The semi-finalists for the prestigious start-up competition, ESB Spark of Genius, have been announced ahead of Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon.

The semi-finalists who are aiming to win a €25,000 cash prize include:

BikeLook use Bluetooth sensors on bikes and racks to solve Dublin’s €10m bike theft problem.

Buymie is a mobile platform that uses networked productivity to redefine the supply and value chain of the traditional grocery retail market.

EnergyElephant helps businesses make better energy decisions by organising and analysing their energy data.

Fillit is a marketplace that connects people looking for temporary spaces for events, retail, promotions etc. to those with excess or underused spaces.

HouseMyDog is an online marketplace that connects dog owners with local vetted dog sitters; like Airbnb for dogs.

iKydz is a global plug and play service that allow parents control kids internet access at home.

Kollect is Ireland’s first real solution for on-demand pay as you go bin collection, that allows customers to take control and choose bin day.

OpenBack are creating a new standard in mobile notifications to drive engagement while putting users first.

Parkpnp is an online marketplace for parking. Users can list their unused spaces to drivers to generate income through a website and app.

Responder is a product aimed at supporting independent living, health and well-being through the use of mobile and wearable technologies.

WeSavvy allows insurance products to be powered by the consumer’s lifestyle. The consumer can get rewarded on their insurance policy when they walk, run or cycle.

Wia provide developers with a real-time platform for building Internet of Things applications.

The shortlisted entrepreneurs, will pitch to a panel of judges live on 2FM’s The Eoghan McDermott Show all week, commencing today, October 3rd. This will determine who the three finalists going to Lisbon will be. The panel of live judges include: John McKiernan, Head of External Collaboration at ESB; Joan Mulvihill, Irish Internet Association CEO; Emmet Ryan, Technology Editor of The Sunday Business Post; Jenny O’ Doherty, Head of Startups at Web Summit; and Mikey Cannon, co-founder at Bizimply (which won the ESB Spark of Genius Award at last year’s Web Summit).

John McKiernan, Head of External Collaboration at ESB, commented: “This year’s ESB Spark of Genius Award shortlist recognises the exceptional standard of technology led start-ups in Ireland; a standard that is critical to Ireland’s continued economic success. ESB is firmly committed to continuing to innovate and harness the opportunities that new technologies, many of which are created by start-ups, bring. The ESB Spark of Genius Award indeed underlines ESB’s focus on encouraging the development of ground-breaking energy solutions to our customers, all the while working towards our vision for a low carbon future.”

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit said; “It’s fantastic to be involved with ESB Spark of Genius again this year. The standard of applicants over the last number of years has been extremely high so competition will be tough. It’s a great opportunity for start-ups and it shows how thriving the Irish tech scene is.”

The ESB Spark of Genius Award provides a platform for high potential technology start-ups who have been in operation for less than three years and have received under €1 million in funding. Entrants are judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their level of development thus far, and their potential for future growth. Past winners of the ESB Spark of Genius Award include Bizimply, Love & Robots, Viddyad, Datahug and SmartThings.

More than 50,000 attendees will attend Web Summit 2016. Speakers for 2016 include: John Chambers, Executive President, Cisco; Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and Founder, VaynerMedia; and Linda Boff, CMO, General Electric. Leading Irish speakers include: Andreea Wade, Founder, Opening.io; Dermot Williams, CEO, Threatscape; and Eamon Leonard, Founder, Cohort.

Join the conversation today at www.twitter.com/ESBGroup using the hashtag #ESBSparkOfGenius.

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