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DateThursday, July 09, 2009
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iQ Prize €10k Decision (for Heroes)

Recently Launched Life Saving Website 'Decisions for Heroes' Wins €10k iQ Prize Business Plan Competition

 

 

iQPrize Robin BlandfordDecisions for Heroes, a global web service aimed at helping rescue teams make better life-saving decisions, has won the €10,000 iQ Prize, an the internet startup competition which has been running for the last four months. The final part of the competition was held at an award night in the Guinness Storehouse.

 

 

Founded by young Irish entrepreneur Robin Blandford, an experienced mountain and sea rescue worker himself, Decisions For Heroes identified a common set of problems found in emergency services. The software was created to capture the information surrounding their rescue operations and training exercises, and automatically performs analytical charting, draws heatmaps, and benchmarks reports to outline areas of strength, weakness, and expertise.

 

 

Two hundred and fifty entries were received of which 8 ambitious start-ups were shortlisted and took part in Dragon's Den style presentations to the panel of 5 judges. After their gruelling presentations, the 8 shortlisted candidates had to do it all again and present their elevator pitches to 200 guests.

 

 

Asked how he was going to spend the prize money, Blandford said, "The iQ Prize is a fantastic community driven opportunity for an Irish Start-up. I intend to use the prize fund to travel to the United States to launch trials with US emergency services".

 

 

Once back home in Dublin, Blandford intends to grow the company by taking on an operations expert to focus on data security and scalability.

 

 

Image-driven search engine Plink received the €1,000 People's Choice Prize and an honourable mention from the judging panel. Plink, described as "game-changing technology" by Facebook's EMEA Head of Online Operations and iQ Prize judge, Colm Long, is an image-driven search engine. Plink makes it possible to take a photo of a book cover on your phone and instantly receive a review of it, price comparisons from the web, or information about the author from Wikipedia.

 

 

In March, Dublin internet consultancy iQ Content decided to take action to get the "smart economy" ball rolling. The company launched the iQ Prize, a no-strings-attached grand prize of 10,000 euro for the best business plan from an Irish internet start-up. A six-strong judging panel from global internet industrialists Google, Facebook and Microsoft plus local heroes from Daft, Statcounter and LouderVoice whittled the entries down to a shortlist of 8 entries, and then performed a thorough review at a 'Dragon Dens' style event.

 

 

iQ Content Managing Director Morgan McKeagney, was full of praise for the winner and shortlist. He said, "I'm delighted for Robin, he's a worthy winner and a great model for young Irish entrepreneurs. His story, and the phenomenonal response to the iQ Prize, shows that Ireland is a hotbed of entreprenuerial talent. Given the right support, we believe that many of these young entrepreneurs can go on to create world-class technology companies."

 

 

McKeagney reaffirmed the quality of the entries and urged others to repeat the initiative of the iQ Prize, "If organisations like Enterprise Ireland matched the €10,000 we gave to each of our shortlist, it would be the best investment they could make."

 

 

 

Visit decisionsforheroes.com

 

 

 

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