Digital Irish launched our 2017 / 2018 season at Bank of Ireland’s startlab in NYC. Bank of Ireland introduced Global Payments, powered by WorldFirst, as a way to send fast, secure international payments with zero fees. Global Payments blends the pedigree of Ireland’s oldest bank with the know-how of World First – one of the world’s most innovative FinTech companies.
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Software for scaling
According to a recent Forbes article, 90% of scaling companies fail because of poor systems & processes. BriteBiz tackle this problem by streamlining your businesses’ digital processes – CRM, workflow management and sales – into one platform. Or as they put it, ‘chaos simplified’. Galway-based, they are led by CEO Eamon Crosby (formerly of PWC), with a CTO pinched from Microsoft. They boast a churn rate of zero, and can work with lean companies with teams of 3 right up to 200.
ASK: Spread the love! Intros to VCs with scaling portfolios companies, intros to incubators, and any businesses selling, doing or billing.
Intelligent search technology for resume databases & job platforms
Here’s a stat the lean company might balk at: $242mm will be wasted within next 24 hours by companies globally sifting through resumes. Recruitment is time consuming and expensive. Opening.io is AI-powered answer to these HR headaches. It’s essentially a robot recruiters that move through millions of resume data points within seconds – accessing, categorizing and then recommending the most suitable fit. They are led by experienced entrepreneur and startup mentor Andreea Wade.
ASK: Ahead of their expansion into the US in 2018, they seek intros to staffing firms, job platforms, large employers, talent networks and events.
Making bizcomms solutions friendly
Once upon a time in the 1980s Apple unveiled a computer that said ‘hello’ to its user. And with that small but momentous gesture personal computing became customer friendly. Since 2004 Blueface has been doing the same thing for business communications, offering best-in-class cloud comms solutions to businesses, enterprises and carriers.
Today they empower over 20,000 businesses globally to de-risk quick scaling and internationalization through a range of products such as hosted voice, landline and mobile services, messaging, conferencing, global services, workforce mobility and a suite of cloud-based business applications. They have bases all over Europe including France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Accolades include listing on Deloitte’s Top 500 tech and EY entrepreneur of the year finalists. Their current clients include McDonald’s, IBM and CompuB.
ASK: Blue Face wish to IPO in next 3-4 years and be top 5 comms company. To this end they are looking to meet with businesses of all sizes – owners, entrepreneurs, re-sellers, telecom carriers, CTOs of big companies. They are also always looking to discuss M&A opportunities with companies looking for strategic growth within the space.
When he first moved to NY, Zeamo CEO Paul O’Riley Hyland struggled to find a suitable gym for triathlon training. He recognized a wider need for gyms to provide more flexible options to their customers, such as simple day passes over being pestered in gyms over buying a mortgage-like memberships! Zeamo is a platform working hand in hand with the fitness industry to create those diverse, flexible membership options. Using their app in whatever city you happen to find yourself, you provide details of the gym experience you seek in a city. The suitable gyms Zeamo are partnered with pop up for you. If there is no partner gym they recommend non partner gyms who will work for you. Their current core demographic is the business traveler. They are currently doing a test market launch for 60 gyms in Boston.
ASK: 1. Download app and use it! And give feedback!. 2. Intros to folks working for gym chains looking for extra income. 3. Looking to partner with people in shared economy space.