Belfast Telegraph

Entrepreneurs bid to win financial backing in contest

By Lesley Houston

Two Northern Ireland businesses have been selected to compete for a share of a £275,000 boost in an entrepreneurial competition.

A Belfast-based cyber bully-fighting software company and a Newry firm which aims to manage bed allocation within the health service are competing for The Pitch 2013 Social Media Awards.

Ciaran Connolly's Belfast-based X Ray Data, a product which helps parents monitor their child's online activity, and Paul Moutray's Future Healthcare and its Smart Beds service, which describes itself as "the booking.com for hospital beds", will be vying for a share of financial support in the long-running business contest.

Both will pitch for business support worth thousands during a live final on September 25.

They will be assessed by judges Karen Darby, serial entrepreneur and Crowdmission.com founder, Duane Jackson, chief executive of software company KashFlow, and Charles Carter from ICAEW.

All taking part will have the chance to secure a share of £275,000 equity investment, if they impress high-flying investors observing the competitors.

Mr Connolly's and Mr Moutray's bids can be voted for through online profiles www.thepitchuk.com/ pitch-shortlist/treze-ltd and www. thepitchuk.com/pitch-shortlist/future-healthcare-ni respectively.

Dan Martin, editor of Business Zone.co.uk and The Pitch founder, said: "Amid all the doom and gloom, it's an absolute pleasure to showcase positive stories about innovative individuals going it alone and building strong businesses."

Belfast Telegraph

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