Posts Tagged: ThoughtBox


17
Jul 12

ThoughtBox wins Blueface Business Elevator Final

 

And the winner is…. Thoughtbox

Wow, what a weekend! And what an exciting day our Blueface Elevator Final brought! Many many congratulations to Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox, who took the prize on the day; her initiative of educational software for children that helps them to discover the answers themselves looks set to become a huge success and we’re delighted to be able to assist her in growing and advancing her business. While Cristina took the top prize, all nine finalists really impressed us with their enthusiasm and commitment; it is always inspiring and motivating to meet dedicated entrepreneurs

who believe and invest so passionately in their business. many travelled from early on Saturday morning to make it to the Westbury Hotel for set up and there was a great atmosphere in the ‘Business Zone’ as everyone got their displays ready. We called over to Carphone Warehouse, Grafton St. to take photos in store and this was when the adrenalin really started pumping for the Blueface team – nine great teams of finalists was gonna make for one interesting competition!!

Presentations from finalists kicked off in the early afternoon, in the Grafton Suite of the  Westbury Hotel. First up was James McNamara presenting for CleverMiles, our regional winners in the Drogheda heat. The second presentation was from Niall Fennell of Ireland’s Raw Kitchen, regional winners in Galway. Third was Randall Wharton of RigBag, who won the Cork heat, while fourth we had Trevor Keane of Fantasy5Live, winners of the Kilkenny Heat. Our fifth presentation was from Barry Spearman of New Age Memorials, who won in Limerick. We took a short break halfway through the presentations and by this time, we had so many audience members, some extra rows of chairs had to be quickly installed in the theatre!

After the break, we got straight back into the presentations with the first of our joint winners from the Dundrum heat, Mark Moore of Oral Eye. Next was the other joint winner from Dundrum, MotionFox, presented by Rob Quigley. Second last was the first of our joint winners from the Carrick-on-Shannon heat, Cristina Luminea of ThoughtBox and the final presentation of the day was from our other winner in Carrick-on-Shannon, Malcolm Donnellan of Simply Phone to Photo.

After all of these amazing presentations, we didn’t know how just one winner could be selected! Luckily we had a very experienced and professional judging panel to do the hard work for us and they retired to discuss each idea in turn. Guest judges, Economist Constantin Gurdgiev and Brian Fallon, CEO of TheJournal.ie and Founder of Daft.ie; joined Alan Foy, CEO, Blueface; Peter Scott, General Manager, Carphone Warehouse Ireland; Nigel Heneghan, Managing Director, Heneghan PR; David Gorman, Managing Partner, Gorman Quigley Penrose; and David O’Donnell, Partner, Mason Hayes + Curran, in choosing the winner.

In the end, ThoughtBox came out on top and took the prize of a huge package of business services including telephony services  from Blueface, mobile handsets, tablets and other hardware from Carphone Warehouse, advertising from Newstalk 106-108FM, public relations advice from Heneghan PR, accountancy advice  from Gorman Quigley Penrose and legal advice from Mason Hayes + Curran.

Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface commented afterwards: “Congratulations to ThoughtBox, who won based on the high standard of presentation given today, the creativity behind the idea and the commercial value of the business going forward. It was a tough decision, as the standard of applicants surpassed all of our expectations. Thank you to all who took part and helped make this happen, we are very pleased with the level of support we received in our initiative to highlight and promote the large number of innovative and exciting start-ups in Ireland and we look forward to working with and assisting all of the finalists in any way that we can.”

More information about all of the finalists will be available on this blog over the coming weeks and we hope to have an interview with Cristina of ThoughtBox ready for publication soon. Thanks once again to everyone who took part in the competition or who helped to make it the massive success that it was! Right now we’re thinking about how we can make Blueface Business Elevator bigger and better in the future, so watch this space :-)

 

Some of the Key sponsors pose with Christina outside The Westbury Hotel.


11
Jul 12

Blueface Business Elevator – the Final Countdown!

Eight finalists chosen following nationwide search

Blueface Business Elevator Final

Gerard Doherty (Blueface), Malcolm Donnellan (Simply Phone to Photo), Cristina Luminea (ThoughtBox), Nigel Heneghan (Heneghan PR), Alan Foy (CEO Blueface), Gerry Reynolds (Leitrim County Enterprise Board)

The excitement is intensifying here in Blueface as the final of our Blueface Elevator competition approaches. We’re had a crazy few weeks travelling around the country, meeting start-ups and entrepreneurs, and seeing countless amazing, original and inspiring ideas! It’s been great fun and we hope to keep in touch with everyone we’ve met!
Last weekend was our final heat in Carphone Warehouse, Carrick on Shannon, and we certainly went out with a bang. Nine great contestants pitched on the day and the standard was so high, the judges picked two joint winners to go through to the final!
That means we now have nine finalists who will compete for the grand prize on the 14th of July in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. These companies emerged as strong contenders in their respective heats and we are looking forward to hearing more about their companies at the final event. They are:

  • Drogheda winner, CleverMiles, who have developed a system of interactive driver monitoring, education and incentivising which aims to reduce road traffic accidents and save lives.
  • Galway winner, Ireland’s Raw Kitchen, which is to become the first company to manufacture Raw Seaweed Noodles using cold-pressed organic vegetable juice, super food powders, medicinal herbs/mushrooms and organic Irish seaweed.
  • Cork winner, RigBag, which is an online subscription based platform that aims to bring the action sports community together, providing athletes with a platform to buy, sell, or swap, new and secondhand equipment, get information, trade tips, keep in touch, find jobs and book events.
  • Kilkenny winner, Fantasy5live, a new social media site, integrating real time Irish fantasy online sports, which offers competitors the chance to play an exciting and strategic game in a fun filled competitive environment.
  • Limerick winner, New Age Memorials, an innovative Glassfibre headstone business which offers a modern weather and age-proof solution for headstones and monuments.
  • Dublin joint winners, Oral Eye, the world’s first online dental checkup service, which offers a fast, convenient and low cost dental consultancy, and MotionFox, which has developed a range of clothes that bridge the gap between safetywear and sportswear.
  • Carrick-On-Shannon winners, ThoughtBox, an educational software provider that encourages children to discover educational principles through games in specific subject areas  and Simply Phone to Photo, an iphone application that allows users to print photos directly from their mobile phone.

Check out any of the websites above to find out more about these great companies.

The final itself will include pitches from finalists, followed by questions from judges and audience members. The prize up for grabs is an amazing €60,000 fund of business services including telephony services (Blueface), mobile handsets and tablets (Carphone Warehouse), advertising (Newstalk 106-108FM), public relations (Heneghan PR) accountancy advice (Gorman Quigley Penrose) and legal advice.
We’ve also put together a very special judging panel for the final, with guest judges, Constantin Gurdgiev, economist, and Brian Fallon of Daft.ie and Journal.ie, joining Alan Foy CEO Blueface; Peter Scott General Manager Carphone Warehouse; David Gorman, Managing Partner at Gorman Quigley Penrose; and Nigel Heneghan, MD of Heneghan PR to choose a winner on the day.

So watch this space for more info about the Blueface Elevator Grand Final, and if you’re around Grafton St, Dublin, next Saturday between 12 and 2pm, come down and get a look at some of the finalists, or have a chat with the Blueface team, we’d love to see you!

Janelle


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