Start-up Conker wins €40k NDCR Lift Off competition

By: December 14, 2012
Ben Hurley, chief executive of the NDRC (on left) with Russell Banks, founder of Conker Ben Hurley, chief executive of the NDRC (on left) with Russell Banks, founder of Conker

Ben Hurley, chief executive of the NDRC (on left) with Russell Banks, founder of Conker

Startup firm, Conker, has won the NDRC’s (National Digital Research Centre) Lift Off competition. It will now receive access to a €40,000 investment fund to enable it to accelerate its growth.

Conker aims to help game developers earn more from their free-to-play titles. It increases revenue for free-to-play game developers by tracking and analysing the behaviour of successful players who have purchased items and using that information to influence the behaviour of other players.

Conker competed with 14 other start-ups in a pitching competition which was held in front of an audience of investors and mentors as well as a judging panel. The judging panel included Shay Garvey (Frontline Ventures).

The list of start-ups that competed at Lift Off 2012:

BALLS.IE
Balls.net builds social engagement during live sporting events. It white labels its second screen platform to brands, sports associations and media companies, licensing them a technology that enhances the conversation that takes place on social media during live games.

BUSY MOOS
BusyMoos is a social commerce platform which facilitates the booking of all regular appointments made by busy ladies.

BUZZOO
Buzzoo is a new social music solution for venues such as bars. It provides a selection of licensed music and allows the people visiting the premises to control the music by using their smartphone to view and influence the music being played.

CONKER
Conker.io increases revenue for free-to-play game developers by tracking and analysing the behaviour of successful players who have purchased items and using that information to influence the behaviour of other players.

MOBSTATS
MOBSTATS brings fans into the heart of the action of live sporting events. MOBSTATS lets dedicated fans not only watch but interact directly with the game – at home, in the pub, or in the stadium. By tagging key players, fans get to track the action AND contribute to crowd-sourced match stats, from kick-off right through the entire season.

POWWOW
Powwow is a production company creating cross platform entertainment for the digital generation. It creates “Storyworlds” that are connected across mobile, Web, TV, and even the physical world. Currently working on its first transmedia entertainment property “The World of ShipAntics” an animated comedy adventure game, web-series, TV series and more.

PROWLSTER
Prowlster says it is revolutionising magazine publishing online. “We are a dynamic fashion magazine with a ‘Buy It Now’ button. Readers browse through high-quality editorial and user-generated content; they explore, comment, share, and critically – they shop. Prowlster allows readers to purchase products directly off the page.”

REVERBEO
Reverbeo helps businesses grow their global audience by reducing the time and cost of building and delivering multilingual websites and web content.

RISC
iGeoComms provide location-based alert systems to a wide range of national and international industries.

SENDDR
Senddr is an invoice exchange that transfers invoices directly between different accounting systems. Using Senddr, you can transfer invoices from your accounting system into that of your customer, reducing errors and helping you get paid quicker. Senddr can also notify you when your invoice has been approved and when you have been paid. You can also use Senddr to receive invoices eliminating time spent on data entry.

STOCKENVY
Stockenvy debuts products from emerging designers and gives its members the chance to own them first.

TEMPITY
Tempity is an online platform, which matches recruitment agencies with available temps. Recruitment agencies can easily monitor the availability of temporary candidates and using the platform, match their clients with temps in real time, based on location and skills required.

VIDEOSCAMP
VideoScamp is a video content marketplace exclusively for online retailers.

VOUCHERLINK
Voucher Link leverages the three trends of gifting, mobile and social networks through a B2B model. “We enable merchants monetise their social media presence in under five minutes and enable Facebook users give gifts from businesses to their friends no matter their location.”

ZENDOC
ZenDoc says it simplifies compliance for medical technology companies.