Outvesting announces winner – Irish politics site KildareStreet.com

kildarestreetcom[Ireland] KildareStreet.com, a website that hopes to keep Irish politicians in check, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural €5,000 Outvesting fund.

The fund was a grassroots effort started by James Corbett and John Keyes and designed to highlight the lack of very early stage funding for startups in Ireland. Donations were solicited by Twitter at €50 a pop, with those that gave money becoming part of the voting panel.

KildareStreet (named after the Irish version of “Downing St”, where the Irish government is based) won the competition by a quite a wide margin, perhaps proof that a mistrust of politicians, especially in the current economic climate, is universal. The site was founded by broadcaster, journalist and web developer John Handelaar, and journalist Gavin Sheridan. Both are based in Cork. The project was inspired by a similar effort for UK politics, TheyWorkForYou, including being based on the same source code.

The Outsourcing runners up were Greenhouse Limerick, a start-up incubator, and memberGRIP, a web-based membership management solution.