Fuseami, a new start up company from the internationally successful TSSG research and innovation centre, is delighted to have been accepted into the FI-C3 accelerator program. This European program is focused on developing new Internet services across the areas of Smart Cities, Media and Content, and Care and Wellbeing. Out of 352 entries from across Europe, only 28 companies were selected for funding. The competitive process was tough with multiple cut-offs before the final pitches, where the final 28 winners were selected.
The funding, which is in excess of €100k over a 9 month period, is combined with mentorship and other supports from the accelerator program. The Waterford start-up is focused on helping business people to network better at conferences and events. It is the first company to bring a truly advanced solution to the challenge of how to find the best people to connect with at a conference.
Fuseami founder Kevin Doolin, has managed a number of large EU research programs. He developed the concept out of several years of work on a 15 million Euro project called ‘Societies’ which was based on IoT technologies which enabled with dynamic community formation. He has refined the technology into a concept for the spin out ‘fuseami’ and has spent the last 2 years working on the technology with software developers from TSSG, with the support of Enterprise Ireland. The technology has a patent pending and the service is now being rolled out to conferences.
Michael Fennelly, CEO of Fuseami, has been amazed at the uptake of the service. Initial live trials were conducted earlier this year and these proved extremely successful. Primarily through word of mouth, the company has signed up over 50 conferences, across 17 countries. Conference organisers see the value and immediately understand how the service can drive networking at their event. Prestigious conferences such as ICT2015, with over 4,000 delegates and taking place in Lisbon 19th– 22nd of October are delighted to adopt and promote the services to their attendees.
Delegates at a conference use fuseami through a mobile app for Apple, Android and Windows devices. It is easy for conferences to adopt the service and delegates simply download the app and can start networking immediately. In addition to the advanced networking, fuseami provides the essential conference information such as agendas and speaker details. The service has been proven to enhance any event with over 50 people, where networking is a core element of the experience.
Barry Downes, CEO of TSSG and Founder of FeedHenry has congratulated Kevin Doolin on winning the funding by saying “Kevin Doolin has worked on pervasive computing for over 10 years and fuseami is the accumulation of those years of research. His work has taken the pain out of business networking at conferences. By using fuseami, you maximise your networking opportunity and find the best connections, no matter how matter how many people are at the conference”.
TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. The TSSG organisation has a history of success spin-outs, having sold FeedHenry for €65m to Red Hat in 2014.
fuseami is the smarter networking and conferencing app. Using our unique relevance technology, fuseami helps delegates meet the right people at a conference. fuseami brings the first truly smart solution to the challenge of business networking at events.
Conferences of all sizes worldwide are adopting the fuseami app to boost the networking at their events. Including many tier one conferences such as ICT2015 or IEEE Globecom2015.
FI-C3 Accelerator Program. http://www.fic3.eu
TSSG – http://www.tssg.org