Google’s Adopt a Startup programme opens applications up to Louth entrepreneurs

Over 140 companies have come through the programme to date

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke


Aphix Software

Local entrepreneurs Graham O'Rourke and Mark Reilly of Aphix Software

Louth startups are being invited to apply for Google’s Adopt A Startup programme, which is now opened for applications.

Last year local software company, Aphix software were the Louth applicants. 

Successful entrants in this year's programme will attend an exclusive programme of lectures and workshops as well as receiving hands-on mentoring from experienced Google employees over a 12 week period.  

Throughout the programme, the startups will gain insights and knowledge on how to position and grow their companies on a global scale.  

The 2018 Adopt A Startup programme will have increased emphasis on Strategy and Business Planning, which is the foundation stone for any company to succeed and grow.

It will also focus on scaling the business to stay ahead. That includes optimising a customer acquisition strategy; scaling internationally / export using tools, such as the newly launched Google Market Finder; and how to optimise new infrastructure technologies such as Cloud.

Participants will benefit from the experience of mentors from Google’s Global Business, Marketing, Engineering and Cloud teams.

The programme has seen some familiar faces pass through its doors including Jobbio, global programming club CoderDojo, NewsWhip, The Happy Pear, Beats Medical, Donegal-based Arklu which manufactures Lottie dolls and digital quality assurance and compliance software company, who also won last year’s Autumn programme.

At the end of the 12 weeks, eight selected companies will make a pitch to a panel of industry experts and senior executives for the chance of winning €10,000 of AdWords credit and eligibility for the Google Cloud Platform for Startup programme which comes with $100,000 of Google Cloud credit.

The seven runners-up will also be eligible for the programme and the chance to receive $20,000 in Google Cloud Credits, while one lucky company will win three months free hot desking in DogPatch Labs, Google For Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Partner.

Companies are being urged to get their applications in early as possible as only 30 places are up for grabs. Applications close on March 2nd.

The companies chosen to participate in the Adopt A Startup programme will be announced on the 12th of March.

Paddy Flynn, Director at Google said: “Enterprise Ireland recently reported that in the past year they supported 181 start-ups through their HPSU and CSF programmes which was fantastic to see and reflects the vibrancy and potential of Ireland’s startup community to deliver jobs and economic growth.

"We’re gradually reaching to a point in Ireland where entrepreneurship is seen as a career goal in its own right and it’s great to see entrepreneurs having the confidence to make this definitive career choice buoyed by the success of others." 

 Mr. Flynn continued: 

“TechIreland recently undertook research of over 120 Adopt A Start Up Alumni finding that 60% of these startups had raised significant funding. These companies are not only based in Dublin but across the regions with 40% coming from outside Dublin.

"In addition, 30% of them are female-led. This is indicative of the positive growth of the Startup community which is something that Google is very happy to strongly support on an ongoing basis.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the community through the Adopt A Startup programme and our aim is to provide mentors with expertise across the digital ecosystem to help start-ups scale and stay ahead, not alone in Ireland but globally”.

The new programme has been developed following feedback from Adopt a Startup alumni and what Google is seeing in its work with Irish SMEs.

Interested startups can apply online at: adoptastartup /