Meet the 8 Dublin Companies in the Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator Cohort

Startup accelerators serve a very basic purpose: to grow and support great ideas that might not have the resources to succeed. They give the capital, mentorship, and general guidance necessary to turn their great idea into a viable business. However, some great ideas fall through the cracks and never see the light of day. Fortunately, Startup Boost is the pre-accelerator program looking to chance that.

As a the successor to Startup Next, Startup Boost is backed by the Bank of Ireland and Google Ireland with the goal of helping to increase the opportunity of success for startups joining accelerator programs. And with these kinds of resources, they might just be able to pull it off.

“Over a six-week period, a cohort of selected early-stage tech start-ups are taught by amazing local thought leaders in subjects including venture funding, accelerators, how to build great product and other areas while also being drilled, week in week out, on their pitch readiness, and getting time with our entrepreneur lead mentor sessions,” said Gene Murphy, entrepreneur-in-residence at Bank of Ireland, to Silicon Republic.

Startup Boost has announced the eight companies that will make up its first cohort. Check them out below and keep your eye to the ground for news about these budding Dublin startups.

Aine NutriScience

Aine NutriScience is a one-stop, personalized nutrition platform for livestock and other animals. It is a comprehensive, engaging, full-loop (including grass analysis and quality management) animal feed formulation platform. The product delivers tailored nutritional advice based on the needs, conditions and requirements of each particular user/farmer and their animals.

Bespoke Choice

Bespoke Choice enables event venues to adapt to the modern couple’s needs, using an online software platform developed to increase wedding venue sales and revenue.


Hublio is a digital insurance and finance assistant. Typically, people don’t understand whether they’re sufficiently covered, or if they have the correct and optimized financial stability for themselves, their family and their business.


Krayon is an online booking platform for offline, in-person workshops. Using Krayon, offline workshop teachers can make it easier, faster and more efficient for their current and future customers to discover, book and pay for hands-on educational workshops.


Lexi is an industry-specific, language-learning platform targeted at professionals. Lexi teaches non-native English speakers job-specific vocabulary. Its bespoke language-learning courses are generated through a machine-learning algorithm that scrapes through industry-specific online websites. allows users to have face-to-face conversations from anywhere, creating highly engaging meetings. The collaboration software is built for distributed teams, which can share the same physical space while separated by geography.

Tor Fitness

Tor Fitness helps gym members to succeed with their workouts by allowing them to track their progress every session, giving feedback and advice to motivate and encourage.


Upryzr is a multisided marketplace platform for entertainers – think AngelList for the entertainment industry. It helps musicians, filmmakers and comedians to validate their talent and creative projects, and then matches them with top-level industry professionals and big-name record labels, studios etc.

Read more about the Dublin startup ecosystem on TechCo

Company descriptions provided by Silicon Republic

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