Innovative staff productivity software firm wins iFactor competition
Jonathan Mulligan of Openplain based at National College of Ireland Business Incubation Centre is the winner of the iFactor competition, held in LINC at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.
He received a cheque for €4,000 to invest in Openplain, which was funded from the Dublin City and County Enterprise Boards.
Founded in 2008, Openplain’s mission is to help organisations maximise staff productivity through the use of innovative software solutions.
In tests, their OfficeMetrics product increased staff productivity levels by 7-15pc.
The iFactor saw a total of ten companies from the five incubation and innovation centres in the third-level colleges in Dublin compete.
The ten companies that took part in the competition were Boxever, LORG, Lenders Engine, Clip Gurus, Saticon, Safefood 360 , Lucey Technology, Openplain, UtilitySaver and Wirelite Sensors. Each had two minutes to make its uninterrupted elevator pitch. The judging panel then questioned them on their business for three minutes.
The judging panel consisted of Emer Jameson, Managing Director of yourlocal.ie; Anthony Bermingham, formerly CEO of LAKE Communications and now an investor in technology start ups; Richard Walsh, Managing Director, Ethanol Ireland; and Anne Keogh, an experienced Entrepreneur in the digital media sector and Director of needahotel.com.