Irish Businesses Need Your Vote for Voom 2018

-        Public voting for Virgin Media Business’ Voom 2018 competition closes May 15th at 7pm

-        Top 80 UK & Irish applicants with the most votes go through to semi-final judging round on May 21st

-        Top 6 applicants from semi-finals get to pitch in front of Sir Richard Branson for share of €1.1M+ prize pot.

 

9th May 2018: Irish businesses from across the country are looking for your vote for their business proposals in the UK & Ireland’s biggest pitching competition, Voom Pitch 2018, with a prize pot worth over €1.1M.

 

Launched on the 7th March 2018, Voom 2018 is a business pitching competition like no other. Global brands including PayPal and PwC have teamed up with Virgin Media Business to give Irish and UK businesses the chance to pitch their business ideas to an esteemed panel of celebrity judges including Sir Richard Branson.

 

Irish businesses have been applying for their place in the competition since launch date and with the application window now closed, they are looking for you to support them by voting for their business ideas.

 

This year’s competition is broken into two categories, ‘Small Businesses’ with 1-19 employees and ‘Medium Businesses’ with 20-250 employees. The 40 companies with the most votes in each category will go through to the semi-final judging round in Manchester on May 21st where they’ll have to do their best to impress the panel of judges and land one of the 6 coveted places in the final in London on May 23rd.

 

This year’s Irish applicants come from all across the country including entries from Dublin, Cork, Laois and Waterford. Examples of the Irish businesses that are looking for your vote are Ruban.ie, which promotes rural and urban businesses, clubs, councils, tourist attractions and services from every town in Ireland, in one accessible online location and Property Bridges which is an innovative peer to peer platform for construction finance. Other Irish entries include Kotanical, CleverBooks, I Am Who She Creates, Junior Einsteins, UseBecause.com, Hublio, Coindrum, AAMcEvoy, Mood2Go, Kickabout App, Organic Hair Removal, UGL.ie and International Celebration of Dyslexia Event, (additional info can be found in the table below.)

 

Speaking about this year’s Irish applicants to Voom 2018, Paul Farrell, VP of Commercial at Virgin Media said: “We’re looking for the most disruptive, original business ideas to bring to the table at this year’s Voom Pitch competition and fly the flag for Ireland in what is one of the biggest pitching competitions of its kind.”

 

“We’ve had strong representation in 2016 where seven of the top 40 companies in the competition came from Ireland, and we want to increase on that success this year.” He added.

 

Last Year, Coroflo, a Dublin-based medtech firm that has developed the world’s first accurate breastfeeding monitor, was crowned winner of the Dublin Voom Pitch Tour heat and walked away with €6,000 and an exclusive lunch with Richard Branson. In 2016, Irish start-up FoodCloud reached the final pitch of VOOM in front of Richard Branson finishing with a fantastic second place, securing the company €25,000, a Virgin Media Business broadband package, mentoring and brand support.

 

For more information on Voom 2018 and to vote for your favourite Irish application, visit https://voom.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitches

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Below is a breakdown of each of the Irish applicants for this year’s competition. Interview opportunities are available upon request:

 

 

Company

Link

Bio

UGLIE’s

Here

UGLIE's goal is to reduce food waste and alleviate poverty by saving and converting safe but unwanted edible fruit and vegetables into baby food for a better future. Pledge

Kickabout

Here

Kickabout was born out of the frustration of the founding teams inability to find enough players to play our weekly 5-a-side. There was no lack of footballers out there, but there was an inability to find them on short notice.

Ruban 

Here

RUBAN promotes rural and urban businesses, clubs, councils, tourist attractions and services from every town in Ireland, in one accessible online location. Our name comes from a combination of Rural and Urban.

Junior Einsteins

Here

Inspiring a love of science and learning in naturally curious children through hands -on interactive experiments in amazing science events.

Mood2go

Here

We live in a fast paced world where people want everything on the move. Imagine a device that enables you to Diffuse "your mood" to go.

Coindrum           

Here

Coindrum operates across 7 countries and 10 international airports, including the world’s biggest in Dubai. We are backed by travel tech veterans including the founders of Ryanair, Hostelworld, CarTrawler and more.

AAMcEvoy

 

Here

AAMcEvoy is a premium Irish organic clothing brand for babies and children for 0-3years. All of our products are designed and crafted in Ireland, this is very important to me. Our focus is on quality, craftsmanship, contemporary design and super soft cloth. We only use super soft GOTS organic cloth.    

UseBecause.com

 

Here

UseBecause.com convert existing soft skill business books into online, interactive certified courses so that users can learn, retain and use the experience and knowledge of subject matter experts in a fraction of the time it takes to read the book.

Hublio

Here

Insurance robo-advisor for end-customers, brokers and insurers.

CleverBooks

Here

CleverBooks is a collection of educational texts that use augmented reality to bring a bit of Harry Potter-style magic to the classroom.

Kotanical

 

Here

KOTANICAL aims to establish Ireland as a transparent essential oil hub where botanicals meet innovation, one seed at a time.

International Celebration of Dyslexia

Here

International Celebration of Dyslexia is a Dublin-based organisation looking to organise a bespoke event for dyslexic people, especially children.

I am who she creates

Here

In I Am She Who Creates, I consciously take a female perspective, as the way a woman navigates her goals, needs and challenges can be quite different to the male experience.

Organic Hair Removal

Here

Two sisters on a mission to find a pain free, chemical free, easy to use at home hair removal solution.

Property Bridges

Here

Property Bridges is a peer to peer platform for construction finance. With banks pulling out of the market following the crash, developers around the country are unable to undertake attractive real estate projects due to a lack of finance.

 

ENDS

 

About Virgin Media

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We help create a digital world that makes good things happen: for our customers and the communities in which we operate.   Our multi award-winning services: broadband, TV, mobile and home phone connect thousands of people across Ireland.  But we’re not finished, we’re extending our network reach so that more communities and enjoy the benefits of the fastest widely available broadband speeds from only one provider in Ireland.

Virgin Media acquired TV3 and UTV Ireland which now operates under the TV3 Group to become Ireland’s number one commercial broadcaster.  As Ireland’s number one commercial broadcaster, TV3 operates three free-to-air channels - TV3, 3e and Be3 and is a significant investor in home produced content – across news, current affairs and drama. 

 

Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.

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