Fast track to new tech ex­cel­lence

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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

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