‘Pearing Up’ in the Big Apple – Young Irish Start-up arrives in New York
Three young Irish entrepreneurs have left behind the Irish summer for the opportunity of a lifetime in New York City.
Alex Mann from Co. Kerry, Tiernan Kennedy from Co. Clare and our own Dermot Markey from Warrenpoint moved to New York City for the summer to attend the General Electric | OMD start-up incubator in Downtown Manhattan.
The three, recently graduated Trinity College Dublin classmates, were accepted into the incubator after a challenging selection process. The team are developing a mobile app named PearUp that allows people to connect with each other offline to play sports and other activities.
PearUp was initially a final year college project but upon completion the team decided to enter it into the GE|OMD Incubator application process. After a long wait the team were informed they had made it to the final stage and had to do a Skype interview with the directors of the incubator as the final round of the process.
No later than one week after the interview the team heard they were in. Local man Dermot, one of the founding trio, says “We couldn’t believe it, we knew the whole time that we had a good idea and a good product but to get accepted into such a prestigious program, and in New York City was an amazing opportunity!”
The ten week long incubator program is run by both GE and OMD from their offices on Broadway and provides 8 different teams with free office space, access to expert mentoring along with free business classes and private talks with some of the worlds leading business founders.
PearUp however are the only team outside of North America and so feel extremely privileged to be given the opportunity, Morgan Silver-Greenberg, Director of GE/OMD Incubator enthused, “We couldn’t be more excited to have the Irish lads with us for our sophomore class. This year was incredibly competitive and the young team out of TCD surfaced as an early favourite with the technical and business savvy needed to build an innovative product as well as a youthful and fearless approach to technology.
“We are looking forward to helping them develop and launch this summer. After a few weeks it is already apparent that they are a great group for us to invest in.”
PearUp will be available to the public in the next three months from the Apple App Store.
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