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Dublin City Enterprise Winner 2020 & National Innovation Award Winner 2020

 Niall Campion and Pat O’Connor founders of VRAI 3 Years of Growth of a Technology Business

Complimentary Skillsets to Innovative Business

VRAI was found in August 2017 by Niall Campion and Pat O’Connor. They saw an opportunity to develop virtual reality training products for high hazard environments. Previously, Niall spent over 15 years working in the Film and TV industry. Pat worked for 20 years in the Irish Defence Forces. By combining their backgrounds and skills they have built an award winning virtual reality tech training business.

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence – Their Unique Service 

VRAI is a tech business that has innovatively combined Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide enterprise and public service organisations with a scalable, remote training solution.

VR simulation training provides reduced risk improved outcomes and increased information retention in comparison to traditional training. VR allows employees to train remotely without the need to travel to training centres.

VRAI created HEAT, allowing organisations whose activities are risky, remote or rare to train in a more authentic, memorable and measurable way.  HEAT creates authentic virtual training environments, with cutting edge data capture and analytics, to improve performance, safety and training outcomes. VRAI’s aim is to reduce workplace deaths and serious injuries to zero, immersion training, by improving the quality and safety of high-hazard training through personalised AI reporting and analytics.

Accomplishments: Awards, Money Raised and Certificates

  • VRAI were the winner of the Dublin City Enterprise Award for 2020, taking home the top prize of €5,000.
  • They represented the LEO Dublin City at the virtual National Enterprise Awards on the 11th of February 2021 in the Mansion House Dublin, where they won the Innovation Award.
  • VRAI has also won the Social and Sustainable Start-up 2020 in the National Start-up Awards which has an impact for advocacy.

In 2019, VRAI raised €575,000 through the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-up Programme (HPSU) to build their HEAT product.

The Triple Bottom Line

VRAI are currently in the certification process of gaining B-corporation status. They have included B-corporations within their principles. They have also changed Enterprise Irelands investment policy to invest in B-corporations which in turn opens doors for other companies. VRAI have adopted the Triple Bottom Line as a way of measuring their business success. They believe for a business to be successful and sustainable in the long term it cannot simply focus on profit alone, but must instead deliver value for people, planet and profit.

VRAI Customers VRAI provide services to the defence, security, energy, utilities, aviation and construction sectors. The company has a number of international clients such as Samsung, IAG, the United Nations, Pfizer and domestic clients ESB and Kingspan. VRAI’s platform has been used by the United Nations to raise awareness of threats caused by improvised explosive devices in Somalia, helping to eliminate threats to civilian life.

LEO Support

VRAI applied for the Priming Grant in 2018 and were successful. Niall Campion outlined “we received a grant from DCC LEO in 2018. This grant allowed us to move from being a sole trader business employing contract staff to employing our first 2 full-time staff members. These 2 staff members are now a core part of our team of 20. The LEO support allowed us to add full time staff, on a respectable salary, with reduced risk.”

Contact Details & Further Details

Niall Campion & Pat O’ Connor - hello@vraisimulation.com

+353 (0)1 547 9534


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