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20 disruptive NI-based startups battle it out to determine who will win an all-expenses paid trip to explore the New York tech scene

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upSTART, an exciting pitch competition taking place at Digital DNA, will see over 20 disruptive NI-based startups battle it out to determine who will win an all-expenses paid trip to explore the New York tech scene.

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BPMBuild is a technology company on a mission to accelerate Business Process Management Adoption within SMEs. Their proven methodology combined with their Business Process Management Platform have been delivering positive ROI for customers across Ireland.


Xerofone digitally and remotely disables personal smartphones, enabling distraction free learning and working in both educational and workplace environments.


Loop, powered by bluesona, has been developed using the latest advanced sensor technology and analytics to improve driver safety and record driver behaviour, all powered by your smartphone.


Gofyt (Go Find Your Trainer) is an online marketplace that connects users to health and fitness service providers.


Gigebyte is an online business and technology magazine talking about the ever-growing digital gig economy (Uber, Deliveroo, Airbnb etc.). It aims to be a news and feature forum for gig economy users as well as providing resources to those who work in the industry.


Equitas is an HR technology provider helping companies make better hiring decisions. Its interview app takes the stress out of delivering interviews ensuring an engaging, efficient and unbiased approach helping companies build more diverse teams.


Cropsafe is a simple online platform that uses satellite imagery and machine learning to accurately detect and predict impending diseases within crops, providing relief solutions directly to the landowner.


INCISIV Ltd has developed a platform that combines virtual reality with a powerful behavioural analytics engine to unlock the secrets of decision-making in sport. Its first product to market is Clean Sheet – designed to help goalkeepers make more saves, ultimately allowing their team to win more games.


Payhere helps companies set up recurring and one-off payments in minutes. They can then send a URL of the payment form to their customers or drop the two lines of code we provide them with onto their website.


Kippie delivers workshops to design and make computer games with a focus on social issues, teaching a range of transferable technical and creative skills.


Aluna allows boards and board members to stay on top of board duties and demonstrate compliance to funders and investors.


Songbook is a music technology company which exists to connect professional musicians, anywhere in the world, with high quality rehearsal spaces. Songbook’s innovative approach will empower professional musicians and venue owners to enrich their careers and monetise their businesses.


STAND aims to blend fashion and function to provide confidence, safety and connectivity that enables all to live life fearlessly. Its first smart jewellery product, BOLD, allows users to send a text and their location with the simple and discrete press of a button.


Video First is an online collaboration tool which helps software companies improve the process of testing and delivering user interfaces. It allows the upload, share and review of videos of user interface tests in real-time with an entire team.


ESTHER is a peer-to-peer giving platform, for helping the poorest people in your city, right now. ESTHER makes charitable giving more direct, more transparent and more effective.


The Next Life is a business that helps people deal with death through the celebration of life.


Peguino integrates the worlds of toy bricks and micro computer technology: Raspberry Pi

and Arduino™. Take some LEGO® bricks and start building: break barriers and override

Limitations. With Peguino, you are the inventor.


Unitek.Ai eliminates manual data entry for banks and insurance companies using a proprietary artificial intelligence platform. It has the ability to extract data from scanned images of documents, including those with handwriting, and automate data entry into any system. The world of the back office will be transformed forever.


Deals in Places (dip) is a free to download/free to use Belfast voucher app and the first PPC advertising platform designed especially for promotional offers.


Handicaddie is an innovative new platform which gives golf tourists the power to choose their ideal caddie. Golf clubs can now manage their caddies on a digital platform and caddies will be able to manage a flexible working schedule.


Finteco is a banking compliance solutions provider (KYC & AML).


Map My Money, powered by Advice NI, is a spending tracker that will allow you to see where your money is going. It will help you budget, set goals and get free, independent debt advice if you need it. #LetsTalkAboutDebt


Now in its fourth year, upSTART is exclusively open to startups from Northern Ireland with the aim of shining a light on the best tech innovation the region has to offer.


Alastair Cameron, founder of Startacus and Startups Programme Manager at Digital DNA, said: “We want to celebrate the huge amount of startup success in Northern Ireland and let the world know about the brilliant ecosystem which is supporting so many on their entrepreneurial journey. There is so much Northern Ireland talent out there and upSTART has a habit of finding it.”


upSTART sponsors include corporate law firm Tughans and Seedrs, an equity crowdfunding platform for investing in startups and later-stage businesses throughout Europe. As part of its commitment to the local tech scene, Tughans will be running a free legal clinic at Digital DNA. Exhibiting startups will also have the opportunity to have a number of 1-2-1s with potential investors and startup champions.


Digital DNA 2019, which is running over two days (18 and 19 June 2019) in Belfast’s St. George’s Market, is powered by PwC for the second consecutive year, and will once again allow the tech sector to collaborate, expand their reach and gain exposure to new technologies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”grad” css=”.vc_custom_1553256074662{background-color: #deedf4 !important;}” el_class=”text-abs-home” bg_grad=”background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #9966CC), color-stop(98%, #660099));background: -moz-linear-gradient(left,#9966CC 0%,#660099 98%);background: -webkit-linear-gradient(left,#9966CC 0%,#660099 98%);background: -o-linear-gradient(left,#9966CC 0%,#660099 98%);background: -ms-linear-gradient(left,#9966CC 0%,#660099 98%);background: linear-gradient(left,#9966CC 0%,#660099 98%);”][vc_column el_class=”container-joinus style2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1553254297524{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

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