Furthr Founders

17th May, 2024

Guinness Enterprise Centre 

Furthr Founders @ GEC

On May 9th Furthr hosted the first in person Funding & Scaling in 4 years!

On May 17th, Furthr held another Furthr Founders @ GEC event. This exclusive networking event, specifically for entrepreneurs and founders supported by Furthr, is designed to foster a strong sense of community. founders actively engage in discussions with peers on topics relevant to their start-ups and personal journeys as entrepreneurs.   

Mark Kelly, CCO of Alldus & AI Ireland, was the keynote speaker on the day. Mark is an influential voice in artificial intelligence and is known for his captivating TEDx presentations.

The attendees then joined different round tables chaired by fellow founders on the following topics: 

  • The importance of paying customers from the start
  • Integrating AI into your Business Model
  • Sustainability assessment and importance for ESG
  • International D2C scaling and the importance of digital marketing
  • The impact of AI, the EU Act, and the Risks for products and services
  • Maximizing Enterprise Ireland’s global network of supports
  • The lessons learned from bootstrapping
  • Advice on securing PSSF


Following a strong volume of applications for this year’s competition our expert panel of judges here at Furthr have selected five companies that we think have the ambition, vision and opportunity to scale to become the Furthr Festival One2Watch 2022. 

Your application should clearly outline how the potential to scale can be realised.
5 finalists will get their opportunity to pitch their business idea on stage at Furthr Festival where 1,600 of those most involved in Ireland’s tech and start-up ecosystem converge to explore business and collaboration opportunities arising from emerging technologies. Finalists will also receive exhibition space at Furthr Festival.
Not only that but the winner takes away a prize fund worth €10,000 that includes:

A place on the Go Furthr Programme

Office space at Guinness Enterprise Centre

Access to free legal consultancy with OBH Partners

Access to the Furthr Investor network

€5,000 cash prize

How to Apply

Applicants can either record a video or complete a written application form. Videos should be no longer than 7 minutes and written applications should not be more than 200 words per question. All entries should cover the following:

*video upload capacity is 100MB 

Meet the Finalists

Data Science Institute 

Founder, Grainne Barry – The Data Science Institute’s mission is to provide education and certification for data science professionals to enable them to successfully contribute their skills and knowledge to business and society as a whole.


Founder, Gavin Duffy – We enable media businesses to stay on track and stay on budget. With our SaaS platform, media organisations can efficiently manage projects, budgets, and suppliers – deriving an ROI of up to 9% savings on annual budgets.


Founder, Fergal Brady – NoFrixion provides electronic money management and payment services, or colloquially, programmable money. The services are targeted at business customers and are delivered using a variety of Internet mechanisms including a web-based API. 

Pilot Path 

Founder, Craig Lancaster- is on a mission to make an impact on the aviation training industry and to help solve the future global pilot shortage. We are actively breaking down the barriers of exclusion often related to flight training through providing and managing our students path from zero to first officer.


Founders, David Walsh, Niall Kelly  & Dr. Johnny Walker. – HaloCare aims to support home carers and revolutionise the senior care sector. Core to the HaloCare offering is a range of unintrusive, contactless technologies installed in the home. The result is around the clock support system for older people, their carers, and their circle of care.

Past finalists have raised a staggering 69 million in under 5 years.

This includes:

Finalists will be announced by Sept 30th.

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