Ireland’s hottest startups: Our ESB Spark of Genius shortlist

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We’re searching for Ireland’s best startup for our ESB Spark of Genius award – past winners Datahug and SmartThings have gone on to serious international success.

Having received close to 200 applications, we can now announce the 15 shortlisted startups we think can emulate their achievements.

After much deliberation, our judges have chosen the the following 15 companies to pitch at our HQ on Wednesday, September 16 for the chance to be one of three finalists to proceed to the grand final at Web Summit in November.




Martini Studios








SoapBox Labs

Youth Nation

Social Honey



Now in its sixth year, ESB Spark of Genius gives a chance to 15 of the most promising Irish Startups to pitch in front of a distinguished panel of judges, aiming to be one of three companies to make it to the Web Summit stage. 

It’s a unique opportunity for Irish startups to put themselves front and centre at Web Summit, with the overall winner taking home a cash prize of €25,000.

If you would like to join us in our new HQ on September 16, you can apply for a ticket here.

Pitching runs from 6.30pm to 9pm, with the three finalists being announced at 9.30pm.

Not only is this is a great opportunity to see some of Ireland’s most exciting young startups, it’s a chance to see the new Web Summit HQ in Tramway House, Dartry.

This is the home of the team building some of the world’s best technology gatherings – join us to find out who is Ireland’s best young startup.

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