Friday 20 October 2017

Three Irish tech startups announced as winners of 'GoGlobal' competition

Sergey Lyubka and Anatoly Lebedev, co-founders of Cesanta, one of the winning Irish startups
Sergey Lyubka and Anatoly Lebedev, co-founders of Cesanta, one of the winning Irish startups
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Three Irish tech startups -- Pointy, Cesanta and Xpreso -- have been announced as winners of the ‘Go Global’ competition run by the team behind Web Summit.

The companies will now be offered expert advice from senior investors, technology entrepreneurs and technology journalists.

All three winning Irish startups will also be flown to the Web Summit's sister conference, Rise, in Hong Kong. And they will also appear in front of an expected 6,000 people on the main stage at this November's Dublin Web Summit to talk about their companies.

The competition was open to startups less than three years old and which had raised less than €3m in funding.

Dublin-based ‘internet of things’ firm Cesanta develops software designed to enable network communication between devices or appliances using secure connectivity and data intelligence. The company, which was founded by ex-Google engineers Anatoly Lebedev and Sergey Lyubka, has quickly snapped up a seed round of funding from high-end investors that include Eventbrite founder and Airbnb advisor Kevin Hartz. It is swelling fast, having already reached 10 people.

Meanwhile, Dublin-based Pointy was founded in 2014 by Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby and is a service that enables retailers to easily scan their products directly to a website using only an ordinary barcode scanner.

The company got investment of €1.1m in 2015.

Xpreso, founded by Cyclone Couriers CEO Simon Pleass and Eamon Keane eliminates the ‘sorry we missed you’ card that online shoppers receive when they are not at home to accept a delivery. The company recently raised over €800,000 in seed funding.

“It’s great to see Irish startups companies growing and going global,” said Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive and founder of Web Summit.

“The three winners are a great example of the entrepreneurial potential in Ireland and we’re delighted to support them. We’ll be providing them with assistance through our network of investors, media and other major tech entrepreneurs.”

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