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Google Adopt a Startup Spring 17 programme ends with pitch finals

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Last thursday evening (07-04-17), 8 qualifying Irish Startups pitched to Google Ireland's leadership team as well as leading figures from the Irish Startup Community at a Grand Final in Google Ireland's Headquarters, with the hope of being crowned the Google Adopt a Startup 2017 Spring Programme winners.

With LogoGrab named the overall winner, we took a look over the latest Google Adopt a Startup Programme and also the standout winners from the end of programme pitch event.

Adopt a Startup, is an Irish only Google programme with the mission to accelerate the growth of high potential Irish Startups. Providing skill based mentoring to high- Google Adopt a Startuppotential Startups, Google helps them to structure for scale and get the most out of the web (that kinda being Google’s thing). Each Startup received 12 weeks hands-on mentoring, access to exclusive lectures, fireside chats and workshops at the Google Ireland offices.

The 2017 cycle of the programme started mid January with 31 startups selected to join the programme and accumulated in last Thursday's (6th April 17) pitch finals. Eight finalists had to pitch for seven minutes on their business plans and strategies and the impact the Adopt a Start Up programme, had had on their businesses.

The Judges of Joe Healy, High Potential Startup Unit, Enterprise Ireland, Cera Ward, Country Director, Large Customer Sales, UK & Ireland, Google, Patrick Walsh, Managing Director, DogPatch Labs, Colin Goulding, Director, Global Customer Experience, Google and David Grunwald, Head of Global Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs, ending the evening by announcing the three startups that had bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd places on the programme.

LogoGrabFirst place went to LogoGrab

Dublin based LogoGrab is an image recognition technology provider for detecting logos and SKUs in images and video. LogoGrab provides the perfect platform for industries in many verticals, including Social Media Monitoring, Brand Compliance, Counterfeit Detection, Retail Intelligence, Mobile and Brand Engagement, Sponsorship Monitoring, and more. High-5’s LogoGrab!

Second place went to CampsitedCampsited

Awarded startup of the week by Startacus in January 17, Campsited, is a platform which enables campers and holiday seekers to find and book campsites, touring parks and holiday parks. Campsited was founded with a simple goal, to be the easiest way for people to find and book campsites and holiday parks. Big congrats Campsited!

Third place went to Obeo

Obeo is a compostable box for clean and easy food waste recycling . Obeo food waste box is the convenient counter top solution to separating food waste at home. Simply fill Obeo with all household food waste. When full Obeo, along with its contents, goes directly into the organic bin and a new box is opened. Obeo is a stand-alone unit and so removes the need for the plastic kitchen caddy. Nice! Congrats Obeo!

6 months Hot Desk membership at Dogpatch Labs

A special prize of 6 months Hot Desk membership at Dogpatch Labs, a leading EngagerDublin tech and co-working community space was awarded to Engager. Engager is a revolutionary broadcast ratings system and social media data analytics platform which provides real-time audience engagement insights. Fab news Engager and enjoy the space.

Congrats to the other four fab startups who made the final 8, namely AmbiSense, Connect The Dots, Dublin Design Studio, and Reflex Gaming - we wish you all the best going forward too!

If you are interested in all-ireland startup pitch news, you might want to read all about the recent StartPlanetNI Accelerator demo-day which took place in Crumlin Road Gaol! (Jail).

If you are UK, Irish or mainland Europe based startup, you might also want to take part in June’s upSTART 2017 pitch battle event at Digital DNA Belfast. Applications are currently open for the event, with a winner prize fund valued at £150k - including £10k hard cash up for grabs!

upSTART 2017

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Published on: 9th April 2017

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