5 Hothouse Companies Nominated for IIA Awards 2015

DI Awards

The Annual IIA DOT IE Net Visionary Awards will be held on Friday, October 9th in the RDS Concert Hall. Now in their 17th year, these awards are a mainstay of the internet business calendar. The five Hothouse programme participants/graduates are listed below. Click here to view the full IIA Awards shortlist

Best International Scaling Irish Business 


Smarter Surfaces, previously known as Smart Wall Paint, was founded by Ronan Clarke in 2011.

For a two-year period, Smarter Surfaces was involved in extensive research and development and the company launched their first product, Smart Wall Paint White, in November 2011. The company has filed two new patent applications for a new dry erase coating technology to date in 2014. In 2014, the company launched Smart Wall Paint Clear and the Smart Wall Paint Contractors kit in the first quarter. The Smart Magnetic Primer was the last product to be launched in 2014.

In 2015, the company launched Smart Projector Paint, Smart Magnetic Wallpaper and Smart Whiteboard Sheets - in a mission to provide customers with more functional product choices. 

Smarter Surfaces now has a global network of distributors in every continent as well as a strong presence in multiple languages. These products and company have won a raft of national and international awards including FM European Office Product of the Year 2014. Customers include Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as universities, schools and small businesses all over the world.

Smarter Surfaces were participants on the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers programme in 2012.

See www.smartersurfaces.ie for more information.


Best Start-Up – the one to watch for 2016 


CheckVentory uses highly innovative mobile technology to enable audits to be assigned, managed and reconciled on one platform, quickly, easily and accurately. It enables customers to utilise existing resources in each of the locations, vastly reducing the cost and time of conducting audits. CheckVentory were participants on the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers programme in 2014 and have subsequently won numerous awards including:

  • Docklands innovation Enterprise Awards 2015
  • Entrepreneur Experience Winner 2015
  • Heidelberg Innovation Forum Finalist 2015
  • Silicon Stroll Bootcamp Finalist 2014

See more at: www.checkventory.com


Mummy Cooks is a complete solution for parents as they start to feed their baby right through to family foods.  Mummy Cooks offer a range of storage solutions to help parents save time by batch cooking and freezing food for future use.

Mummy Cooks is currently participating on the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers Phase 2 programme. For more information please see their website - www.mummycooks.ie

Best Innovation for Agri/Food Sector 


Agriland is Ireland’s Largest Farming News Portal. It is it the first dedicated digital news publisher in Agricultural space in Ireland. Agriland launched in July 2013 and current traffic is estimated at 110,000 unique visitors per month growing at 20% month on month. The Agriland news app launched in September 2014 has been downloaded 15,000 times to date.

Agriland participated on the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers programme in 2014.

Please see www.agriland.ie for more information.


Dr. Coy's Health Foods, a family run Irish business, is passionate about positive eating and a healthy lifestyle.  Founder Alison Stroh saw a gap for a truly healthy snack as her research showed that snacking is where people slip up in trying for better nutrition.  In 2012 she approached Dr. Johannes Coy, an award-winning German oncologist, to propose offering chocolate with certified health benefits to the market. 

The company has been supported on its journey by Enterprise Ireland and participated on the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers programme in 2014.

Dr. Coy’s were listed as a finalist in the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2015.

For more information please click www.drcoys.ie