Fast track to new tech excellence
Prop el on the hunt for entrepreneurs as business start-ups aim for glittering prize
THE search is on for technology start-up entrepreneurs to join the 2019 Ignite NI Propel Pre-accelerator programme.
Their predecessors brought their time to a close on Ignite NI’S first Propel Pre-accelerator programme by pitching for the chance to win a cash injection for their businesses.
The Propel teams showcased their innovative tech products and services at a pitch event in the Ormeau Baths in a bid to secure prizes of £10,000, £5,000 and £3,000. The Ignite NI Propel Pre-accelerator launched in January with the support of economic development agency Invest NI.
Propel is a pre-accelerator programme for people with early stage ventures or business ideas. It helps entrepreneurs build a business that can scale faster than otherwise and reach significant exports.
Bob Marks from Video First, whichs offers automated video user interface testing, was awarded the top prize of £10,000. And INCISIV, a company which use artificial intelligence to provide insight into athletic performance, won the £5,000 prize, while Cormac Quinn from loyalty card app loyal be was presented with the £3,000 award.
Tristan Watson, chief executive of Ignite NI, said: “The winners have demonstrated real entrepreneurial spirit when it came to their start-up journey.”
Invest NI’S Niall Casey said it hoped to make Northern Ireland the best UK region in which to start a business.
To apply for Propel go to www.investni.com/propelapplication-form-2018.html
Tristan Watson, Ignite NI; Cormac Quinn, loyalbe; Bob Marks, Video First; Niall Casey, Invest NI, and Cathy Craig, INCISIV