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Ascend Innovation Nation 2018

Just over a month ago we teamed up with the inaugural Innovation Nation 2018 to deliver Ascend, an all-Ireland tech start-up pitch competition, where NI and ROI early-stage startups will be given a platform to showcase their latest innovation.

Taking place in Newry in Northern Ireland on Thursday 27 September, the winning startup, to be announced that evening, will receive a cash prize of £3k plus a package worth £50k of high value corporate services including:

  • £10k of professional advisory services courtesy of KPMG

  • £10k of PR, media, communications and design support from Lanyon Communications

  • Industry leading advice and support from the Kx Technology Fund team & three months free access to Kx’s bespoke predictive analytics software, Prelytix.

  • £10k of professional legal services

  • Interview feature on leading startup platform

  • 1-2-1 meeting with an inspirational Newry-based global leader

  • Three months co-working space courtesy of Flexi Work Space

So without further ado, the startups that will be pitching at Innovation Nation 2018 are:

A simple online platform utilizing satellite imagery to accurately detect and predict impending diseases within your crops, providing relief solutions directly to the landowner.


RISCalertWendevr’s first product, the RISCalert platform, aims to bridge the gap that exists in the ‘last mile’ of public alerting by allowing all crisis responding agencies, including police, fire services, utilities, councils etc., to pinpoint their alerts to the public right down to a singular building, saving agencies and citizens precious time before, during and after a disaster.


Unitek.AIFounded in Dublin, Ireland - Unitek.AI uses Artificial Intelligence to extract data from scanned images of structured and unstructured documents including those with handwriting to 99.9% accuracy for Banks, Insurers and Accountants. Our intelligent automation engine can automate the data entry of the extracted information into any system in a matter of seconds.

Get the ShiftsGet the ShiftsGet the Shifts is a tech-centric staffing solution which is disrupting the hospitality sector by supporting bars, restaurants, cafes, festivals, and other hospitality and events businesses to source experienced, temporary staff in their area on demand  - Hospitality staff on Tap


Motoklik - They believe that they can improve the performance and safety of off-road motorcycle riders with our electronics product, Motoklik. Motoklik is the only product in Motorsports to offer automated suspension set-up instruction, made possible by their patent pending technology.


AfterbookAfterbook is a digital platform where people can build a legacy to and tell the life story of a loved one and then share those stories with family and friends. Or indeed create and curate one’s own life story. Creating the profile is a very cathartic experience and can really help on the journey through grief and toward better mental health.

Journey ProtectorJourney ProtectorJourney Protector solves problems faced by haulage companies due to theft or damage of their load as well as issues associated with illegal stowaways entering the rear of vehicles. We have developed a device and system for the real time remote detection of illegal stowaways which removes the need for the driver to become engaged.


JadeblokJadeBlok builds value while tackling pain in ticketing. We connect, we collect and we protect event data, to create insight into interoperable ticket operations.

Elastic Energy
Elastic EnergyElastic Energy is an analytics company committed to protecting the stability of the electricity grid. The firm uses hardware and predictive analytics to tackle issues around growing energy demand, waste and energy-market purchasing decisions.


Smart RoutesSmart Routes is a leading edge Delivery Route Planning Solution. Their Cloud-based platform helps businesses to seamlessly plan their routes, giving them the ability to run an efficient delivery fleet in-house 24/7.


CompensaveCompensave will make saving fun for students by providing a gamified app that's connected to user’s bank accounts, allowing them to set goals and save on the go.

the school friendly child messaging system with personal alarm - designed for use before, during and after school.


Machine EyeMachine EyeMachine Eye develops Artificial Intelligence based Safety Systems for Farm Plant and Heavy machinery. Award winning and Patent Pending, Machine Eye continually monitors operator behaviour and machine conditions, taking automatic control of the machine and removing risk when an accident is imminent.

The Ascend judging panel of Kevin McGivern of Kx, Ashleen Feeney of KPMG in Northern Ireland, Fiona McElroy of Ulster University, Garrett O’Hare of Flexi Work Space and Drew O’Sullivan of InterTradeIreland, will certainly have a tough job to pick out the winner.

Best of luck from all at Startacus! The entire Startacus team and our co-founder Alastair Cameron who is hosting the event, are looking forward to seeing how events unfold.

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Published on: 22nd September 2018

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