Elkstone Venture Monthly Bulletin

Venture January 2020

Paddy’s Snapshot

The new year has begun with lots of positive developments. Firstly, Brigid McKeown has joined the team as Venture Solutions Manager. Her role will involve supporting both our portfolio companies and our own internal operations. Brigid joins from Mastercard Labs, where she was Programme Coordinator for Start Path, Mastercard’s global startup engagement programme. We also will be launching our first deal of the year to the Elkstone Venture Club imminently, so keep an eye out for that.

Paddy Dillon is a Venture Analyst at Elkstone.


HidraMed was recognised for making waves in its industry and featured in Business & Finance’s ‘Ones to Watch’ section, one of the first of 2020. Read more here.

Meal kit company Gousto has partnered with The Meatless Farm Co to deliver consumers more plant-based meals in the UK. These new plant-based options will add to Gousto’s portfolio of over 40 recipes each week and marks the first time that Meatless Farm products will be available through a recipe box service. Read more here.

Online food ordering platform Flipdish has been included, and highlighted as a ‘startup to watch’ in a definitive international report on The Future of On-demand Food Delivery compiled by Sifted an online publication backed by The Financial Times. Download the full report here.

Heist Studios features in Vogue’s take on ‘Can Shapewear Ever Really Be Feminist?’. Heist’s Vice President of Innovation explains how their shapewear is empowering women every day. Read more here.

Manna has partnered with Cubic Telecom for Irish drone food delivery plans. Together, the telecoms business and the drone startup are collaborating with the end goal of launching a new high-speed food delivery service in the US and Europe. Read more here.

Laura Hamilton, HealthBeacon’s CEO of North America, spoke with Silicon Republic regarding her plans to expand the Irish medtech company in the US. Read more here.

Venture Article

Founders of Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker and other billion-dollar companies exploited giant rivals’ weaknesses — and really listened to their customers. Read more here.



Here’s an interesting Podcast for you to listen to on your commute into the office or on your morning jog. Hear what Patricia Scanlon has to say as the CEO and founder of Soapbox Labs, the leader in automated speech recognition for kids. Here is the link to the podcast.