connect 2018 • 45 “‘THE STANDARD OF PRESENTATIONS FROM TEAMS THIS YEAR WAS REALLY PHENOMENAL. IT IS GREAT TO SEE THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN BY THE IRELAND FUNDS AND NDRC. IT’S GREAT TO SEE THE IRELAND FUNDS SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN THIS SPACE, TO CREATE THE NEXT LEVEL OF INDIGENOUS TALENT THAT IS IRISH-BASED AND THAT CAN SCALE AROUND THE WORLD’.” — Panel judge Gene Murphy, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bank of Ireland Daniel Beere and Luke Sexton of Victor the Visabot which came in 3rd place, Paul Allan of Aurius which won The Ireland Funds 2017 Business Plan Competition and Nimesh Pinnamaneni of Helixworks Technologies which came in 2nd place. Photos: Sean Curtis