ACE supported company Feedpods enters USA market!

The Irish born company Feedpods supported by the ACE programme back in 2015, has successfully entered the United States market with their revolutionary technology for nutrition and feeding of animals. 

The company that is already working with some of the world's most famous zoos and animal parks, now sees its technology being implemented at the Albuquerque Zoo in New Mexico - giving it the title of first zoo in the US to feed animals by using an app! Such news was greated with enthusiasm by the local media as seen in the video below.  

Since then, Feedpdos has also secured new contracts with zoos in San Francisco and San Diego, California.


ACE goes Creative!

#ACECreative is the next generation of ACE, targeted only at companies mixing ICT and Creativity. 

We are proud to announce the #ACECreative accelerator launching its first ever call for companies to select 2015’s TOP 50 ICT driven Creative start-ups in Europe. Companies are encouraged to apply for their chance to win (as always!) a customised support package to grow their business internationally, and to benefit from targeted coaching and tailored advice with a specially assigned experienced mentor.

Coordinated by EBN and building on the ACE Acceleration Programme for innovative ICT SMEs, #ACECreative is designed specifically for creative start-ups and SMEs developing and working with the latest technologies (e.g. 3D printing) and ICT SMEs innovating in the creative sector. ACE Creative will support Europe’s most innovative SMEs through its European network of expertise in training, investment and business coaching, ensuring these companies rapidly gain entry and grow into international markets.

Robert Sanders, Head of International Projects at EBN, stated “This project will support the development of high tech creative industries in Europe. By leveraging the strengths of our European partners’ working with the local creative economy, we aim to directly engage and support these companies to grow in Europe and beyond.

During the next two years, this Horizon2020 funded initiative will select 100 companies in Europe, connect them with each other and set them up with a pan-European support team. An international team will then help identify and introduce them to the clients, investors and contacts they need to grow their business in new markets. Parallel to this, the project will provide an online resource centre via to help 1000 creative entrepreneurs’ access training programmes and support to develop their venture.  


Contact info: For more information about ACE Creative please visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Note to business support organisations:  ACE Creative is aiming at creating a pan-European support network for innovative creative businesses. If you are interested in joining the ACE Creative support network please contact Margaret Mulligan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).



How an historian goes digital!

Alexandre Pinto, founder and CEO at iClio, an ACE supported Company, talks about the future of technology in tourism during Tourism Day at Lisbon Challenge. 

The Lisbon Challenge is the biggest Europe accelerator program for startups. Tourism is one of the major focus of this program, with great startups currently in the program and investors very interested in this segment. To discuss the present and future market trends and the great business ideas coming to tourism from the startup world, Lisbon Challenge and Turismo de Portugal held a one day event with startups, investors and key international players!


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