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Business Startup ‘Darwin & Goliath’ is Among the 10 Finalists at NDRC’s Business Plan Competition2019 May 28

Published by Joeran Beel, 27th May 2019

A few months ago, Alan Griffin, Conor O’Shea, and Joeral Beel started the private beta of our recommender-system as-a-service Darwin & Goliath. We made it to the final round (10 start-ups) of The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition, organized by NDRC. We are looking forward to a series of 5 workshops that will prepare us to pitch Darwin & Goliath to investors. And, if we are lucky, we will win up to €15,000 and join NDRC´s accelerator programme.

Group photo during the first workshop.

Darwin & Goliath empowers small and medium-sized enterprises to give the best possible product recommendations to their customers with the least possible effort. We do so by offering a recommender-system framework as-a-service. This framework applies a unique technology that uses the ideal recommendation algorithm for each individual user and recommendation request.

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organisations.

NDRC is an early stage investor in tech companies and startups funded through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. NDRC’s digital ventures cross a range of industry sectors. It invests primarily using an accelerator model, providing modest amounts of capital and a high level of hands on support to early-stage digital companies. Since 2007, NDRC has invested in more than 250 portfolio companies, which have gone on to secure more than €190 million in cumulative follow-on funding. The collective value of the ventures in our portfolio is in excess of €490 million. NDRC is the #2 University Business Accelerator in Europe (UBI 2018).

Posted by:  Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

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