According to John Kennedy, Irish start-ups have never been more potent and relevant, and a defining feature of the ones to watch in 2019 is their embrace of deep tech.
"It is a fascinating time to be an Irish start-up. The benefits of a strong research ecosystem, a flourishing multinational environment and the sheer desire among entrepreneurs to succeed are clearly evident.
What is characteristic about this year’s 30 to watch is the shift away from generic business solutions and apps to more focused, data-ingrained, deep-tech platforms involving artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, virtual reality (VR), data science, the internet of things (IoT) and photonics.
Another characteristic is the increasing number of start-ups that are women-led or that include women on the founding team. Outstanding start-up founders such as Nuritas’s Nora Khaldi, Skmmp’s Aileen Carville, Popertee’s Lucinda Kelly and VR Education Holdings’ Sandra Whelan, to name a few, demonstrate the calibre of leadership that has emerged."
See the full list of of start-ups here.