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Internet TV Station and Plant Exploration App scoop InvestStart Award at Synergy Centre, sponsored by Philip Lee


Friday, November 22, 2013

An Lár TV, is an internet TV station that delivers Irish themed TV to a global audience. It reaches audiences in 120 countries through a variety of distribution channels including mobile devices and media streaming players in addition to computers and laptops. The technology used by An Lár includes disruptive features that increase audience engagement and provide additional value to advertisers and sponsors across its six channels.

‘A TV station relies on new, relevant and entertaining programming, and as a niche station focused on Ireland it has a strong pipeline of new content’ says Susanne Carpenter CEO and co-founder of An Lár

goBramble is a plant exploration app that shines a light on the weird and wonderful world of plants. By taking a picture of any plant, anywhere you will be able to find out fun and interesting information about it, interact with other users and purchase plants you see. It allows you to earn points by learning to identify plants and also get involved in interactive trails around your area – turning your world into a geo-botanic safari! goBramble will partner with garden visitor centres in Ireland and overseas. Orla Fitzmaurice is the founding Brambler and is a graphic designer, photographer and plant explorer.

The Investstart Prize at Synergy Centre is sponsored by Philip Lee Solicitors. It represents pre-funding due diligence legal work with a value of up to €5,000 to each winner.

The prizes were presented at the New Frontiers Graduation in ITT Dublin by Eoghan Doyle, Senior Associate with Philip Lee Solicitors. Commenting at the presentation Eoghan said ‘This award further highlights the great pool of talented entrepreneurs working at the Synergy Centre. We were really impressed with the calibre of business plans and pitches of the Phase 2 entrepreneurs. They are an inspirational group.’ He continued ‘An Lár and goBramble in particular demonstrated brilliantly their passion, drive and ability to develop their businesses.’

Both An Lár TV and goBramble have completed the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development programmme at Synergy Centre, ITT Dublin. The New Frontiers programmme encourages high-potential entrepreneurs with the commitment and capability required to develop and deliver sustainable businesses. A major element of this programmme at the Synergy Centre is to support Start Up companies like An Lár TV and goBramble to secure Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund, HPSU and Venture Capital funds. These companies were part of a group of twelve new Start-up companies who have completed their six-month intensive New Frontiers programmme which included companies in the tech. knowledge-based, engineering and medical devices sectors. Applications are now open for New Frontiers 2014 due to commence late January next.

Winners of the INVESTSTART Prize at the Synergy Centre (pictured l to r) Orla Fitzmaurice, goBramble, Susanne Carpenter & Neil Richins, An Lár and Eoghan Doyle, Philip Lee Solicitors

Winners of the INVESTSTART Prize at the Synergy Centre (pictured l to r) Orla Fitzmaurice, goBramble, Susanne Carpenter & Neil Richins, An Lár and Eoghan Doyle, Philip Lee Solicitors



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