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Tristan Watson, Ignite NI; Cormac Quinn, loyalBe; Bob Marks, Video First; Niall Casey, Invest NI, and Cathy Craig, INCISIV

Tristan Watson, Ignite NI; Cormac Quinn, loyalBe; Bob Marks, Video First; Niall Casey, Invest NI, and Cathy Craig, INCISIV

Tristan Watson, Ignite NI; Cormac Quinn, loyalBe; Bob Marks, Video First; Niall Casey, Invest NI, and Cathy Craig, INCISIV

The search is on for technology start-up entrepreneurs to join the 2019 Ignite NI Propel Pre-Accelerator programme.

Their predecessors brought their time to a close on Ignite NI's first Propel Pre-Accelerator programme by pitching for the chance to win a cash injection for their businesses.

The Propel teams showcased their innovative tech products and services at a pitch event in the Ormeau Baths in a bid to secure prizes of £10,000, £5,000 and £3,000. The Ignite NI Propel Pre-Accelerator launched in January with the support of economic development agency Invest NI.

Propel is a pre-accelerator programme for people with early stage ventures or business ideas. It helps entrepreneurs build a business that can scale faster than otherwise and reach significant exports.

Bob Marks from Video First, whichs offers automated video user interface testing, was awarded the top prize of £10,000. And INCISIV, a company which use artificial intelligence to provide insight into athletic performance, won the £5,000 prize, while Cormac Quinn from loyalty card app loyalBe was presented with the £3,000 award.

Tristan Watson, chief executive of Ignite NI, said: "The winners have demonstrated real entrepreneurial spirit when it came to their start-up journey."

Invest NI's Niall Casey said it hoped to make Northern Ireland the best UK region in which to start a business.

To apply for Propel go to www.investni.com/propel-application-form-2018.html


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