100 Hot Start-Ups


Founder: Kevin Walsh Year founded: 2017 Location: Waterford

Sector: SaaS for Pharma

Aphex is the creator of Chem- ishield, a mobile SaaS solution for laboratories which prevents incompatible mixing of chemical waste, providing real-time analyt- ics on chemical usage, thus ensur- ing complete safety and efficiency. Over the past eight months, the teamhas grown fromfive employees to 12 to cater for new projects for a host of global phar- ma companies based in Ireland, Europe and the US. The firmhas also launched an online version of the Chemishield software enabling smaller-scale companies to easily purchase it. Aphex was a finalist in the Phar- ma Industry Awards 2018 in three categories: Start-Up of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and Health & Safety Initiative of the Year. aphex.ie

Stephen McNulty, co-founder, Ambisense


structure projects across industrial, oil and gas, and waste verticals. After initial funding of €500,000, Ambisense secured a €1.1 million in- vestment from Suir Valley inMay of this year. Staff numbers have grown already fromnine to 16 over the last year, and two new offices are planned for 2020 in Benelux and

North America. Its game-changing in- telligent software uses IoT andmachine learning to automate, analyse and model complexmulti- source data, identifying patterns and hidden risks and allowing companies to rapidly and with even greater accuracy, assess environmental risk. ambisense.net

Founders: Stephen McNulty, Fiachra Collins, Dermot Diamond Year founded: 2014 Location: Dublin (HQ) and Chester, England Sector: Environment Ambisense’s technology platformbrings innova- tion to environmental risk assessment on large infra-


Founder: Luke Rynne Cullen Year founded: incorporated in 2019 Location: Dublin Sector: Music industry

Applaud.live is an online booking platform for musicians, providing a directory of live acts and a secure payments system. The platformwas launched at the end of July and secured over €3,500-worth of bookings for artists in the first three weeks. Founder Luke Rynne Cullen — last year’s presi- dent of Trinity Orchestra and live music officer at Trinity Ents — completed the New Frontiers pro- gramme in TUDublin Hothouse and the Startup Boost Dublin Pre-Accelerator. Applaud’s mission is to empower musicians globally tomake a liv- ing fromperforming, and it has partnered with Sound Training Productions to provide profes- sional recorded content tomusicians listed on the platform, building a polished and professional showcase for independent artists. applaud.live

Jerico Alcaras and Luke Rynne Cullen of Applaud.live

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