Two imaginative Galway start-ups were among the companies honoured for their efforts at the finals of the 2017 AIB Start-up Academy last week. Galway city native Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels was named runner up along with former Connacht Rugby player Michael Swift of Frankman in a competition which was won by Kevin Kelleher, CEO and co-founder of Limerick-based company, Ostoform. Over 300 guests attended the event at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin, which was hosted by broadcaster Gráinne Seoige. The 14 finalists each delivered a five-minute elevator pitch about their business and then faced a further five-minute Q&A session with an expert judging panel. Now in its third year, the AIB Start-up Academy received almost 500 applications from businesses across the country. These entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of 22, from which ten were chosen. A further four start-ups were selected at the regional AIB Start-up Academy Summits in Galway, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. The final 14 start-ups then took part in a comprehensive eight-week strategic training and mentoring programme on topics such as networking, data analytics, design thinking, finance, marketing and social media. Izzy Wheels are a range of personalised spoke guards for wheelchairs. The idea for Izzy's Wheels was inspired by Ailbhe’s sister, Isabel, who was born with Spina Bifida and as a result is paralysed from her waist down. Izzy Wheels has seasonal collections or someone can create their own. Izzy Wheels have developed a campaign called the Wheel Design Workshop which offer the children of the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin the opportunity to decorate and design their own wheels. For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Galway’s pioneering enterpreneurs make final cut at Academy awards

Two imaginative Galway start-ups were among the companies honoured for their efforts at the finals of the 2017 AIB Start-up Academy last week. Galway city native Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels was named runner up...
GoBus.ie founder and Managing Director Jim Burke (centre) alongside his sons Dara, Transport Manager (left) and Donal. Fleet Engineer. Photo:Andrew Downes, Xposure

Galway bus firm’s €3m investment

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Connacht Rugby coach Pat Lam and All Star hurler Joe Canning

Canning joins Lam for Galway business event

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Mary Tierney of Galway Hospice accepts a cheque from Ipswitch executives Joe Krivickas and John McArdle, joined by the rest of the Ipswitch Galway team.

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Galway groups in the money

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