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Five NI tech firms selected for Rising Stars 3.0

Rising Stars 3.0 is the UK’s most exciting competition for innovative, early-stage tech companies. Designed to showcase the best the country has to offer, Tech Nation provides a platform for businesses from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to shine bright.

Entrants are supported throughout the application process, and given training and support at each stage of the competition. And this year Five tech firms based in Northern Ireland have been selected as regional winners of Tech Nation’s Rising Stars 3.0 competition.

Northern Ireland’s 5 regional winners:

Budibase: Data Analytics & Business Intelligence (Founded 2019)

Founders: Joe Johnston, Martin McKeaveney, Michael Shanks

Building custom software for your business in minutes, without coding, Budibase is an open source, nocode platform used for building web applications, to digitise your business. Small to medium sized businesses and digital consultants use Budibase to build and host apps, or for supporting their self-hosted deployments.

Elemental: Healthtech & Biotech & Life Sciences (Founded 2013)

Founders: Jennifer Neff, Leeann Monk-Ozgul

Elemental is an award-winning tech for good company with the purpose of empowering and enabling individuals, families and their carers to better connect into community-based programmes, services and interventions that make a positive impact on their lives. Through an innovative digital platform, it provides teams with the technical connectivity they need for multi-sector partnership working, leadership, and the measurement of mobilisation of support where needed.

Esther: Fintech (Founded 2013)

Founder: Carol Rossborough

ESTHER is a corporate giving platform which allows businesses to engage across a range of cause-based charity programmes. It simplifies and automates corporate giving – allowing businesses to give directly to verified people in need in the community. Solving real problems, leaving a real legacy with live impact reporting, its USP is the ability to give directly to verified people in need in your own community.

Selazar: Ecommerce & Marketplace (Founded 2014)

Founders: Gareth Burns, Jack Williams, Kevan Bishonden

Selazar is a tech-first company automating retailers’ entire eCommerce operation through its single fulfilment platform. Selazar automatically picks, packs, stores and ships products with up to a 40% saving compared to other fulfilment providers. The end-to-end solution encompasses stock management, deliveries and returns for the retailer allowing them to scale their business without the heavy lifting.

SureCert: HRtech (Recruitment/ Talent/ People) (Founded 2014)

Founder: Ian Savage

SureCert is a digitised background checking platform, enabling recruiters to confirm quickly that candidates are who they say they are, have done what they have said they have done and have nothing in their backgrounds that would stop them from working in regulated sectors.

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