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  • Seedcorn Overall Winners 2020

NUA Surgical, a medical start-up from Galway has been named the Overall Winner of the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition, pocketing a cash prize of €100,000 at the online awards ceremony on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

Based out of NUI Galway, NUA Surgical is dedicated to innovating in women’s health. They developed SteriCISION, a novel C-Section retractor that tackles the major unmet needs of the Caesarean Section (C-section). It will largely impact clinicians, hospitals and patients to ensure a safer surgery.

This is NUA Surgical’s second year of entering the Seedcorn competition, having reached the regional finals in 2019.

Barry McCann, CEO at NUA Surgical said; “Seedcorn has been a tremendous journey for us, having only reached the regional final in 2019 and now being crowned the overall winner one year later is amazing. Our success in Seedcorn is great validation of our investment opportunity it demonstrates that we are now investor ready. This win is another steppingstone in bringing the device to market, where we can really make a difference in women’s health.”

GenoME Diagnostics from Northern Ireland was also a winner taking home €50,000 and the title of Best New Start.

Established in 2020, GenoME Diagnostics are currently developing a novel blood test to detect an earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Their technology can be applied to biomarker discovery and development in a wide range of diseases and applications.

Commenting on their win, Shannon Beattie, COO at GenoME Diagnostics said; “We are thrilled to be announced as the ‘New Start’ category winner this year as we were up against very stiff competition. The prize money will allow us to validate our ovarian cancer diagnostic and get it into clinics as quickly as possible, it will also provide us with the opportunity to increase our business visibility internationally through networking at tradeshows and conferences.”

In addition, Belfast based software company Sonrai Analytics won a Special Award of €10,000, for the Best Company stemming from a university spin-out or support programme.The company has developed a data-integration platform revolutionises precision medicine for Biotech and Pharma to accelerate discovery in diseases impacting lives today.

2020 Winners


StatusCompany Website
Northern IrelandOverall WinnerGenoME Diagnostics

Connacht & Leinster

Early Stage Category Winner

Northern IrelandSpecial Award WinnerSonrai
Connacht & Leinster

New Start Regional Winner

DublinEarly Stage Regional Winner

eSeed Technologies

DublinNew Start Regional WinnerExamfly Learning
MunsterEarly Stage Regional Winner

MunsterNew Start Regional Winner

Northern IrelandEarly Stage Regional WinnerSonoTarg Ltd

2019 Winners

Region Company Status Category


MunsterTracworxOverall Winner

Early Stage

Limerick Medical app
Connacht & LeinsterAtlantic Photonic SolutionsOverall New Start Winner

New Start

CastlebarEnvironmental device
Connacht & LeinsterVenari MedicalEarly Stage Regional Winner

Early Stage

Medical device
DublinThriftifyNew Start Regional Winner

New Start


E-commerce charity platform
DublinOutput SportsEarly Stage Regional Winner

Early Stage

DublinFitness device
MunsterMiura RegtechNew Start Regional Winner

New Start


Software developer
MunsterAudioSourceRESpecial Award Winner

Early Stage

CorkReverse engineer audio
Northern IrelandRotaPalNew Start Regional Winner

New Start


Medical app
Northern IrelandWaterworx RoboticsEarly Stage Regional WinnerEarly Stage


Underwater drone

2018 Winners

Region Company Status Category Location Sector
Connacht & Leinster Loci Orthopaedics Overall Seedcorn winner Early Start Galway Medical device
Connacht & Leinster HidraMed Solutions Overall New Start winner New Start Galway Medical device
Munster ARQ Asset Solutions Regional Winner New Start Cork Remote oil monitoring technology
Munster Class Medical Regional Winner Early Stage Limerick Medical device
Dublin DropChef Regional Winner New Start Dublin Subscription-based food delivery service
Dublin Invizbox Regional Winner Early Start Dublin Cyber security
Northern Ireland Jumpack Ltd Regional Winner New Start Downpatrick Portable extreme sports ramp
Northern Ireland NeuroCONCISE Special Award Winner New Start Derry/Londonderry Medical device
Northern Ireland Artomatix Special Award Winner New Start Dublin 3D AI software

2017 Winners

Northern IrelandPhion TherapeuticsOverall Seedcorn winnerEarly StartBelfastPharmaceutical
Connacht & LeinsterCerebreonOverall New Start winnerNew StartDonegalInsolvency Software
MunsterHelixworks TechnologiesRegional winnerNew StartCorkDNA Manufacturing
MunsterThalman HealthRegional winnerEarly StageCorkMedical Device
Connacht & LeinsterNova LeahRegional winnerEarly StageDundalkCyber Security for Medical Devices
DubliniKydzRegional winnerNew StartDublinInternet Monitoring
DublinCroíValveRegional winnerEarly StartDublinMedical Device
Northern IrelandXenobicsRegional winnerNew StartBelfastFood Safety Testing
Northern IrelandGray’s ClipSpecial award winnerNew StartLisburnElectrical Cable Fixing

2016 Winners

DublinValitacellOverall Seedcorn winnerEarly StageDublinMedical Devices
Connacht & LeinsterGecko GovernanceOverall New Start winnerNew StartDundalkIT
Northern IrelandYedup LimitedRegional winnerNew StartBelfastIT
Northern IrelandLiopa LimitedRegional winnerEarly StageBelfastIT
DublinNasal MedicalRegional winnerNew StartDublinMedical Devices
MunsterKollect on Demand LtdRegional winnerNew StartWaterfordWaste Management
MunsterSkellig SurgicalRegional winnerEarly StageCorkMedical Devices
Connacht & LeinsterOvvoRegional winnerNew StartDundalkManufacturing
MunsterOstoformSpecial award winnerEarly StageLimerickMedical Devices

2015 Winners

Northern IrelandPhotonic MeasurementsRegional winnerNew StartBelfast
Northern IrelandModern DemocracyRegional winnerEarly StageDerry
DublinKillBillerRegional winnerNew StartDublin
DublinSirius XTOverall winnerEarly StageDublin
MunsterOcean SurvivorOverall winnerNew StartLimerick
MunsterRendicityRegional winnerEarly StageCork
Connacht & Leinster*Aphix SoftwareRegional winnerNew StartLouth
Connacht & Leinster*Kong DigitalRegional winnerEarly StageLouth
Connacht & Leinster*Catalytic Burners Limited t/a CBL EquipmentSpecial award winnerEarly StageCarlow

2014 Winners

Northern IrelandSystem Ready t/a PT DockRegional winnerNew StartBelfastICT
Northern IrelandJenarron TherapeuticsRegional winnerEarly StageDunmurrayMedical Devices
DublinTruePivotOverall winnerNew StartDublinICT
DublinStayholdRegional winnerEarly StageSwordsManufacturing
MunsterSonarsimRegional winnerNew StartLimerickICT
MunsterAventamedOverall winnerEarly StageKinsaleMedical Devices
Connacht & Leinster*EVB Sports ShortsRegional winnerNew StartDroghedaManufacturing
Connacht & Leinster*Nearfield CommunicationsRegional winnerEarly StageAthloneICT
Connacht & Leinster*eMedia Interactive t/a Pocket AnatomySpecial award winnerEarly StageGalwayMedical Devices

2013 Winners

Northern IrelandBlow Moulding TechnologiesRegional winnerNew StartBelfastManufacturing
Northern IrelandSee.Sense.Regional winnerEarly StageNewtownardsManufacturing
DublinFenestra ProRegional winnerNew StartDublinICT
DHGFijowaveRegional winnerEarly StageDublinICT
MunsterQ1 ScientificRegional winnerNew StartWaterfordMedical Devices
MunsterZetoRegional winnerEarly StageCorkSoftware Manufacturing
Connacht & Leinster*Element SoftwareOverall winnerNew StartGalwayICT
Connacht & Leinster*Westway HealthOverall winnerEarly StageGalwayVeterinary Health Solutions
DublinBizimplySpecial award winnerEarly StageDublinICT

2012 Winners

Northern IrelandRotify Ltd.Regional winnerEmergingNewtownabbeyICT
Northern IrelandCATAGEN LTDOverall winnerHigh GrowthBelfastEngineering
DublinWattics LimitedOverall winnerEmergingDublinRenewables
DHGOptiwi-fiRegional winnerHigh GrowthDublinTelecomms
MunsterGnarly AdventureRegional winnerEmergingCorkICT
MunsterMitaMedRegional winnerHigh GrowthCorkLife Science
Connacht & Leinster*Full Health MedicalRegional winnerEmergingTraleeHealthcare
Connacht & Leinster*Algae HealthRegional winnerHigh GrowthGalwayManufacturing
MunsterAlanya LtdSpecial award winnerEmergingCorkAgriculture

2011 Winners

DublinTethras TechnologiesRegional HG WinnerDublinICT
DublinZinc Software LtdOverall Emg WinnerDublinICT
Northern IrelandCirdan Imaging LtdRegional HG WinnerLisburnMedical Devices
Northern IrelandTour TalkRegional Emg WinnerBelfastICT
Special AwardAir Dryer SystemsSpecial Award WinnerCorkManufacturing
Connacht & LeinsterThe Oriel Sea Salt CompanyRegional HG winnerLouthProducer of sea minerals
Connacht & LeinsterAdvance ScienceRegional Emg WinnerGalwayScientific Research
MunsterALR InnovationsOverall HG winnerLimerickRecycling Technology
MunsterSurgaCollRegional Emg WinnerCorkMedical Devices

2010 Winners

DublinInnovation ZedRegional WinnerDublinMedical Devices
DublinBarracuda FXOverall WinnerDublinSoftware
Northern IrelandTxt2GiveRegional WinnerPortstewartDigital Media & Web 2.0
Special AwardLenisAerSpecial Award WinnerBelfastOther
Northern IrelandLamhRoeRegional WinnerBelfastTelecommunications
Connacht & LeinsterEpona BiotechOverall WinnerBallinodeLife Science
Connacht & LeinsterSonruRegional WinnerEnniscorthyDigital Media & Web 2.0
MunsterCRM Pulse t/a DatahugRegional WinnerTraleeSoftware
MunsterRadisens DiagnosticsRegional WinnerCorkMedical Devices

2009 Winners

Connacht & LeinsterGroupNos TechnologiesRegional WinnerBallinodeHealthcare ICT
DublinCathx Ocean LtdRegional WinnerNewhallManufacturing and Industrial
DublinCalom TechnologiesRegional WinnerDublinDigital media & Web 2.0
MunsterFerficsRegional WinnerCorkSemi-conductor
MunstercoClarity Ltd T/A GoshidoSpecial AwardLimerickSoftware
MunsterCauwill TechnologiesOverall WinnerLimerickICT
Northern IrelandSOPHIA SearchOverall WinnerBelfastSoftware
Northern irelandCocoonRegional WinnerLisburnManufacturing

2008 Winners

Connacht & LeinsterMcor Technologies LtdOverall WinnerArdeeManufacturing and Industrial
Connacht & LeinsterSOTA OrthopaedicsRegional WinnerChurch RoadMedical Devices
MunsterHKPB Scientific LimitedRegional WinnerThurlesMedical Devices
MunsterWavebreakmediaRegional WinnerBishopstownDigital media & Web 2.0
Northern IrelandLearningpoolRegional WinnerCo DerryICT
Northern IrelandMedia Lightbox LtdOverall WinnerNewryDigital media & Web 2.0
DublinCoolpowerRegional WinnerDublinEnergy and Technology
DublinFlowers Made Easy LtdRegional WinnerSandyford Industrial EstateOnline Florist

2007 Winners

ConnachtChipright LtdRegional WinnerGalwayTelecommunications
ConnachtEmbricon LtdRegional WinnerGalwayMedical Devices
DublinOpenplainOverall WinnerDublinICT
DublinSentry WirelessSpecial AwardDigital HubTelecommunications
DublinMovidia T/A MovidiusOverall WinnerDublin 1ICT
MunsterFood-NPD TeorantaRegional WinnerWaterfordFood
MunsterFlúirse LtdSpecial AwardTraleeICT- Educational Software / Online Resources
MunsterAspiraCon Ltd.Regional WinnerBishopstownICT
Northern IrelandTitan IC Systems LtdRegional WinnerBelfastTelecommunications

2006 Winners

ConnachtQuaternity LtdWinnerCarrick on ShannonICT
Northern IrelandInspecVision LtdWinnerWillowbank Road MillbrookManufacturing and Industrial
DublinAonta Technologies LimitedWinnerBelfieldtelecommunications
DublinBlue Face LtdWinnerDublin 2ICT
MunsterPark Magic Mobile Solutions Ltd (t/a ParkMagic)WinnerLimerickTelecommunications
LeinsterBlueacre TechnologyWinnerCarlingfordMedical Devices
CorkEnBIO ltdOverall WinnerBishopstownLife Science
CorkMPSTORSpecial AwardBishopstownICT

2005 Winners

BelfastMail DistillerWinnerCo AntrimBT Spinout – mail management
Northern IrelandNvolveWinnerPort RoadTraining / presentation aid
DublinDiscover Mobile/Beacon ITSpecial AwardDublin 3Mobile portal service provider
DublinSigmoid Biotechnologies LtdOverall WinnerEast PointMini capsule drug delivery system
DublinIdiro Technologies/SWCWinnerTallaghtData mining and automation software
ConnachtZerusaWinnerNewcastle RoadMedical Devices
CorkTreemetricsWinnerBishopstownTree measuring for harvesting
MunsterBioatlantis LtdWinnerTraleeNeutraceutical animal products

2004 Winners

BelfastFusion AntibodiesWinnerDunmurry, BelfastProduction of custom made antibodies to detect proteins
Northern IrelandRSI SystemsWinnerAntrim
DublinGas Sensor SolutionsWinnerDublin 9Low cost, non-invasive, light film based gas sensors initially for food and packaging sectors
DublinNeosera systems ltdSpecial awardDublin 4Semiconductor design and verifictaion solution business (silicon chips optimisation)
LeinsterSmart HomesOverall WinnerDundalkModular cabling and electrical solutions for the residential home market
ConnachtMetamusic limitedWinnerCo. na GaillimheSoftware tool to allow the automated composition of a musical soundtrack based on video content
CorkPervenioWinnerCorkLow power & cost wireless sensors for heating & ventilation using Zigbee technology
MunsterChipsensorsWinnerLimerickLight, humidity and temperature sensors

2003 Winners

BelfastSLDIWinnerCo. AntrimTechnology under development for oil and gas exploration sector.
Dublini-conX SolutionsWinnerClondakinS/W billing solution to be used by telecos to bill other telecos
LeinsterArmac SystemsWinnerDundalkIT solutions for aircraft maintenance/stock control
ConnachtProxy BiomedicalWinnerCo. GalwaySoft tissue implants to aid surgical recovery
MunsterTravelFatWinnerKerryInternet enabled reservations s/w suite for travel industry
CorkLuxcel BiosciencesJoint WinnerCorkManufacturers of bathroom/kitchen pods
Northern IrelandOpt2VoteWinnerNorthern IrelandElectronic voting software solutions
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