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Thursday 20 September 2018

Gorey company get through to next stage of Voom Pitch competition

Esther Hayden

Wexford company Ruban has made it into the public voting stage of Voom Pitch which is Ireland and the UK's largest pitching competition.

The company which is located in Gorey is headed up by Philip Cullen. Ruban is a new marketing platform helping Irish consumers find the products and services they need - locally. It promotes rural and urban businesses, from all over Ireland, in one easy-to-use online platform. Our name comes from a combination of Rural and Urban.

The top 40 pitches from each category will go through to the semi-finals in Manchester after the public voting round closes on May 15.

If you're a start-up or small to medium sized business with an idea that you think will blow our judges minds, you still have time to enter as applications for Voom Pitch (2018) don't close until May 8. As well as the cash prize, entrants can win an out of home advertising campaign from JCDecaux and a first-stage funding programme from G by Grant Thornton. Additional awards and prizes from Voom Pitch 2018 partners, that will help winning businesses take things to the next level, will be unveiled shortly.

Paul Farrell, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin media said: 'Voom Pitch is back with a bang and is open to Irish entrepreneurs who have what they think it takes to make it to the final and pitch their business idea to Richard Branson for a share of the prize fund worth over €1.1million.

'We've had strong representation in 2016 where seven of the top 40 companies in the competition came from Ireland, and we want to build on that success this year which is why we're delighted a company from Wexford has made it through to the public voting stage of the competition.'

To vote for Ruban in this leg of the competition please log onto https://voom.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitches/ruban-look-local-shop-local.

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