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Welcome to the fifth edition of The Sunday Business Post’s 100 Hot Start-ups Magazine. Between these pages is a list of the start-ups which have grabbed our attention over recent months. Some have only recently established themselves. Others may have taken more than two years before they secured their first funding round.


Inside, there is a mix, from tech start-ups to new machinery to traditional companies repurposed for the digital age.

As our lives and work lives move online, start-ups are revolutionising industries that have previously been left out of the recent tech wave.

Want your coffee fast? Bamboo, the Dublin start-up, has an app for that.

Worried your students are cheating in exams? Testreach has created software that invigilates exams.

There is also no shortage of the more traditional new companies, many of which are following trends. Small-time drinks companies are continuing to crop up around the country.

Skincare and beauty companies are hardly new, but this latest crop is reacting to consumer demands and producing ethical and natural products.

Given that this is the fifth edition of the 100 Hot Start-ups, 500 start-ups have now been featured in these glossy pages. Many of the previous 400 have gone on to great heights, some are still working away and others, unfortunately, have closed up shop. With reward comes risk.

Joe Healy, divisional manager of the High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Division of Enterprise Ireland, is confident that the pipeline is strong for Irish start-ups. According to him, Ireland’s start-up scene is maturing, which means we can expect a lot more investment from overseas. Raising a funding round above the €1 million mark remains a challenge for many Irish start-ups.

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency that supports Irish companies to trade internationally, is now focusing more on scaling companies beyond its initial successful investments to attract attention from overseas investors.

According to Enterprise Ireland figures, 2017 was another successful year for Irish start-ups, with 180 equity investments made in Irish-based companies. We would like to thank the state agency for its continuation of this latest edition of the 100 Top Start-ups Magazine. It plays a vital role in supporting homegrown talent.

Now click the images below and take a look at our featured start-ups; hopefully this will provide some inspiration for the next generation of successful Irish entrepreneurs.

56. Move On

Start-up founder David Madden set up his business to disrupt the traditional real-estate business.

Move On is a €2,500 fixed-fee estate agent and promises to sell homes for a fraction of the cost that traditional estate agents charge. That fee includes a property valuation, handling viewings, producing ‘for sale’ signage and advertisements on the main listings websites.

Madden has more than 14 years’ experience in the property market in Ireland, England and Spain.

He created Move On after working in the real-estate market in London where he noticed that companies such as Purplebricks and eMoov were starting to generate a lot of traction.

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