Meet the ESB Spark of Genius 2016 finalists

Congratulations to OpenBack, Parkpnp and Wia – the three finalists for our ESB Spark of Genius competition. These startups will attend Web Summit in Lisbon and compete in the final competition, where only one will be crowned the ultimate ESB Spark of Genius winner for 2016.

These three up-and-coming Irish startups battled it out live on 2FM against a group of 12 early-stage companies to make it to this stage of the competition.

They’ve already been awarded with their ALPHA packages, so expect to find them on the floor, hustling at Web Summit. Be sure to drop by their booths – these guys are ones to watch.


OpenBack means apps can deliver personalised notifications at the right moment and manage them afterwards, creating powerful and relevant user experiences.

Parkpnp is an online marketplace allowing people to rent out their parking spaces on an hourly, daily or monthly rate.

Wia is a cloud platform that enables users to build a scalable and powerful backend to launch their IoT solutions. This allows developers to create a fully fledged, production-ready solution in just minutes without having to worry about server management, data replication and storage.

Previous winners of ESB Spark of Genius include Bizimply, Love & Robots and Viddyad who have been massively impacted by the success of winning the ESB Spark of Genius Award.

We look forward to what the three finalists will bring to their pitches on stage at Web Summit.

Good luck!

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