Atturos has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 AIB Start-Up Academy. The 8-week programme, is a joint venture between AIB and The Irish Times to help start-up ventures, with a coveted top prize worth €200,000.
Over 450 applications were received from companies across Ireland of take part in the 2017 AIB Start-Up Academy, and a longlist of 76 was whittled down to a shortlist of just 22 companies. Following a series of five minute elevator-style pitches and a Q&A session, the final 10 companies – including Atturos – were selected by a panel of judges which included; Fiona Mahon and Bridget O’Donoghue, AIB; Elaine O’Hora, Munchies; Jamie Macken, Livewire and Eimear Moran and David Murphy, The Irish Times.
CEO Professor Stephen Pennington said, “I am delighted that Atturos has been selected as one of the companies to participate on this year’s AIB Start-Up Academy”, adding, “I look forward to the programme commencing in February which will be of assistance to us as we finalise plans to launch the Atturos OCProDx test in 2018. This test will be of huge benefit to men diagnosed with prostate cancer as it will provide information to guide the significant life changing decisions they have to make about their treatment.”
Speaking about the 10 finalists, Fiona Mahon, AIB said, “The standard was brilliant, we are three years into the Academy and year on year it’s inspiring to see the level of great start-ups out there. I feel totally inspired by the businesses we saw. One of our criteria (in judging) is to see the passion and the drive and I scored each of them with top marks for that. We really had to look for “can you scale?, Can you make money out of it?”
This years’ AIB Start-Up Academy will begin in February and the final will be held on 20 April. The other 9 finalists in the 2017 AIB Start-Up Academy are;
- Bakers & Cakers
- Frankman Grooming
- Izzy Wheels
- Kiki Moon
- Oathello Network Limited
- Origin Bars
- The Little Pharma Ltd
- Tipperary Boutique Distillery Limited.