Innovative Sports Science Company Creates 24 New Jobs
Kitman Labs, Ireland's newest sports science technology company, announced that it is to create 24 new jobs after it successfully raised €475,000, in a combination of private investment and matched funding from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland's iHPSU fund. The jobs will be created over the next three years, as the company expands their operations into the UK market.
The company specialises in delivering athlete management solutions to elite sports organisations, with a focus on highlighting and predicting injury risk in professional athletes. Through the creation of Injury Profiler, Kitman Labs have developed a groundbreaking system which successfully highlights, manages and reduces the occurrence of injuries in professional sport.
Funded initially through Enterprise Ireland's Competitive Startup Funding, Kitman Labs' current round of funding includes notable private investors such as Irish Rugby captain Jamie Heaslip, two time Heineken Cup winner Kevin McLaughlin, along with Barry Maloney, founding partner at Balderton Capital, Europe's leading venture investor.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD said: “At the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs is our determination to create a powerful engine of Irish exporting businesses. Today’s announcement that Kitman Labs is to create 24 new jobs over the next three years, as the company expands their operations into the UK market, is very welcome. Here is an Irish company which, with the support of my Department and Enterprise Ireland in particular, is developing innovative products, pursuing new markets, and creating new jobs. I commend all involved on their efforts and wish them every success for the future”.
Commenting on securing the investment, Chief Executive Officer of Kitman Labs, Iarfhlaith Kelly said “This investment provides us with the perfect opportunity to launch our athlete management system into the UK. Due to our success in the Irish market, the additional funds raised through private investors and Enterprise Ireland will allow us to continue to develop this innovative technology and create additional products for the most challenging areas of professional sport.
Iarfhlaith went onto say that “Starting immediately, we have positions in software engineering and sports science and are currently recruiting to fill these roles. As the company continues to develop, we will also be creating roles in statistics and customer relations.”
Kitman Labs was founded in November 2012 by Iarfhlaith Kelly, Stephen Smith, and Jason Cowman. It's a sports science company based in the Media Cube, which is located on Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology’s (IADT) Kill Avenue campus. Both Jason and Stephen have extensive experience in the area of sports science and injury rehabilitation, having both worked at the highest levels of professional rugby. Combined with Iarfhlaith's background in software development and through collaboration with the School of Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, the Kitman Labs team have the expertise needed to develop sports science software for professional sports clubs.