For Immediate Release

Equine MediRecord Named as a Finalist in Google Startup Competition

Dublin, May 29, 2018 – New tech start-up – Equine MediRecord was founded by Pierce Dargan and Simon Hillary has been named as one of the eight finalists in the prestigious Google Adopt a Startup Programme. The company is revolutionising the multi-billion euro horse racing industry by digitising the many medical regulatory records of its thoroughbreds. The company sells and maintains a mobile application, website and database to allow proper, timely recording of the many medicines and vaccinations that are routinely administered. This is the first and only digital system that has been deemed as an acceptable alternative by British and Irish regulators to the current paper-based system that is used globally. Equine MediRecord has been endorsed by many leading racing stakeholders.

Simon Hillary and Pierce Dargan

Equine MediRecord was one of thirty two companies to make it into the 12 week programme. During this time the start-ups took part in a mentoring programme from Google employees and attended a series of lectures and workshops at the company’s EMEA headquarters at Silicon Docks in Dublin. More than 100 companies have participated in Google Adopt a Startup programme since its inception five years ago, and many have gone on to raise significant capital funding and greatly increase their employee numbers.


Equine MediRecord will face stiff competition against the seven other finalists who include start-ups in the waste management, food, software and automotive sectors. The winner will receive €10,000 in AdWords credit as well as eligibility for the Google Cloud programme, which comes with €100,000 Google Cloud credit. Previous winners include the likes of Food Cloud, a tech startup connecting charities with over 2,000 businesses, in Ireland and the UK, that have surplus food resulting in more than 18 million meals being diverted from landfill in the past five years, and LogoGrab, a company that is stopping fraudsters illegally using companies’ logos which raised over €1 million in investment last year and has clients that include Disney and KFC.

Contact: Pierce Dargan

Chief Executive Officer

Equine MediRecord

[email protected]

Contact: Google Adopt A Start Up

[email protected]

About EMR

Equine MediRecord (EMR) develops, sells and maintains the first software platform to be approved to replace the paper regulatory documentation that is required to be kept by horse farms to ensure equine welfare & anti-doping regulations are followed. The EMR platform has been approved by the relevant government departments and currently operates in Ireland, U.K. , France, Saudi Arabia and USA. EMR has amassed clients such as Arabian Racing Organisation, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), Thoroughbred Owners of California, Breeders Cup World Championships, Maryland 5 Star, Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and 1S/T Racing for American Classic Preakness Stakes and Pegasus World Cup. EMR secured an 8 figure investment from Merit Holdings and joined their Business Infusions Group in 2022


About Google Adopt a Startup

Adopt A Startup is a startup mentoring programme whose mission is to accelerate the growth of high-potential Irish startups. Through hands-on mentoring from Google Consultants, industry networking opportunities and exclusive lectures and workshops at Google’s EMA HQ, we strive to help ambitious startups to scale their business further.


Since launching our first Adopt a Startup programme in 2014, we have worked with over 160 high-potential Irish start-ups helping them scale for growth. Many have gone on to raise significant capital funding and greatly increase their employee numbers further demonstrating the vibrancy of Ireland’s startup community.

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