8 Irish start-ups with a chance to be the next global tech innovator

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KPMG is back with the Irish leg of its Global Tech Innovator 2022 competition, and eight Irish start-ups are getting ready to battle it out to bag the top spot in the finals next week.

In its second year now, the Ireland qualifier will take place next Thursday (2 June) in a pitching event that will be broadcast online. The eight start-ups based across the island were selected from more than 40 entries this year.

The winner will represent Ireland at the Global Tech Innovator competition at Web Summit in Lisbon this November, competing with 22 other countries and jurisdictions for the top prize.

Judges for the Ireland finals include Microsoft general manager Anne Sheehan, eShopWorld CEO and founder Tommy Kelly, Atlantic Bridge managing partner and co-founder Elaine Coughlan, Broadstone founding partner Chris McClelland, and KPMG Ireland managing partner Seamus Hand.

Here we take a closer look at the eight start-ups that could be Ireland’s shot at becoming the next global tech innovator.

Akara Robotics

Trinity spin-out Akara is a growing Irish robotics start-up has built a fully autonomous UV disinfection robot called Violet, which aims to reduce turnaround times in clinical settings.

It recently bagged a spot in an EIT Health accelerator, granting it direct access to key European stakeholders to test its product at Tartu University Hospital in Estonia.


Angoka is an internet of things security company focused on protecting machine-to-machine communications for smart cities and mobility. The Belfast-based start-up develops technology that protects devices’ identities and safeguards critical communications integrity and data provenance. It has offices in London and The Hague.


This NovaUCD start-up is developing an AI-powered software for drug researchers to predict how a drug molecule will behave in all of its possible crystalline states. Using a combination of machine learning, quantum simulation and cloud computing, BioSimulytics helps biopharma companies get new drugs to the market much faster.

The start-up raised €595,000 in seed funding last September led by a number of angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.


EquiTrace has developed technology that tracks a horse’s health, identity and whereabouts with microchip scanners. Founded in 2019 by equine experts Kevin and Jennifer Corley, the platform is designed to work even in environments with limited internet availability, such as stud farms.


Kinzen is a technology platform that combines human experience with machine learning to help people who keep online communities safe from harmful content, such as safety professionals, content moderators and public policy makers. It was founded by Áine Kerr, Mark Little and Paul Watson.


This proptech start-up provides a secure and transparent way for people to make offers to buy or rent real estate. Used by property agents in multiple countries, Offr ensure that all buyers are financially qualified, and their offers are verified and published in real time. It secured €3m in a funding round in August 2020, amid growing demand for online property sale.


Limerick-headquartered Provizio has developed a proprietary accident prevention technology platform that aims to reduce the human error that causes the majority of road deaths. The platform predicts and prevents automotive accidents in real-time using proprietary long range imaging sensors and AI.

It was founded in 2019 by former Arralis CEO Barry Lunn and has offices in Belfast and Pittsburgh.

Zoan Biomed

This sustainability-focused medtech start-up develops safe, naturally-derived osteogenic medical devices to improve the lives of patients with bone issues.

Zoan has built one of the world’s first indoor coral production systems in Connemara. It recently partnered Sweden’s Cellink to use the harvested coral to 3D-print human bone grafts.

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