Lo­cal company in Google’s ‘Adopt a Start-Up’ pro­gramme

Wexford People - - NEWS -

GOOGLE has an­nounced the 30 strong co­hort of suc­cess­ful start-ups - one of them from Wex­ford - that will be tak­ing part in its au­tumn ‘Adopt A Start-Up’ pro­gramme which be­gan last week.

The 30 start-ups - in­clud­ing En­nis­cor­thy-based Ho­los Skin­care - are un­der­go­ing an in­ten­sive 12 week men­tor­ing pro­gramme by ex­pe­ri­enced Google em­ploy­ees and at­tend an ex­clu­sive pro­gramme of lec­tures and work­shops at the company’s EMEA Head­quar­ters in Dublin.

Start-ups from Wex­ford, Clare, Lim­er­ick, Louth, Dublin, Cork, Wex­ford, Mayo, Gal­way and Kilkenny have been se­lected for the pro­gramme with busi­nesses rang­ing from data an­a­lyt­ics, frozen food and jew­ellery to air­craft as­set man­age­ment and dog toys!

At the end of the pro­gramme, eight suc­cess­ful star­tups will also get the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the im­prove­ments in their busi­ness as a re­sult of the pro­gramme and to pitch their busi­ness plans to mem­bers of Google Ire­land’s lead­er­ship team, as well as prom­i­nent fig­ures from the Ir­ish startup com­mu­nity.

The win­ning startup will re­ceive €10,000 in Ad­Words credit as well as eli­gi­bil­ity for the Google Cloud pro­gramme which comes with $100,000 Google Cloud credit.

Paddy Flynn, Head of Google Ire­land’s start-up pro­gramme said: ‘The cal­i­bre of par­tic­i­pants in this year’s Au­tumn pro­gramme is very strong, fur­ther de­mon­strat­ing the vi­brancy of Ire­land’s startup com­mu­nity. Over one third of com­pa­nies in our Au­tumn pro­gramme are from out­side Dublin, which is great to see.

‘For many years in Google we have been de­scrib­ing the in­ter­net as an eco­nomic growth en­gine with the po­ten­tial to de­liver jobs to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across Ire­land and we are see­ing that re­al­ity in the com­pa­nies in our Adopt A Startup pro­gramme.

‘Now in its fifth year, Google’s Adopt A Startup pro­gramme aims to as­sist star­tups and de­velop their busi­ness strate­gies by pro­vid­ing them with hands-on sup­port and ad­vice on how they can take their en­ter­prises even fur­ther. It’s im­por­tant to fos­ter en­tre­pre­neur­ial tal­ent wher­ever it es­tab­lishes and we’re de­lighted to be do­ing that with this pro­gramme’.

Ewa Winkel, Ho­los Skin­care, En­nis­cor­thy, James Allen, Pro­gramme Man­ager, Google Adopt A Startup and Ni­amh Ho­gan, Ho­los Skin­care, En­nis­cor­thy.

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