A handful of the UK and Ireland's most promising technology companies have been selected by Tech Tour to attend a three-day event where they will get the chance to meet investors and raise funding.
The 26 companies at various stages of development will pitch to European, US and Asian investors and professionals at the event, which is split across Dublin and Glasgow and takes place this week.
The Tech Tour selection committee, which is comprised of global venture capital and technology industry leaders, whittled down over 300 businesses to a final cohort of 26.
The committee assessed each company's technology, business model, vision, capability to execute on the business plan and the quality of the management team and track record.
They winners include: Accuris Networks, Brite Bill, Clear Returns, Cloudsoft Corporation, Evanidus Ltd, IE-CHP Limited, Inhance Technology, mLED Ltd, NewsWhip, OpenJaw Technologies, OptiWi-fi, Orthox Ltd., PathXL, Rainsafe, Rathlin Medical, SixMinute, Sunamp, Swrve New Media, Taragenyx Limited, Trident Energy Ltd, Trustev, VideoElephant, VueKlar Cardiovascular, Waratek and WholeWorldBand.
The companies include seven internet and new media, five software, four medtech, four cleantech, two software applications, two wireless networking, one IT Infrastructure, one new materials and processes, and one in electronic systems and optical components.
Of the 26 companies, 14 are based in Ireland, 10 are based in Scotland and two are based in England.
Enterprise Ireland scaling manager and selection committee member Tom Cusack said: “Tech Tour provides an excellent platform to showcase the high quality technology companies emerging from the Irish tech scene. Ireland is fast becoming the technology capital of Europe and we are delighted to see the tech tour coming to Dublin to support this.”
“Over many years Ireland has built up an unrivalled ecosystem for high potential start up’s with world class incubators, like Dogpatch and Launchpad, international venture capitalists and a vibrant domestic support infrastructure including Enterprise Ireland, domestic VCs and entrepreneur bootcamps and training. Coupled with our skilled workforce and the presence of leading multinational operations like Twitter, Linkedin, Google and Facebook, this makes Ireland one of the best places in the world to start a technology business."
Scottish Enterprise director of technology, engineering and creative industries David Smith said the event showcases the capabilities of the Scottish technology sector and support more companies to access investment and develop relationships that will grow exports.