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National Startup Awards 2019

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

Cambrist wins Grand Prix Award at the 2019 National Startup Awards

Thursday, 24th October 2019:

Cambrist has picked up the Grand Prix Startup of the Year Award, at the National Startup Awards 2019. The Awards took place on Thursday, 24th October at Dublin’s City Hall

Cambrist, founded by Jacob Clafin Blake Newman and Victor Mikhailov, was also named overall winner in the FinTech category. Cambrist is a fintech startup, backed by leading payments industry veterans, with teams in Dublin, Ireland and Austin, Texas.

Their vision is to fundamentally change the current model of international card payments by empowering banks and processors around the world to take control of the foreign exchange rates applied to their cardholders’ international payment transactions.

The competition recognises innovative, successful and aspirational Irish startup companies who have launched their businesses in the last five years. This year, awards were presented to deserving winners across 13 categories including tech, retail, product and tourism with gold, silver and bronze winners being awarded in each category.

The full list of gold award winners is:

· ApisProtect, Agritech Startup

· Gym Plus Coffee, eCommerce Startup

· SalesOptimize , Emerge-Tech Startup

· Cambrist, Fintech Startup

· Dr. Coy's Health Foods, Food and Drink Startup

· GlowDx , Medtech Startup

· Glavloc Building Technology, Product and Manufacturing Startup

· Strydetech, Research Spinout / 3rd Level

· Vitropics Ltd, Retail and Fashion Startup

· Thriftify. Social / Sustainable Startup Award

· ApisProtect, Tech Startup

· International Outdoor Adventure Centre, Travel and Tourism Startup

Enterprise Ireland – High Potential Start ups - Divisional Manager - Jennifer Melia said

“Enterprise Ireland supports Irish companies with global ambition to grow their businesses and to scale internationally, with a particular focus on innovative start-ups. Encouragement and mentorship are fundamental elements of our support system and for this reason, we are delighted to partner with the National Startup Awards. The Awards provide these companies with the foundation from which they can grow and thrive within the start-up ecosystem. It is always exciting for us to see the quality of start-up companies emerging across the country and the innovative ideas and products they are bringing to the fore, and I look forward to seeing what is ahead for this year’s winners and runners up”

Commenting on the Awards, Stephen Dillon, Founder of, said “Once again we were amazed and inspired by the quality and passion of the Startups involved in this year’s awards. With the National Startup Awards we are proud to recognise and reward the very best of Irish startup businesses. A vibrant Startup eco system is essential to every economy and judging by the quality of this years competition the future for Irish Startups is very bright indeed. We hope that all of the participants enjoyed the experience and we look forward to watching their progress over the coming years. Well done to all our finalists and congratulations to this years winners. ”

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