Apis Protect shortlisted in the Cork Chamber Cork Company of the year 2018 Awards
IGNITE start-up Apis Protect has been shortlisted in the Cork Chamber Cork Company of the Year 2018 awards in the Best Emerging Company category.
This nomination follows in the footsteps of Pundit Arena and Vconnecta nominated in the category 2017 and category winner AnaBio Technologies in 2016.
The winners of this year's competition will be announced at the Cork Chamber Annual Dinner in Cork City Hall on 2nd February 2018.
In 2013, Fiona Edwards Murphy began her doctoral research into the application of sensors and networking in honey bee hives.
The Kanturk native’s name has long been whispered within academic, student, and business circles as one associated with ingenuity, innovation, and savvy. Her research, and application of it, was seen as one of the most exciting in years to come out of University College Cork’s IGNITE programme.
The project received international recognition, including at least eight academic publications and awards from the likes of the Irish Research Council, IBM, and Google.
Currently, ApisProtect helps commercial and amateur beekeepers managing 81m beehives around the world — who are losing up to half their colonies each year — to reduce losses and increase productivity in their hives.
ApisProtect uses in-hive Internet of Things (IoT) enabled sensors, machine learning, and world-class beekeeping knowledge to help beekeepers identify hive problems, diseases, and pests.
It allows beekeepers to evaluate the productivity of their beehives in terms of pollination or honey production.
It also helps beekeepers to make faster and more effective decisions on beekeeping actions, and assists beekeepers to act early to reduce or prevent beehive events which would otherwise cause large-scale colony losses.
Ms Edwards Murphy said being nominated in the Emerging Category of the Cork Company of the Year Awards was a tremendous boost for the young business.
“We’re thrilled to be selected as a finalist for emerging company of the year. We’ve come so far in our first year of business, and the support from the Cork business community has been amazing,” she said.