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Top ten finalists in Wicklow’s Brightest start-up award

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Top ten finalists in Wicklow’s Brightest start-up award

Letsshop.ie

Letsshop.ie developed an online platform for local retailers to trade online to their customers in the local community giving these smaller retailers an opportunity to compete with the bigger retail outlets.

What the judges said:

Letsshop.ie have shown great insight identifying an online niche for delivering locally and quickly.  In doing so, they are supporting small local business and customers at home unable to travel.  They have also created an online platform to encourage smaller retailers to avail of a new customer base”  … Blaise Treacy, Chairman Wicklow Enterprise Park

Inside Out Nutrition

Inside Out Nutrition provide nutritional advice for issues ranging from weight management to sports nutrition.  These can take the form of private sessions, seminars or corporate wellness days.

What the judges said:

This company identified a definite gap in the market and demonstrated great innovation in designing their portion control products. They have passion, drive & determination and deserve their place on the short list”…Ciara O’Connor, CEO, East Coast FM

Showoff

Showoff are a one-stop-shop provider of technical support including Web Design, Prototyping, App development and Search Engine Optimization to name just a few of their services.

What the judges said:

Showoff have demonstrated remarkable growth in a very short time, creating valuable jobs in Wicklow. Their intense focus on research and development and their ambitious vision for growth ensure an exciting future for the company.” …Sheelagh Daly, Head of Local Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Wicklow

Fatbike Adventures

Fatbike Adventures offer a fleet of fatbikes (mountain bikes with huge 5” tyres) for mountain and even beach guided tours throughout Wicklow.

What the judges said:

Fatbike Adventures have shown great foresight in targeting the booming tourism sector and taking advantage of Ireland’s Ancient East marketing programme. It is particularly impressive that they have identified a radically different offering in such a well-established and competitive market.”…

Blaise Treacy, Chairman Wicklow Enterprise Park

Daisy Chain Crafts

Daisy Chain Crafts is a family run business making 100% natural soaps, bath salts and pure beeswax candles from locally sources ingredients.

What the judges said:

Daisy Chain Crafts demonstrates the key entrepreneurial characteristics of a clear vision backed up by sheer determination and persistence. Their focus on exceptional quality and customer service make them stand out from the crowd” …Sheelagh Daly, Head of Local Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Wicklow

Pure Fitness

Pure Fitness offer top level tailored fitness and nutritional programmes at affordable prices.

What the judges said:

Pure Fitness have demonstrated a strong work ethic and a clear understanding of their clients’ needs by having very long opening hours and designing bespoke fitness programmes to suit all levels of fitness.”…Ciara O’Connor, CEO, East Coast FM

The Sports Room

The Sports Room are a technical sports shop catering for all sports but specialising in running, biking and swimming.  They also do bike repair, racket restringing and gait analysis.

What the judges said:

The Sports Room has taken a traditional business and revolutionized it. Their innovative approach of desig- led thinking, use of technology and continuous improvement combined with a genuine commitment to understanding and fulfilling the needs of their customers sets this business apart” …Sheelagh Daly, Head of Local Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Wicklow

Wicklow Brewery

Wicklow Brewery produces a selection of variously styled craft beers which they supply to bars and hotels across Wicklow

What the judges said:

Wicklow Brewery have shown great innovation in developing a unique product and utilising their existing businesses to offer an all- round visitor experience. They have an excellent marketing strategy and are developing a great personality for their brand through their merchandising and beer tasting sessions.” …Ciara O’Connor, CEO, East Coast FM

The Birds and the Teas

The Birds and the Teas make a range of handmade, slow-cooked, chutneys, relishes and preserves available at numerous outlets including farmers markets.

What the judges said:

The Birds and the Teas shows remarkable business acumen in seeking out a gap in the market in an area they are passionate about.  It is said if you love your work, you will never work another day in your life.  As the Birds and the Teas has shown, this same passion also drives growth and success”…Blaise Treacy, Chairman Wicklow Enterprise Park

Popertee

Popertee is an online marketplace connecting brands with spaces. The business helps companies secure a physical presence for their brand quickly and cost effectively.

What the judges said:

Popertee is a truly innovative new technology company already gaining ground in the market and with strong potential to internationalise. One to watch!”…Sheelagh Daly, Head of Local Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Wicklow


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