21 local start-ups begin journey on Propel 2020

  • Twenty-one early-stage start-ups have started their journey on one of Northern Ireland’s most competitive pre-accelerator programmes, the Propel Pre-Accelerator.

    Run by Ignite NI and supported by Invest NI, the Propel Pre-Accelerator takes the most promising idea stage pre-launch companies from Northern Ireland each year. The intensive six-month programme is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the technology and knowledge economy sectors stress test their ideas and help them successfully launch a product to market.

    The teams taking part in the third year of the programme come from a variety of sectors including, healthcare, agriculture, artificial intelligence, developer tools and education, and include a diverse group of founders, from seasoned university lecturers to school leavers.

    The full list of companies are: Budibase, CropSafe, designtrack, Dotmaker, Eolas Medical, Farm Compare, Flows 2 Forms, Fooday, Freeperiod, Integra, Legitimate, Lowdown, Machine Eye, Material Evolution, Mathan Hub, Netminds, PersonalCarer, PulseAI, STAND, VerdantLearn and Workplus.

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    Ignite NI interacted with over 400 companies during the Propel recruitment stage, demonstrating the growing number of people in Northern Ireland who are keen to found their own company and looking for support to get their business off the ground.

    The companies who secured a place on the programme, each receive a £15,000 equity-free, 12 months free co-working space in one of the UK’s top co-working spaces, the Ormeau Baths, and the opportunity to meet more than 300 experienced mentors, founders and investors from across the globe.

    “We’re now in our third year of Ignite NI delivering the Propel Pre-Accelerator and every year brings something different into the Ormeau Baths," said Chris McClelland, Programme Director of Propel.

    "This year, it’s great to see agritech, construction, and artificial intelligence and machine learning plus a big increase in applications from the universities here. We’ll hit the ground running from day one: stress-testing their assumptions; learning from customers; exposing them to real-world experienced entrepreneurs. Whatever it takes to help founders be successful.”

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    Source: Written based on press release

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