August 5, 2021

11 start-ups get green light to step up with NDRC – Latest News

Dogpatch Labs announced the first cohort of the NDRC Accelerator Program which it resumed late last year.

When Dogpatch Labs and its regional hubs took over the government-backed startup accelerator from the NDRC, the decision was made to give the program a makeover for 2021.

The result was a record number of applications for the latest NDRC accelerator. Out of 500 candidates, 100 were selected for an interview before being reduced to this latest cohort of 11 start-ups.

“Our revamped accelerator offering attracts top talent representing the next generation of the ecosystem,” said Patrick Walsh, Founder and CEO of Dogpatch Labs.

“For example, there are two separate teams founded by experienced engineers from Intercom – Ireland’s first unicorn. Another with a former Stripe engineer. These are unicorns that create unicorns.

Each start-up selected for the NDRC accelerator will benefit from an investment of € 100,000 under SAFE conditions.

They will now embark on a six-month mentor-led program that will be conducted virtually while based at Dogpatch Labs in the Dublin docks.

Dedicated entrepreneurs-in-residence will meet with the start-ups once a week, and they will also have one-on-one meetings with over 40 mentors, including Áine Kerr from Kinzen and Bobby Healy from Manna Aero.

In September, the 11 start-ups of the NDRC accelerator will present their work during a mid-term demonstration day that will also be hosted virtually.

Data vessels

Dataships, backed by Enterprise Ireland, is a Dublin-based company that strives to automate data privacy compliance. From privacy policies to cookie consent tools, from GDPR to CCPA, Dataships aims to make things simple for SMBs.

This “one-stop-shop for data privacy” closed a round of funding of € 500,000 in February 2019 and participated in Acceleprise, a SaaS start-up accelerator based in Silicon Valley.

After Acceleprise, founders Ryan McErlane and Michael Storan redesigned and relaunched Dataships in June 2020. By November of the same year, the company had landed around 40 contracts. Clients include, Therapy, Optilase, and Icon Accounting, and the plan is to continue growing in 2021.

Gain grain

Headquartered in Dublin and Virginia, USA, Gain Grain specializes in business intelligence for the alcohol industry, particularly American craft distilleries.

Currently supporting New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia brands with a private beta, Gain Grain tools can help these growers identify which locals are most likely to buy their stock, monitor inventory and sales. in over 1,000 stores, manage orders and inventory, and provide CRM and business information.

Gain Grain was one of 20 startups selected by Dogpatch Labs for the NDRC’s six-week pre-accelerator program. Founder and CEO John Hannon previously worked as an engineering manager at Stripe and Zalando.

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While still a young company, Guardara benefits from the experience of its co-founders: CEO Mitali Rakhit and CTO Zsolt Imre.

A graduate of Yale, Rakhit is a two-time founder with extensive experience in research and data analysis. Imre is a product security expert with over 20 years of cybersecurity experience.

Their expertise converges on Guardara, a cybersecurity company focused on fuzz testing with its flagship product, FuzzLabs. This software testing technique is used to discover coding errors and security holes by introducing invalid and unexpected inputs and data into a program.

Last November, Guardara secured $ 120,000 in seed funding under the Techstars Boston Accelerator.


A former Start-up of the Week, Hiiker is an app that helps users discover, plan and track long-distance hikes.

Paul Finlay, originally from Meath, is the CEO, Founder and Lead Developer of Hiiker, combining his passion for the outdoors with his interest in app development. He started the business with his friends Eoin Hamilton, who runs the company’s media and marketing, and Peter Britton, who runs the design.

With 60,000 users in the past three months, Hiiker has seen growing interest. A free version of the app gives access to routes and basic features, while one-time payments and subscriptions can unlock premium features.


When Greg Tarr won this year’s BT Young Scientist competition, he said he would “almost certainly” follow the entrepreneurial path of previous winners Shane Curran and Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe.

The 19-year-old clearly wasted no time in starting this journey as he founded Inferex with his father, Richard Tarr, on board as CTO.

Inferex will market the Tarr deepfake detection model developed for the Young Scientist competition. For now, his services target government agencies in the United States, where fears of armed deepfakes have been fueled. However, the ultimate goal is to enable the large-scale deployment of AI.


London-based Chuka Ebi founded Kana in April this year. Formerly a product engineer at Intercom, Ebi has participated in entrepreneurship programs such as Entrepreneur First, an incubator and accelerator, and On Deck, a program that connects start-up entrepreneurs.

All of this led to Kana, an out-of-the-box pricing infrastructure designed to be out of the box. Currently in beta mode, Kana can be used to integrate and customize SaaS subscription plans across apps or sites.

Last month, Ebi presented a winning pitch for Kana at Debut Sessions, a virtual pitch event for UK-based startups raising their first round of funding.


Straddling Stockholm and Dublin, Legitify aims to digitize legal services across Europe and beyond. Its first product to achieve this goal is a remote online notarization tool.

CEO Aida Lutaj brings to Legitify over 13 years of experience in business development, growth, strategy, finance and operations. Its co-founder Arko Ganguli is the legal mastermind of the company, having worked for more than a decade in this sector.

Legitify has been selected for investment by global venture capital firm Antler, which has secured $ 100,000 in pre-seed funding. The company is currently preparing to launch its MVP.


Coming from Popdeem co-founder Richard Whelan, Orcadia is a virtual games platform specially designed for team building in a remote working world.

Orcadia can host games for up to 40 people and early players include teams from Google, EY, ESB, and Dogpatch Labs. These early adopters tried out games like Sketch It, Trivia, and Verbage, which test players’ articulation powers.

Founded this year, Orcadia is betting that the future of work will be one where remote working continues to be prominent. And with the Irish government pushing companies to do remote work, it seems to be on the right track.


Fans of true crime podcasts may be familiar with Cassie Delaney as one of the hosts of The Creep Dive, a niche production featuring a mix of crime, comedy, and sometimes cannibalism. It was not a hit with advertisers, which led to Delaney creating Outcaster.

With Outcaster, she wants to help creators monetize their digital content, no matter how strange. Outcaster’s model is all about making money from viewers, listeners, and readers rather than advertisers, using custom streaming apps with built-in payment and membership plans.

Founded this year, Outcaster is a spin-out of Tall Tales, a podcast production studio founded by Delaney in 2018.


The Edtech Robotify start-up got its summer off to a good start with news that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had signed up as a customer.

Wozniak’s STEM program provider Woz Ed has partnered with the Dublin start-up to bring virtual robotics classes to students around the world. Woz Ed joins a growing list of impressive partners for Robotify, including NASA, ESA, Microsoft, and

Co-founders Adam Dalton and Evan Darcy were still students themselves when they started Robotify in 2015. Since then, they have secured seed funding from Enterprise Ireland and angel investors, and have been recognized as a start-up. up with high potential by Enterprise Ireland.


Vidu has set up this year to deliver hyper-personalized gifs and videos to digital marketers.

After seven years as a senior engineer at Intercom, Gavin Joyce left to continue this entrepreneurial adventure. Earlier in his career, in 2010, Joyce sold an open source community news site and its related technologies on which he worked for nearly five years.

At Vidu, Joyce is joined by a longtime friend and collaborator William Holden, who spent five years at Intercom working in sales development and emerging business.

Currently in beta mode, some partners have tested the platform over the past month, and Vidu’s first product launch is expected soon.

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