Three Kildare companies make it through to Google Adopt A Startup programme

Companies to receive mentoring and assistance at Google's Dublin HQ

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Three Kildare companies make it through to Google Adopt A Startup programme

Matthew McCann and Donal McClean of Kildare based Access Earth with James Allen and Rebecca Walsh, Program Managers of Google’s Adopt A Startup

Three Kildare companies have made it through to this autumn’s Google Adopt A Startup programme.

Some 26 startups from across Ireland and four from Europe are currently taking part in an intensive 12-week mentoring programme, and will attend lectures and workshops at the internet giant’s Dublin offices.

The Kildare companies taking part are:

Access Earth, based in Celbridge, which has developed an app that lets users find and rate places by their accessibility needs.

Beauty Buddy, based at Maynooth University. The company is developing an app that allows users to scan the barcode of a beauty item to access usage instructions, reviews and other information, plus create a virtual ‘makeup bag’.

Tixserve, based in Clane, which has created a secure digital ticket fulfilment platform. 

At the end of the twelve weeks, eight startups will get the opportunity to showcase their results from the programme and pitch their business to the panel of judges which includes senior members of Google Ireland’s leadership team and prominent figures from the Irish startup community.

The winning startup will receive €10,000 in AdWords credit as well as eligibility for the Google Cloud programme which comes with $100,000 Google Cloud credit. One company will also win three months free hot desking in Dogpatch Labs, a Google For Entrepreneurs partner.

Edel O’Shea, Tracy Leavy and Wendy Slattery of Kildare based BeautyBuddy with James Allen and Rebecca Walsh, Program Managers of Google’s Adopt A Startup

Paddy Flynn, Director, Google said: “Dublin is lauded for its strong start-up ecosystem, so for Google, it's really important that we reach out to support the many vibrant startups located outside Dublin. Half of the startups in our Autumn programme are located in the regions and we're excited to see this diverse regional spread. It's reflecting the strong entrepreneurial mind-set emerging across the country. We also have four category winners from the European Digital Top 50 competition taking part in this year’s edition of the programme.”

The programme has been in existence for six years.