Charles Alix: he took three months off to go sailing and let his mind freewheel before coming up with the idea for YapMe.
New innovators: YapMe

“Adding sound to a photo makes it a sensory experience and takes you right into the moment. It gives ‘beige’ a bit of colour and the image is elevated(...)

President  Obama launched the last July 4th holiday at the office of technology start-up hub 1776. Photograph: Martin H Simon-Pool/Getty Images

Name a Washington DC-based start-up accelerator “1776” and people will think, “I see what you did there.”Washington is, of course, the US capital, and(...)

NDRC chief executive Ben Hurley. The is on the hunt for start-ups to take part in science venture accelerator VentureLab. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) is on the hunt for start-ups to take part in science venture accelerator VentureLab.NDRC VentureLab is tar(...)

Chief executive of NDRC Ben Hurley:    “The market capital of ventures in the NDRC portfolio similarly experienced massive growth, trebling in just one year to €120 million.”

Start-ups and emerging companies supported by the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) attracted €40 million in commercial investment last year, a(...)

NDRC chief executive Ben Hurley said the ranking provided further confirmation of the central place the centre maintains in the global innovation ecosystem. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) has been ranked in the top 2.5 per cent of incubators worldwide, and is the only Irish incubator ran(...)

Oisin Ryan and Ranga Vadhineni of Localmint
New Innovator: Localmint

Two years ago, Ranga Vadhineni needed to locate an out-of-hours pharmacy in a hurry when his son became very ill. He assumed the internet would be the(...)

Accenture and its Leaders of Tomorrow (from left): Nubi Kay, Mark Ryan, country managing director Accenture, and Alex Keaney. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

A new smartphone app that will streamline the various text and messaging services on a phone into one unified feed has won UCD Smurfit School s(...)

Accenture client director Colin Ryan: “We look for entries fromfinal-year students in November,and we judge these and shortlist a number of them to go throughto the second round”

A digital speech and language therapy solution, an online vehicle maintenance application, a new messaging app, a system to curate specific com(...)

Robert Fenton: “The market is  wide open for us. Our main  competitor is paper.”
New Innovators: ZenDoc

Robert Fenton is a pharmacist by profession but an entrepreneur by nature. Fenton set up his first company at the age of 22 and his latest vent(...)

National Digital Research Centre chief executive Ben Hurley (left) with  Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte and NDRC chairman Sean Baker at the launch of the NDRC annual report. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The National Digital Research Centre is getting an additional €17.5 million in investment from the Government as the organisation continues to support(...)