Addaptiv - William Nolan

ignite participant“Addaptiv Ltd.” is establishing an Industry 4.0 Design & Manufacturing centre for customers, who can realise the benefits from Additive Manufacturing. 

William completed a BSc (Manufacturing & Operations Engineering) at UL in 2012.

Alex's Adventure - Nicole Ryan

Alex’s Adventure aims to educate post primary students on substance misuse and the real-life effects their choices have.

Nicole started Alex's Adventure after tragically losing her 18 year old brother to a synthetic drug overdose at a party. The tragedy motivated her to change the way young people learn about drugs, to provide unbiased and factual information in an age appropriate format to better inform young peoples’ decisions.

Nicole completed a BEng (Marine & Plant Engineering) at Cork Institute of Technology in 2015 and is completing a Diploma in Substance Misuse & Addiction Studies in University College Cork.

Allmin Resources Ireland Ltd - Alpa Agrawal

IGNITE Alumni - Alpa AgrawalAllmin Resources Ireland Ltd is a chemical product development company that provides modified inorganic magnesium related products for different applications to wholesalers and retailers markets worldwide.

Alpa completed a B.Tech Chemical Engineering at the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, India and an MSc (Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship) at University College Cork in 2014.

Altitude Analytics - Tomás Kelly

IGNITE Alumni Tomas KellyAltitude Analytics builds location analytics solutions for businesses combining geographical information systems (GIS), data analytics and machine learning technologies to support business decision making.

Tomás holds an MPhil (Geography), MA (European Studies) and BA (Mathematics and Geography) from University College Cork.

AnaBio Technologies Ltd - Dr Sinéad (Doherty) Bleiel

AnaBio Technologies Ltd provides micro-encapsulation expertise and contract manufacturing solutions for the food, pharmaceutical and animal health sectors. The company’s core technologies are patented for the stabilisation, protection and targeted release of sensitive ingredients.

Sinéad holds a BSc in Food Science from the University College Dublin, an MSc in Protein Chemistry from Michigan State University, USA and a PhD in Microencapsulation from University College Cork, Ireland.

ApisProtect Ltd - Dr Fiona Edwards-Murphy

ApisProtect Ltd uses unique, innovative technology to help beekeepers prevent losses and increase productivity in their hives.

Fiona holds a BE (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) from University College Cork. Her PhD research focused on applications of Wireless Sensor Networks (IoT) for honey bee health with Embedded Systems group in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the School of Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University College Cork.

AUTHOR International - Jen Martin

AUTHOR International is a Corporate English Institute preparing your staff linguistically & psychologically for high-stake communication.

Jen completed an MA (Applied Psychology) at UCC in 2018.

Basevault - Niall Crowley

Basevault ( is a modular capital markets technology platform that makes it easier for companies, such as wealth management firms, brokers, and banks, to automate internal processes and deliver new experiences to clients.

Niall completed a BSc (Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science) at UCC in 2017.

Bitcove - James and Peter Nagle

James and Peter Nagle have been on the fore of cryptocurrency developments in Ireland. Their website,, is a trading platform for Bitcoin.

James holds a BSc (Computer Science) from University College Cork and Peter holds a BCL and an MBS (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems) both from University College Cork.

Bumblebee Flower Farm - Mags Riordan

Bumblebee Flower Farm is an ethical, sustainable flower farm that promotes and protects biodiversity by cultivating the most breathtakingly beautiful nectar rich blooms. Mags is qualified in horticulture, a professional florist and the leading expert on edible flowers in Ireland.

Mags completed the Diploma in Speciality Food Production at University College Cork in 2018 and developed Bumblebee Flower Farm’s values and proposition over the IGNITE programme in 2019.

Cardio Flourish - Kevin Murphy

Cardio Flourish is a web based platform which provides remote cardiac rehabilitation and allows for efficient monitoring between therapist and client, offering an alternative to institutional based cardiac rehab.

Kevin completed a BSc (Health&Leisure) at ITT in 2019.

CulturePro - Dr Marie-Therese Shortt

CulturePro is an online intercultural learning platform designed to improve employee communications, productivity and profit in multinational companies and teams.

Marie-Therese holds a PhD from the University for the Creative Arts/University of Brighton.

Da Silly Heads - Daniel O'Mahony and Michal Sikora

Da Silly Heads is a forward-thinking social enterprise, aiming to create communities of mental health advocates.







Desdi - James O'Brien

DESDI connects architects and designers to clients in real time, with data held in an accessible and comprehensive database. 

James completed an MA (Architecture) at UCC IN 2018.

Eclipse Sleep Bliss Ltd - Eric Teahan

Eclipse Sleep Bliss : a Smart Health company developing Smart Sleeping Masks to improve the health of others through better sleep. 

Eric completed an MSc (Marketing  Practice) at MTU in 2020.

EziVein - Marie Casey

EziVein is a medical aid designed to enhance the visibility of a vein to reduce the time and trauma for a blood draw or IV cannulation in the 35% of patients who suffer from DVA (diffculty vein access).

Marie Casey is the CEO of McAS Design Ltd. She holds BSc (Ind. Prod. Design), HDip (Occupational H&S) and MSc (Public Health) from University College Cork.

Indielink - Cian O'Shea


“IndieLink” is a Social Network for Game Developers. A platform where people can share ideas, work together and collaborate on projects.

Cian completed a BE (Electrical & Electronic) at UCC in 2017.

LegitFit - Ryan O'Neill and Ian O'Sullivan


Legit Fit was founded on the basis of one key ambition, to create a greater experience for both professionals and enthusiasts of the Health, Fitness & Wellness Industry

The business was developed on the basis of the founders' experience of the fitness industry, both as personal trainers and as consumers.

Ryan and Ian joined IGNITE in 2018. 

Lovato Candles - Jason Hamilton-Foott


Lovato Candles is a luxury collection of Irish- made candles and other scented products that boast a contemporary, sophisticated design.

The range is inspired by the beauty of nature of West-Cork and Jason's love of travel. 

Jason joined IGNITE in 2018 as an associate when completing the work placement element of his BComm. 

Neurobell - Mark O'Sullivan


Neurobell is developing a diagnostic medical device for the early detection and monitoring of brain injuries in newborns.


Mark is a PhD research student in the INFANT Research Centre and Embedded Systems Research Group in UCC as an IRC Postgraduate Scholar.

OnTheQT - Stephanie Lynch

Logo OntheQT is an innovative multimedia content company that showcases and promotes off the beaten track locations in Ireland and abroad.

Stephanie came up with the idea during a summer spent working in Cape Cod, USA, where she met great friends who showed her the hidden gems known only to the locals. She returned to Ireland determined to ensure that visitors here don’t miss out on Ireland’s hidden gems.

Stephanie completed a BA (TV, Radio & New Media Broadcasting) at the Institute of Technology Tralee in 2012.

Ocean Research Consultants - Emer Keaveney

Ocean Research Consultants (ORC) aims to monitor and minimise disturbance to marine wildlife through education, research and technology. ORC provides bespoke ecological monitoring, moving away from traditional labour intensive methods using accurate remote sensing technologies, reducing the costs and risks to human safety for wildlife surveys required as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Emer completed an MSc (Marine Biology) at UCC in 2016.

Pair Share - Mafalda Hruskova


“Pair Share” is a social platform connecting micro-influencers to other influencers, allowing them to grow their following.


Mafalda completed a BA (Criminology) at UCC in 2019.

ParadeRing - Padraig O’Sullivan

Logo Parade Ring

ParadeRing is an online thoroughbred catalogue for buying and selling horses. The business provides small to medium sized breeders and trainers a platform to sell their horses in a more cost effective and time efficient manner.

Padraig completed a BSc (Business Information Systems) in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics of Business Practice at University College Cork in 2010.

Peckish - Paul O'Shea

Peckish is online platform that connects restaurants to consumers with different lifestyles and dietary requirements. This menu and sales optimization platform allows restaurants to promote their unique dishes, updates and offers to specific target markets and is provided with live in-depth consumer analytics.

Paul completed a BSc (Computer Science) at University College Cork in 2018.

Perkforce - Albert Williams



Perkforce empowers employers to attract and retain their workforce in a highly competitive recruitment market. 

Perkforce provides a simple and effective benefits and perks management platform which increases employee engagement and wellness, while contributing to a positive company culture. 

Albert completed an MSc in Cloud Computing at Cork Instiute of Technology in 2018 following a 25 year career in IT.

PitSeal - Marion Cantillon

Pitseal ( is edible biofilm that replaces plastic sheeting in the silage process.Reducing plastic waste and improving greenhouse gas emissions in farming.Transforming farming into a more sustainable and eco friendly operation


Marion completed a BSc(Hons) in Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship at UCC in 2020 and is currently completing a PGDip in Nutrition Sciences researching biofilm technologies at UCC.

Portable Medical Technology Ltd - Kevin Bambury & Eoin O’Carroll


Logo Portable Medical 

Portable Medical Technologies Ltd develops smartphone apps for specialist medical applications. The apps help to reduce medical errors, improve efficiencies and patient communication in clinical settings.

The business was founded by Kevin Bambury and Eoin O’Carroll in 2011. The first product, ONCOAssist, a CE approved decision support application for oncology professionals, evolved from a project they completed as part of their MBS (E-Business).

Kevin had previously completed a BA (English & Geography) a University College Cork in 2005 while Eoin completed a BE (Civil) at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2006.

PowerThru Golf - Aidan Power


“PowerThru Golf” is an “all-in-one” golf club administration management platform. We offer one solution that caters for all of a club’s administration needs - competition/handicap management, membership management, tee time management, digital scoring, EPOS and pace of play management


Aidan completed a BSc (BIS) at UCC in 2019.


Punditarena - Ross O’Dwyer & Richard Barrett


Logo Pundit Arena

Pundit Arena is an online sports media platform that enables sports enthusiasts to publish features and opinion pieces. Pundit Arena empowers people to become paid sports journalists by monetising their content on the company’s interactive social platform.

Co-founders Ross O’Dwyer completed a BComm at University College Cork in 2013 and Richard Barrett completed a BEd (Sports Studies and Physical Education) at University College Cork in 2012.

QuickMinutes - Danny O’Donovan

Logo Quick Minutes

QuickMinutes provides a comprehensive committee management platform for large public and private sector organisations. Danny initially identified the need for a project management platform when he was President of the Students’ Union at Cork Institute Of Technology. QuickMinutes, with a specific focus on committee management, was developed from this original idea.

Danny O’Donovan holds a BBus from Cork Institute Of Technology.

Reach The Top - Patrick O'Regan

ReachTheTop is a platform to streamline the NCAA recruitment process.


Patrick completed a BA (English & History) at UCC in 2018.

Safe Care - Ali-Rose Sisk

SafeCare is developing software that aims to revolutionise care home management through digitalisation.

Ali-Rose completed an MSc (Medicine and Health) at UCC in 2019. - Colin Curran is a shopping platform that makes online bargain hunting for clothing items easy. Products from the sale and clearance sections of online clothing retailers are displayed on Customers can easily browse and compare products from many different stores without the need to visit each store individually.

Colin completed an MSc (Computer Science) from University College Cork in 2018.

Setlist - David Killoughy & Jordan Morrison

 “Setlist” is a platform that leverages music streaming service data and proprietary group music recommendation systems to deliver an enhanced music experience for consumers and commercial customers.


David completed a BSc (Computer Science) at UCC in 2019 and Jordan is completing a BSc in BIS at UCC.

Sigma Nutrition - Danny Lennon

Logo SIGMA Nutrition

Sigma Nutrition is an online resource centre that provides coaches and advanced trainees/athletes with cutting-edge nutrition information. Clients have access to quality content, a screening tool to identify client needs, personalised nutrition plans, a Q&A forum and private consultancy sessions.

Danny has a BSc (Biological & Physical Sciences) from the University of Limerick and an MSc (Nutritional Sciences) from University College Cork.

Signifence - John Cal Kelleher



Signifence is an internet of things based electric fence management system that allows farmers to monitor and control electric fences from a smartphone. 

Frequent shocks and search and rescue operations at dawn led to John Cal Kelleher's idea for Signifence. 

John completed a BSc Physics and Maths at UCC in 2017. - Mike McGrath

Logo Supply ie

Mike McGrath founded in 2011 to link SMEs with local providers of general office supplies at competitive prices. At the core of the business is an online platform that allows SMEs to request quotes and suppliers to make offers.

Mike has subsequently gone on to launch a procurement consultancy business, AVRO Cost Management.

Mike completed an MBS (E-commerce) at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2007 and a BBS at the University of Limerick in 2005.

Talivest - Jayne Ronayne

UrYearBook is a website that helps students compile graduation yearbooks that was co-founded by Jayne Ronayne and Dave Murray in 2012. 

Jayne Ronayne subsequently went on to co-found KonnectAgain with Helen O’Flynn. KonnectAgain is a secure and intuitive cloud-based platform designed to allow large organisations to leverage human capital for recruitment, referrals, business development, industry insights & brand ambassadorship. The business was later repositioned and rebranded Talivest.

Jayne completed a BSc (Government) in 2012.

T4 Adventure - Jennifer Hurley


T4Adventure is a delicious range of lightweight, quick-cooking breakfasts, entrees and snack that nourish, satiate and reward high performers eating outside. Their freeze-dried provisions are packed in a biodegradeable pouch so anyone can Eat Well. Pack Light. Leave No Trace. 

While backpacking around Ireland, Jenn identified a lack of high qualilty food options that met her needs. After further research, she identified a market opportunity. 

Jenn holds a Diploma in Speciality Food Production from UCC. 

Techvie - Conor Hayes

MedTechvie is a modern SaaS platform dedicated to the medical device industry, which allowing sales teams to find and convert new customers easily through aggregation of data from multiple online channels, & trade events.

Conor completed a BSc (Digital Technology, Design & Innovation) at DIT in 2017

Tech Walk - Alex Thomas


“”, a platform available on a mobile app, website & Amazon Alexa. It is a voice first e-learning platform to help people up-skill in areas such as software engineering & cloud computing without using a screen.


Alex completed an MSc (Software Development) at CIT in 2018.

Teleatherapy - Clare Meskill

Teleatherapy is a MedTech company that provides voice therapy to individuals with Parkinson’s disease.






Refractd - Eoin Buckley and Daniel Keane Kelly

Refractd builds enterprise tools for data privacy and compliance.






Traxsit - Luke O'Mahony and Conor Walsh

Traxsit has developed an asset management solution that provides construction, agricultural and plant hire companies with remote visibility on the location of their assets.


Luke O’Mahony completed a BSc (Accounting) at University College Cork and Conor Walsh completed a BEng (Electronic Eng) at Cork Institute of Technology.

TrustAp - Conor Lyden

Logo trustap

TrustAp is a platform that eliminates the risk of scams and fraud occurring in peer to peer transactions. The platform holds payments in escrow until goods have been received and validated.

Conor holds a BE (Civil, Structural and Environmental Eng) from University College Cork.

Uniwink - Sarah Dineen

Logos UniWink Amplify is a social media platform that allows third level students to share lecture notes and course material, swap items and skills, seek jobs, share news and access deals.

Founder Sarah Dineen subsequently went on to found the Amplify Digital Marketing Conference and digital media agency SocialQue.

Sarah completed a BComm at University College Cork in 2013.

Vconnecta - Brendan Finucane

Logo Vconnecta

Vconnecta is a mobile and cloud-based community engagement platform that provides real-time insights generated from data collected in the field. This helps businesses, organisations and community activists connect with, hear and respond to local communities.

Vconnecta was founded by Brendan Finucane in 2013 and evolved from Brendan’s final year project completed as part of his BSc (Business Information Systems) at University College Cork.

Yooni - Nathan Mayes and Darragh Lucey

Yooni is a student engagement platform that helps Higher Education Institutes increase annual student fee revenue by attracting and retaining students.

Co-founders Darragh Lucey and Nathan Mayes both graduated with First Class Honours degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College Cork in 2017, and subsequently took a year to backpack around the world. They
developed the original concept while backpacking in Peru in 2018, pitched via Skype, and returned to join IGNITE later that year.

UrAbility - James Northridge

UrAbility is reinventing the way parents and educators support children with disabilities, enhancing the learning experience with an online training and support model. UrAbility’s online platform uses algorithms to auto assign online courses and advise on assistive technologies based on users’ technical abilities, spoken language, and location.

James completed an MSc (Rehabilitation & Disability Studies) at UCD 2014

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