#WebSummit: Dublin company, OpenBack, wins "ESB Spark of Genius" award

They walk away with the cash prize of €25,000

Web Summit 2016 is coming to a close, but one Irish company is €25,000 better off after winning the ESB Spark of Genius Award here in Lisbon. This year's winner is Dublin based startup, OpenBack.

The ESB Spark of Genius Award provides a platform for high potential technology start-ups who have been in operation for less than three years and have received under €1 million in funding. Entrants are judged on the uniqueness of their idea, their level of development thus far, and their potential for future growth. 

Twelve semi-finalists were shortlisted from the entrants. Three finalists were then provided with Web Summit’s Alpha StartUp package, placing them in front of a global investor audience at the event in Lisbon. 

The winning firm, OpenBack, are creating a new standard in mobile notifications to drive engagement.


Past winners of the ESB Spark of Genius Award include Bizimply, Love & Robots, Viddyad, Datahug and SmartThings.