the app will run the customer's utilities at the “most economical opportunity.”
Funked Up Fixies
Lovin Trends shares the story behind Funked Up Fixies. The two men who started the company began by making bikes for their friends. Soon, their products were so popular that they now ship bikes all over Europe. All of their bikes are fully customizable and the site offers thousands of options. Design your own bikes and have them delivered straight to your door.
This is one of the fastest growing new businesses in Ireland. Currencyfair is a company which focuses on Irish customers who are living in other countries, such as the United States and Australia, who wish to send money home to Ireland. Their website promises customers will “get better exchange rates when transferring money internationally.
This company is listed as a high-potential Irish startup by Enterprise Ireland. “Adama Innovations have a disruptive technology for advanced manufacturing. The company has developed a simple process for deploying nanotechnology to common manufacturing processes. Various applications in medical devices, food packaging, anti-counterfeit sectors.” The company website shares, “The Company’s first product is a nano-scale probe fabricated in diamond, for metrology applications in high-tech manufacturing.”
The Web Summit
Although this company started off in Dublin, Ireland, it has now expanded into Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States, and in Hong Kong, China. Forbes calls Web Summit, “The new hot ticket on the tech conference scene.” Their website explains who they are as such, “It’s been called the best technology conference on the planet. But we just think it‘s different. And that difference works for our attendees, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the most exciting startups in the world. Our speakers may be world class, but our networking is simply legendary.”
Ding comes to us from Irish Entrepreneur of the Year, Mark Roden, who was also featured in Lovin Trends “Ones to Watch in 2015. “Ding allows its customers to “top-up” mobile phones for loved ones all over the globe.” What this means is simple; if someone that you know has used all of the minutes on their phone, you can send them more minutes from anywhere in the world, using Ding. Their website shares that Ding was created to help people living away support their loved ones who are back home. Ding is directly connected to over 300 mobile operators in 130 countries, giving them a reach of three and a half billion phones. People can send more minutes to a loved one's phone at www.ding.com, or on the mobile app. It is also available in over 500,000 retail locations around the world. “As the world’s largest top-up provider, ding safely delivers a top-up every second of every day. Ding employs 200 people with its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and regional offices in Miami, Dubai, San Salvador, Bucharest, Barcelona and Dhaka.”