Social Mapping Software Company Scoops 2009 Enterprise Award Title
Dublin-based social software company, Locle, which has developed a ‘friend finder’ mapping application for mobile phones, last night beat off stiff competition to win the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards 2009 and Euro10,000 for having the best new investment proposal.
Pictured l-r: Bernadette O’Reilly Hothouse beside Ronan Higgins (Locle) the 2009 Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Award winner and Cairin O’Connor Bolton Trust.
Locle (www.locle.com) is a social mapping application for mobile phones that combines information from a user’s mobile handset address book with social networks such as Bebo, Facebook and MySpace to create mapping services showing them where their friends are. Locle is an enhanced mobile web experience that facilitates ‘here’s where I am, and here’s where my friends are’ for social networks and groups.
Co-founder of Locle, Ronan Higgins, a current Hothouse Venture Programme participant had 15 minutes to present its business plan to a panel of judges comprising Sean Melly of Powerscourt Investments; Michael Murphy of NCB Ventures; Sean Mitchell from Movidia and Michael Farrelly from TNS Media Market.
Locle has received letters of interest from two of Europe’s largest and fastest growing social networks (Netlog and Badoo) representing over 60 million users. The company is a Charter member of the Oslo Alliance formed by the top fifteen location based social software companies. Established in 2008 by Higgins and co-founder, Peter Oonk, Locle has received several awards including the eircom web innovation award, was shortlisted for the 2008 Golden Spider Best Mobile Application Award and the 2008 Nokia Mobile Innovation Award. The company has already secured seed funding to take it through year 1 and is now seeking additional funding from investors.
The other finalists at the awards were Mary Skelly from Microbide and Matt Bonner from Trezur, who each received Euro1,500. Now in its seventh year, the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards programme is the initiative of Hothouse and Bolton Trust and is aimed at showcasing the best innovative companies to investors. Previous winners include: Breakout Interactive (2008); Officemetrics (2007); Ripple Software Ltd (2006); Glantreo Ltd (2005); Sigmoid Pharma (2004) and Allergy Standards Ltd (2003). This year awards were presented by Paul Maloney, Chief Executive, Dublin Docklands Development Authority.