Saturday 25 May 2019

New start-up is short-listed for a major award

Paul Canavan, Elizabeth Canavan and Chris Monks from Invizbox who narrowly lost out in the Jump - start 2015 competition
Paul Canavan, Elizabeth Canavan and Chris Monks from Invizbox who narrowly lost out in the Jump - start 2015 competition

A Skerries start-up has narrowly lost out in the finals of Jumpstart 2015, a competition for new businesses run by the Learning and Innovation Centre at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown.

Co-founded by husband and wife, Paul Canavan, Elizabeth Canavan and Chris Monks, InvizBox - Privacy Made Easy is the world leader in highly configurable yet easy-to-use privacy devices, securing thousands of users worldwide by providing seamless connectivity to the Tor anonymity network with their first product.

Their second product, InvizBox Go was recently successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter, receiving over 100,000 euro in pledges. InvizBox is a High Potential Start Up client of Enterprise Ireland and successfully launched their first product in 2014 with more than 1,300 units sold in over sixty countries worldwide.

The Company has recently been accepted to New Frontiers Programme at the LINC at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown.

Company founders, Paul Canavan, Elizabeth Canavan are from Skerries and Chris Monks is from Rush.

The Skerries company was short-listed for the overall prize in the competition but ultimately lost out to tech company, Groopeze,

JumpStart, now in its sixth year, awards over €25,000 in prizes including €10,000 in cash for the winners.

The judging panel for 2015 consisted of Jim Dowdell, GloHealth, Bernie Prendergast, AIB Regional Business Manager for Dublin North and West, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Local Enterprise Local Enterprise Office Fingal and Declan Lyons, Technology Infrastructure Programme Manager, Enterprise Ireland.

The competition was open to entrepreneurs giving them a unique opportunity to really jumpstart their business and who wish to base their business in an innovative and supportive environment during their first three years of the development of their business.

The calibre of entries this year was up with seven Dublin businesses short-listed from an incredible array of entries from Irish entrepreneurs.

The short-listed companies were; Groopeze, Raise The Bar Nutrition, RewardSync, Blazer Buzz, Bia Nua, Usheru and InvizBox.

The value of the JumpStart 2015 prize is €25,000 sponsored by the LINC, AIB and Local Enterprise Office Fingal.

The Linc at ITB is the hub of innovation located in the centre of the Dublin Enterprise Zone. It is situated in the campus of the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

It's close proximity with Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport and both the M50 and M3 coupled with their location within a busy industrial setting makes the LINC an ideal location for growing a start-up business.

It also allows companies to engage with the academic expertise of the college. Enterprise at the LINC comprise of physical and business training supports for start up companies which are high tech knowledge intensive businesses.

Fingal Independent