The LINC (Learning and Innovation Centre) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), have announced the shortlist for their annual business start up competition ‘JumpStart 2016’ which is now in its seventh year. Five Dublin businesses have been shortlisted from all of the entries.

JumpStart is an annual competition that awards a winning business start with €10,000 cash plus an office space at the LINC for one year.

The five companies that have been shortlisted for JumpStart 2016 are Chimnery Spirits, InvizBox, Kickabout, PhysioLInked and Sproose. JumpStart 2016 is sponsored by the LINC, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Fingal Local Enterprise Office and AIB.

Details of JumpStart 2016 Shortlist

1. Chinnery Spirits

Chinnery Spirits was founded by Marie Byrne in 2016 and is in the process of launching a major new international gin brand with its first and flagship product, Chinnery Gin where Chimnery Spirits are combining a base classic dry gin made in London (by Thames Distillers) with a spirit distilled at their Dublin facility featuring more unusual botanicals. The blending and bottling of the gin will happen at a specialist bottler in Waterford city.

2. Invizbox Ltd

This is InvizBox Ltd’s second time to be shortlisted as they were runner up in JumpStart 2016. Co-founded by husband and wife, Paul Canavan, Elizabeth Canavan (from Skerries) and Chris Monks (from Rush), InvizBox Privacy Made Easy is the world leader in highly configurable with their easy to use “plug and play” devices which secure your communications and provide privacy. All one needs to do is connect your phone, laptop, etc. over WiFi and that’s it! Your communications are encrypted as they travel across the Internet, keeping them secure from prying eyes.

3. Kickabout

Gary originally from Limerick now living in Dublin founded Kickabout in 2015. A proprietary software solution Kickabout allows football players to create and organise a game of football easily and quickly as an app via a smartphone. The app allows pitch owners to manage their bookings and advertise directly to users. It works in a similar manner to the Hailo Taxi App where the taxi drivers are the owners and the passengers are the players. Gary was a former Ireland youth International footballer with caps at u15 and u18 level and trials with Arsenal FC in London.

4. PhysioLInked

Creator, Sonia Neary from Dublin founded PhysioLinked in 2015. PhysioLinked is the www.bookings.com of the physiotherapy world. Offering not just lead generation but also a complimentary streamlined practice management system for physiotherapists. For patients, they exclusively list vetted clinicians, verified reviews and offer reduced package rates.

5. Sproose

Sproose is Dublin’s new on-demand laundry and dry-cleaning service. Sproose collect, clean and deliver your laundry direct to your door or desk. Founded by Conor Wilson and Pat McKenna in 2015, the software platform empowers dry cleaners to modernize, grow and develop their businesses., clean and deliver your laundry direct to your door or desk.

The winner will get a cash prize of €10,000, an office space at the LINC and mentoring supports. They will also get access to:

· A structured approach to the development of their business through the “Create, Learn, Grow” programme

· Mentoring on key aspects of business development

· Industry specific seminars to support innovation and development for the ?companies

· Access to the academic expertise of the Institute

· Access to a cohort of students for placements and possible recruitment

· Access to the facilities in the LINC including; meeting rooms, training rooms and computer labs.

Assumpta Harvey, Manager of the LINC Centre at ITB said of the finalists, “Spanning across all sectors of business start-up, these five shortlisted emerging businesses will provide for a very exciting final on December 6th where the winner will be awarded with €10,000 in cash and an office at the LINC for one year. Interesting to see how many of the finalists have come through Enterprise Irelands New Frontiers Programme which really has become the hotbed for so much emerging entrepreneurial talent in Ireland”

The JumpStart 2016 shortlist will be judged on 6th December when the shortlisted entrants will get the opportunity to present their ideas to Bobby Kerr with other judges including Shane Doyle Vice President for Manufacturing Ireland, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Local Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Fingal, Declan Lyons, Commercialisation Manager, Enterprise Ireland and Padraig Challoner, Business Manager at AIB.

For more information visit: http://thelinc.ie/

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