Wednesday 25 April 2018

Budding entrepreneurs show driving ambition

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

YOUNG Irish entrepreneurs hope to drive their invention for motorists to the international market.

They were among 10 teams -- from as far afield as Brazil, China and the US -- selected to take part in Startupbootcamp Dublin.

One of the Irish startups is CleverMiles which allows parents to track the driving habits of their adult children when they borrow the family car.

A device plugs into the car which can feed back data to a family computer, revealing the speed and location of the vehicle.

Chloe McGuckin, from the CleverMiles team which came together at Sligo IT, said they hope to launch it by the end of the year.

"We're looking for investment to scale up. We've been getting loads of feedback and there is a lot of interest in the project and the team," she said.

"It's about giving young people the responsibility they're looking for while also reducing the worry parents have when they hand over their keys,"

The entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to over 100 investors and mentors at an Investor Demo Day on Dublin's Barrow Street.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met the teams ahead of their pitch and said all the fledgling companies have "global potential".

Among the other ideas were a secure tablet-style computer to allow doctors to review patient data on the go and a way of tracing perishable food from the farmer to the supermarket.

The entrepreneurs were given initial feedback from investors last night but will learn if they are successful in the weeks ahead.

Irish Independent

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