100 Hot Start-Ups


Founder: Professor Therese Kinsella Year founded: 2015 Location: UCD Conway Institute, Dublin Sector: Pharma

ATXATherapeutics is an emerging pharma- ceutical company developing innovative ther- apies for treatment of pulmonary arterial hy- pertension, and with potential to treat various other cardiac and pulmonary diseases as well as cancers. FounderTherese Kinsella is Profes- sor of Biochemistry at University College Dub- lin. In 2018, ATXAwas awarded €2.5 million through the EUHorizon 2020 SME Instrument programme, ranking in the top 1 per cent of all applications, and over the past months has made significant progress towards completing a major funding round. ATXATherapeutics has been awarded a total of seven US patents and two patents granted by the European Patent Office. atxatherapeutics.com

Ivan Coulter and Therese Kinsella of ATXA Therapeutics


Bamboo Founders: Luke Mackey,

Founder: Hugh Cooney Year founded: 2016

and Alan Haverty Year founded: 2017 Location: Dublin Sector: Hospitality

rienced in China. While the model has excellent price options and convenience for users, there were challenges in the initial period, not least fishing the bikes out of the canals and the Liffey in Dublin. The company is expanding slowly out of Dublin city centre with pilot schemes for south Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rath- down as well as campus schemes in City- west Business Park, University College Dublin and Dublin City University. bleeperbike.com

Location: Dublin Sector: Transport

The Bamboo app allows users to order ahead, skip the wait and earn loyalty rewards in coffee shops and restau- rants. After initial funding of €500,000 in 2018, it has already built up a clientele of more than 200 restaurant and cafés in Dublin, Cork and Galway (including Freshii, Tolteca, Bear Market, Wow- burger, Chopped and Pablo Picante). Co-founder Luke Mackey says the company expects to expand interna- tionally within the next six months: “We’re in the middle of preparing for our first in- ternational city launch and all that comes with that for a business like ours. Alongside this, we’re always working hard to improve the product and the end user experience for our users.” bamboo.app

BleeperBike offers stationless bike-sharing, removing the need for docking stations. The bikes are operated through a mobile phone app and a Bluetooth connection to the bike lock. Founder Hugh Cooney was inspired by the stationless bike-sharing he expe-

BlockAngel Founder: Andrew Farrell Year founded: 2016 Location: IFSC, Dublin Sector: Property B lock Angel is an end-to-end soft- waresolutionfor apartment block managementthatintegratesfinan- cial accounts, repairsandmainte- nance, as well as next-generation stakeholderengagement, intoasingleplat- form. Founder Andrew Farrell says: “We

currently have ten customers in Ireland and our end-user mobile app is used in 40 apartment blocks in Dublin.” Expansion into theBritishmarket isnext on the horizon and a new product release in November is set to deliver several new efficiencies for management companies’ financial accounts andwill assistmanage- ment agents in deliveringmore responsive customer service. block-angel.com

The Sunday Business Post | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 7

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