AI start-up Kids Speech Labs scoops €250,000 Alsessor Accelerator Programme prize

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Dublin, Ireland:

Alsessor – an accelerator programme developed by Altada Technology Solutions in partnership with Tangent, Trinity College Dublin’s Ideas Workspace – hosted its second successful annual demo day last week which oversaw seven start-ups go head-to-head for the chance to win up to €250,000.

The winner, who banked the quarter of a million investment, was Shona D’Arcy, CEO and founder of Kids Speech Labs, a company which facilitates parents in providing speech and language support to their children from the comfort of their own home.

Shona developed a software named ‘SHARE’, a data-sharing platform for speech and language therapists to review early data on a child’s development and triage them to the appropriate services. The key issue they noticed was that the waiting list for speech therapy was extremely long, and the process is entirely manual. 

Through SHARE, Kids Speech Labs predicts that 20% of families will get access to speech and language therapy remotely, allowing support to be accessed by those in need whilst freeing up in-person therapy for those with more complex speech impediments. 

“The start-up journey is hard, but when you come across a programme like the Alsessor AI accelerator it makes it just a bit easier. We had an incredible cohort of companies, workshops, and mentors. This investment will accelerate the adoption of our technology across the UK and Ireland to deliver meaningful impacts to the lives of thousands of children,” said Shona D’Arcy

Winners of Alsessor AI 2022, Kids Speech Labs. From left: Ken Finnegan CEO of Tangent Trinity’s Idea Workspace, Gavan Drohan Head of Entrepreneurship Tangent Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, Sylwia Brzozowska

Chief Education Officer at Altada, Shona D’arcy Founder of Kids Speech Labs, Jamie Heaslip Growth Lead of Stripe, Niamh Parker & Allan Beechinor Co-CEO’s & Co-Founders of Altada Technology Solutions & Breandán Goss European Accelerator Manager, Tangent Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. (Photo: Repro free)

“Huge congratulations to Shona D’Arcy and team. It’s incredible to see what happens when you lead with purpose. I am extremely proud that two female founders have taken first prize two years in a row,” said Niamh Parker Co-CEO, Co-Founder & Chief of People & Legal Officer.

A secondary prize worth €50,000 of AI professional services was awarded to Zonitas, who was selected as the most innovative start-up, to assist with scaling their solution. Their product, a digital critical care communication platform will enable the transfer of vital patient information. 

Winner of Phalguni Hero Award, Zonitas. From left: Ken Finnegan CEO of Tangent Trinity’s Idea Workspace, Gavan Drohan Head of Entrepreneurship Tangent Trinity’s Ideas Workspace , Sylwia Brzozowska Chief Education Officer at Altada,  Deidre McGuone Kiely Director Product Design of Zonitas, John Butterly Co-Founder & COO of Zonitas, Dr Vinod Malik Founder & CEO of Zonitas Jamie Heaslip Growth Lead for Stripe, Niamh Parker & Allan Beechinor Co-CEO’s & co-Founders of Altada Technology Solution & Breandán Goss European Accelerator Manager, Tangent Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. (Photo: Repro free)

After observing the seven pitches it was evident that the potential within the start-ups is immense. There is an element of excitement amongst all the innovators as any one of these early companies could go on to make a true impact on the world. 

“I am really impressed with the high standard of this year’s cohorts,” added Ken Finnegan, CEO at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. “

“It was such an incredibly hard decision for the judges and I am proud of the work each cohort put into their pitch. This is not the end of their journey; we will still continue supporting them and I have every confidence in their future growth. We’re already looking forward to Alsessor 2023,” added Mr Finnegan. 

About Alsessor

Alsessor is an accelerator programme for early-stage AI companies at the prototype or proof of concept phase of development. Founded in 2020, the programme offers an environment for learning with an ecosystem of support. Altada and Tangent partnered in creating Alsessor to upskill and nurture the participating start-ups to be investment-ready. The programme takes place over 5 months through a hybrid of in person (Dublin, Ireland) and virtual workshops, accepting applicants globally. Companies apply through requesting an application form via our website. Previous winners are Empeal (a digital health and well-being platform) and Kids Speech Labs (digital platform to access speech and language therapy), who each received up to €250,000 in investment. Alsessor participants operate across a variety of industries including retail, digital health, fintech, insurtech, regulatory, and compliance.

About Altada Technology Solutions

With offices in Europe and the US, Altada provides scalable artificial intelligence solutions to companies  in financial services, travel and security and healthcare. Altada’s solutions are successfully driving data-driven decision-making. Its executive and technical team have over 75 years’  experience of expertise in AI technologies. Altada holds itself to the highest ethical standards and code of conduct in all its business relationships and strongly supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

About Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace

As a European leader in student entrepreneurship, Trinity College Dublin, the University of  Dublin has established Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. This space, housed in a world-class facility, co-located within an expanded School of Business, offers students, staff, and the wider innovation ecosystem a place to come together to collaborate, build and innovate. Trinity is at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship as an engine for economic growth and for social and cultural development.  For the seventh year in a row Trinity College Dublin has been voted the No.1 University in Europe for Student Entrepreneurship. (Pitchbook 2021)


Alsessor Contact:

Sylwia Brzozowska

Chief Education Officer

+353 879375402

Tangent Contact:

Aine Phelan

Head of Engagement

   +35387 2892905


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