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Conquer Media – A Trinity start-up seeing rapid growth in web and app development

Overview

Conquer Media began in December 2018. I, Gareth Power, was sick of getting insane quotes (even for minimum viable products), for web and app development from Irish agencies. I wanted to create a low-cost, yet high-quality solution. I teamed up with some colleagues from my computer science course and began using APIs and efficient code to save time without sacrificing quality, allowing clients to save up to 80% on normal costs for developments. This is exactly what makes us different. We also take great care in each project we work on, ensuring we use our innovative skills to transform our clients’ ideas.

The Team

Gareth Power – I, Gareth, am the co-founder and CEO of Conquer Media. I have six years of experience in programming and mobile development. I have won multiple awards for my work, including 2nd place in Apps4Gaps 2016.

Séamus Conlon – Séamus is the CBO of Conquer Media and a business student in Trinity. He organizes negotiations, contracts and strategy for the business, ensuring that professionalism is maintained.

Declan Roberts & Conall O’Toole – Declan and Conall are both sales reps for Conquer Media. They arrange the acquisition of new clients for the business. Both are computer science students.

Where we are now

We have currently turned a profit of ~ €17,000. This is thanks to an array of web development clients and more profitable mobile app development clients coming onboard recently. We are beginning to expand from smaller businesses to more established SME’s and develop customized software for businesses. We currently hold contracts totalling €8,000 and are in talks with larger businesses to grow this figure. Our team is constantly improving and developing our skills to deliver higher-quality services. Our website at conquermedia.ie has just been redeveloped and recreated to a higher standard than before.

Plans for the future

We plan to expand using both online ads and our sales team, which is growing stronger every day. We plan on targeting larger clients and businesses, where our developments can have more impact across different industries. Examples include the construction and auto industries, where efficiency is key. Our problem-solving abilities allow us to provide invaluable solutions for pain-points in those industries. As we grow our client base, we plan on outsourcing to high quality developers to increase our capacity, while maintaining the efficiency and value that our clients expect.

Get in Touch

If anyone would like to get in touch to work with us or discuss developments, please contact gareth@conquermedia.ie

Rezero: Trinity Start-Up Changing the Environment for the Better

Do you buy takeaway food? Are you frustrated at the packaging waste left behind? There’s a solution coming! Rezero drastically reduces single use food packaging through an innovative deposit-return system for reusable containers, the first of it’s kind in Ireland. You can now enjoy your food, reduce environmental impact and consume more consciously!

Rezero is closely connected with Trinity. David Weitbrecht completed his undergraduate degree in Management Science (MSISS) before working for a professional services company. It was there he met Dan, who was training (unsuccessfully) to be an accountant. The pair spent their lunchtimes discussing business ideas from translation apps to receipt analysers. Dan left to work in the tech industry, David left soon after and founded ZeroWaste.ie originally selling low waste products such as bamboo toothbrushes through e-commerce B2C.

He quickly realised that B2C sales have a low impact and began to explore options in the B2B world. The food service industry caught his eye as an industry producing an enormous amount of waste where innovative solutions could make a difference. What if businesses switched from plastic coffee cups to compostables? And Zerowaste.ie handled the Supply and Disposal? David approached Dan to join at this stage and the duo were reunited. They pitched to the Climate KIC accelerator facilitated by Tangent and operating out of Trinity College and received 5k to go from idea to business plan.

During this period, David, along with a Donegal Councillor ran the PosterFree.ie campaign encouraging all candidates in Ireland to run plastic poster free during the 2019 May local elections. The #Posterfree campaign garnered national media attention featuring on RTE TV, Newstalk, Today FM, The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post along with 100+ news articles from across the country.

“While in the accelerator, it became clear that we, as a company, needed to promote reuse over single use. From speaking to business owners and looking in bins the length and breadth of the country, we recognised that compostables were not a long term solution. Climate KIC recognised this as well and thus we were back to the drawing board”, said David Weitbrecht whilst speaking to TBR.

However, motivated by the prospect of something great, they pivoted and focused their efforts on longer term solutions, solutions that follow the core principles of the circular economy. Experiences at festivals and abroad brought encouragement to the idea of a deposit-return system working in Ireland. Out of ZeroWaste.ie, Rezero was born. 

By enrolling in Trinity’s postgraduate course in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, David could once again tap into Trinity’s support network for early stage startups. With the new idea, Rezero successfully pitched to join the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society (TES) incubator and has been hard at work finalising the mechanics of the system and laying strong foundations for future national growth. Containers have been sourced and the relevant health & safety/hygiene regulations investigated and satisfied. Six early adopters, all mid-market businesses, have partnered with Rezero to mark the beginning of a 2020 national launch and rollout. Additional partners are actively being recruited to grow this number ahead of the 2020 launch.

“We will scale Rezero to all major food service outlets over the next 6 to 24 months. To achieve our vision of eliminating as much single use packaging as possible, Rezero has set it’s eyes upon international expansion. Our goal is to change consumer habits and be a catalyst for more circular economy based ventures.”

Keep up to date with their social media @zerowaste.ie and @rezero.io for all things circular economy and zero waste.

They’re looking for members to join their team. If you are passionate about having an impact in an exciting and growing startup, please email them at support@zerowaste.ie!

Meditree – Trinity Start-Up Tackling Administrative Inefficiencies in the Healthcare Sector

1) What do you do and how did you get started?

Abs and I were talking about how he is finding his start as a full-time doctor at the Galway University Hospital. He started mentioning a lot of bottlenecks in the workflows and how manual a lot of the document processes were. A second, more alarming factor, came from academic research experience of how hospital data quality becomes a bottleneck when trying to implement the latest technologies to healthcare domains. The data is usually either manually created or does not exist at all. This significantly inhibits innovation and improvement in the industry.

This concerned us about the future of Irish Healthcare. A nail in the coffin was figuring out that Ireland has been consistently falling in the rankings of the EuroHealth Consumer Index, currently being 22nd out of 36 countries. Worst of all, it’s the lowest of all countries in accessibility, and doing bad in several other metrics, including Patient rights and information. So we decided to combine our disciplinary knowledge (Computer Science and Medicine) to find ways of streamlining workflows for multidisciplinary teams in healthcare, all while maintaining data interoperability, reconciliation and security.

Our solution aims to provide healthcare professionals with an online platform to access, publish and collaborate on Multidisciplinary Medical Documents.

These medical records are persisted into a knowledge graph. This interconnected data allows healthcare professionals to gain further insights that they were not able to extrapolate before. Within the rampant age of big data, a solution to aid in the fundamentals of Organic Intelligence is critical, and we strongly believe that solution is MediTree. Our initial phase seeks to streamline the phlebotomist’s workflow. Meditree allows surgeons to set a recurring order for patients in need of regular blood tests. Blood test results are key in monitoring a patient’s recovery post-surgery. Meditree would then enable such requests to be sent directly to Phlebotomists, cutting out the lengthy, manual request process entirely, all while keeping a record for reconciliation and enhancing of analysis for future patients undergoing similar surgeries, e.g. Giving options of the most reasonable tests to give the current patient. Making the Records an ever-learning model.

2) Tell us about the team:

Uzair Qureshi – Masters student in TCD in Computer and Electronic Engineering. Uzair has worked at the ADAPT Research Centre as a Research Intern working on Linked Data Quality Assessment. He also worked at Mastercard Dublin as a Software Engineer, where he won their regional hackathon, the intern hackathon and filed a patent with them. He has also won JCIs Top Outstanding Young Persons 2018 and won an Innovation award from Engineers Ireland & ARUP. He has a great interest in Research and looking for domains of application for the latest advancements in technology.

Abd-Al Rehman Tahir –He finished his Doctorate from TCD Medicine, and has a breadth of knowledge in medical practices, having done rotations in several different hospitals for 3 years and now working full time as a Student Doctor at the Galway University Hospital. Mohammed Elsayed – Is a third year student at TCD Medicine with great experience in Medicine and a keen interest in Medicinal practice and research.

3) How far along your business plan are you now?

We are starting off with our research phase where we establish credibility in our solution and knowledge of the problem. This is being done through writing short articles highlighting the current plight of healthcare management and how we aim to solve it. We are currently working on writing a white paper on Data Interoperability Issues in Multidisciplinary Teams within Irish Healthcare.

4) Plans for the future?

We hope to become a trusted academic and research entity that would be working in unison with the Government Sector (using data to highlight and optimize usage of healthcare resources) , Hospitals (Helping healthcare professionals streamline their workflow by cutting manual processes and enhancing organic intelligence) and Academic Institutes (mediating the data for purposes of academic research which aims to enhance healthcare for the future ). Potential challenges run into HSE, and how to manage the integration process efficiently, we are learning more and more with how other programs are being initiated into hospitals.

Meet the team behind EiSHT – a start-up strengthening young people’s soft skills

EiSHT is a social enterprise created by a team of management professionals and avid volunteers who together possess years of experience in recruiting, training and developing young people. Caroline O’Connor initially came up with the idea in January en route back from an event with Naas No Name! Club.  What began as a means of helping young people achieve their goals in getting their first summer jobs has evolved and adapted to what the market seeks.  It has become a programme to help arm young people with the skills, competence and self-awareness required to adapt to the rapidly evolving workplace.  “We want you to have the skills, confidence and competency to be the High Potential Leaders of the future and to realise your superpowers”. 

EiSHT was born – Emotionally intelligent, Skilled, Happy Teens – from paying attention to the recurring concerns of teenagers and young adults under 25 and of recruiters, trainers and managers of under 25s.

What sets this programme apart is that it is founded on the core pillars of employability, professionalism, self-awareness, gratitude and social citizenship.  It focusses on soft skills, which are not part of the second level curriculum, to build resilience and adaptability going into third level and beyond.  It will be delivered through a combination of self-organised learning on their online platform, psychometrics, workshops, and coaching.  “Where we are in the 4th industrial revolution, this programme will help to secure the options and opportunities for young people in the humanisation of work”.

Caroline O’Connor was elevated to the Short Term Enterprise Allowance in the summer.  Intreo supported her completion of that programme and enabled her to come to Trinity via Springboard to join Tangent on the PgC in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  “It’s been an avalanche of progress and proved that once you make the first terrifyingly challenging decision, everything else starts to fall into place and so many doors have opened”.  Caroline, mother of two, has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality and FMCG.  She has been involved with No Name! Club since senior secondary school and has run the Naas club for the past four years. 

The organisation works with TY to 6th year students on a programme of social confidence without peer pressure of alcohol and other drugs.  Conor Dalgarno is the web designer, developer and technical genius behind EiSHT.  One of the first .IE registrars, Conor works with start-ups consistently through this ownership of Silkweb Group.  Aside from being a classic car owner and enthusiast, he is the voluntary director of youth rugby with Navan RFC.  Aoife Sheehy is their coach, mentor and psychometrics whiz from their partners in Thomas International.  Aoife was on the UCC Ignite Incubator with her previous employer and is fellow volunteer of No Name! Club.  Caroline brought the team together with their shared core drive to make a social imprint and improve opportunities for young people.

Partnerships with Thomas International, Dulann.com, Silkweb Group and John Murray Headshots have propelled this idea into a fully supported, scalable solution.  The team is charging on, with help from the TES team & Incubator, the Tangent team and others.  The next stage includes rolling out further trials in second level education and development of the web platform.  The whole programme is scalable and can be exported – the key for the team is to continue to prototype and reiterate each stage of the process to its customers. Results from trials have so far proved that the team is set to make EiSHT a social success. 

Trinity’s Budding Entrepreneurs Battle it out on TES Incubator Pitch Night

The TES Incubator Pitch Night, sponsored by Elkstone, was held in the Tangent Main Event Hall, 1st Floor, Dublin Business School, Trinity College Dublin on the 3rd October 2019 on a stormy (Lorenzo) evening.

The event was completely booked out and the attendance was a full house to see 14 teams pitch for 8 places in the esteemed TES Start-up Incubator Mentoring Program 2019/2020. 

Each team had a strict 3 minute pitch with presentation along with 2 minutes Q&A by a leading panel of Business Professional Judges who were not going to go easy on their questions for each team.

We kicked off the night with advisor.works who pitched a solution to the problem of dropout rates of students in postgraduate studies by offering global real-time professional advisors. With 8,000 active members and 18 active business leader advisors on-board, the bar was set to a high standard.

Next up was ARea, an AR / VR Solution for renting expensive office space via a VR device that offers a VR Office Space for start-ups globally. The advantage of this system over Slack was that users ‘felt in the same place!’ and over time they had a compelling pitch.

Next was CAMPA, a company that provides a solution to the aftermath of festivals by offering reusable rental tents. These would be sold B2B, set up and rented to festival goers. These Dome Shaped Elevated Tents made from recycled plastic would be waxed and flame retardant. With a global market of 1 billion they feel they can excel against costly glamping competitors.

Conquer Media were the first team to have actual clients. They are in the Digital Development Services Industry and provide student value and business scalability. Cheaper than the €10k – €20k market by €8.5k – €17k the market size is in the trillions. Competitors include Armour whose products are more expensive, and Upwork which do not have the same superior quality they provide. To date they have turned a profit of €10k with 10 websites.

CROWD are a Casual Event Creation company whose competitors include Bumble and Meetup. Their main difference is that there are not so many steps involved to navigate their system as others. The Core System is a standardised event creation module with One-Touch Technology. It can be aimed towards travelers who are new to a city, for example. The revenue is created from subscriptions and the premium user community. www.crowdapp.com

EiSHT is a Personal and Professional Development programme designed to promote an Emotional Intelligence, Skills, Employability, Professionalism, Gratitude and Social Citizenship solution for the youth of today.  They have measured the quality of their results on the young people who have completed the trials. They have come to the Incubator for Inclusion, Mentorship and Learning Management Workshops.

Forever Shampoo is a B2C solution in the concept stage. The problem is single-use plastic and their solution is a reusable shampoo bottle where you buy a tablet that you mix with water. Their market is socially aware customers and their competition is shampoo bars. Their revenue model will rely on postal subscriptions and Adware. They come to Incubator for Mentoring, Networking & Funding.

Fensei is a Peer-to-Peer learning and mentoring solution at a Market Value level that is not as expensive as personal mentorship. Their competition is not as exciting or engaging. Their revenue model will be comprised of subscriptions, in-app purchases and Premium Mentors. Their quality checks will be via Mentee reviews to access mentor skill levels.

Karmic Coffee Company offers a low sugar, cold textured (nitro) caffeinated beverage aiming to solve the problem of sugar filled cola and competitor cold coffees. In the EU the average person consumes 5kg of coffee per year. Their competition seems to only be Starbucks and their unique selling point (USP) is Locally Produced Coffee with prolonged shelf life.

MediTree is a solution to the healthcare service to Automate and Diagnoses through Machine Learning & AI. It is targeted at healthcare professionals via a healthcare platform. Phase 1 will tackle Blood Samples, Phase 2 will tackle blood PODS which Phase 3 will incorporate into Workflow AI Models for phlebotomists. Competitors include Evolve.

MEC is a Biotech Device solving the problem of culturing cells in Petri dishes which solves the Shear Stress Range Problem. The solution is In Vitro Cell System for Research Labs where the global market value is approximately $12.7 billion. Their competition is the IBIDI System costing $23,000 while they are on their second prototype costing $300-$500 to produce at present.

REZero has a solution for the Single Use Plastic Problem. This is a Swiss-manufactured durable, reusable takeaway container worked on a Deposit/Return Model. Market competitors include CoCup and down2earth. They have sourced the containers from Switzerland and are talking to 3-5 clients at present. They hold the sole distribution rights for Ireland. The enticing nature of this product is that it poses zero cost to consumers.

Sweet Tooth App provides quick tasty treats (desserts) to all focusing on speed and quality. Their business model will be B2B and Subscriptions with a target market of 24-35 year-olds. Their competition is Just Eat and Deliveroo but they intend to improve the model by putting a strong emphasis on customer first.

Wave Tuk Tuk is a €1 Ride (Max 3km) for elderly people who like to be independent. Instead of walking 700 m to public transport they hire a Tuk Tuk for €1. The target market are students in college or the elderly. They plan to launch a location dependent service in Asia, Africa and the UK. The return on investment is the driver purchasing the Tuk Tuk for €2.5k, running the service and selling it on within 3 years.

The places were awarded to REZero, Karmic Coffee Company, Forever Shampoo, Conquer Media, EiSHT, CAMPA, MediTree and MEC with a wildcard place still up for grabs.

Joseph Keegan

TES Incubator Ambassador

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data Analytics)

A Round of Applaud – Trinity Start Up Launch Impressive New Booking Platform

Trinity Start Up Applaud.live, the live-music booking enterprise that empowers musicians to make a living from performing, has launched their new platform with the announcement of the Artist Tier. The Artist Tier will help independent artists compete for bookings with larger management companies and record labels with big marketing budgets.

The Applaud.live platform levels the playing field by allowing unsigned musicians to set up customisable profiles that can be used as an affordable, low maintenance alternative to setting up individual websites. Musicians can also link their social media pages to their profile and display their audio and video content from SoundCloud, Spotify and YouTube allowing potential clients to easily find and listen to the musicians they want to hire for an event.

Applaud.live disrupts the traditional live music business model by enabling independent musicians easy access to their target market without expensive management fees or high commission rates. 

The platform charges €12 per month or €100 annually for a customisable profile that independent musicians can use as a tool to market themselves. Musicians that sign up can select what type of events they wish to perform at as well as define the genres that they most closely align themselves to. The profile serves as an online electronic press kit/music résumé that they can use to send to booking agents and event organisers independently. 

A member of TU Dublin’s Hothouse New Frontiers programme, Applaud.live is led by founder Luke Rynne Cullen. A freelance classical musician, Luke has performed at weddings and festivals and learnt first hand how challenging it is to secure bookings and get paid for these gigs. 

“I was inspired by my own experiences to create this platform for musicians who find it hard to market themselves to event organisers. It enables potential clients to find the perfect musicians for their event. Independent music artists, without professional management, have all had issues both in marketing themselves and getting paid for bookings.”

“Applaud.live has really had a chance to grow as part of the New Frontiers programme and build a platform that can help independent musicians market themselves to a wider audience. This is only the beginning as we are currently building features to help musicians manage their bookings and receive payments securely” he added.

Applaud.live currently has over 400 musicians signed up to their pre launch website and has secured musicians on the prototype platform bookings from the Castleknock Hotel, The Grand Social and ThinkHouse Marketing Agency. Applaud is looking to double the number of musicians signed up to use the service and increase the number of bookings made via the platform with the release of the Artist Tier

Tangential Opportunities: Trinity’s Idea Workspace

John Fink

If you’ve walked through the Berkley Library, and looked to your right as you entered the front door, you may have seen a small room with a lot of blue posters put up around it. This small room may seem innocuous, but actually, it’s a really cool place. Until May 27th of this year, when they move to the new business school, that room is the home of Tangent: Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, A multi-disciplinary, college wide entrepreneurship and innovation initiative. The Tangent program offers several resources that extend far beyond the small borders of the room; If you’re the budding entrepreneurial type, or maybe you never though of yourself as an innovator but have an idea that you think is good, then you’ll absolutely want to stop into the Tangent room or give a look to their website.

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