Irish start-up Protex AI has raised $18 million (€18.1 million) to help support the launch of its safety technology in Europe and the US. Co-founded by TCD and LaunchBox alumnus Dan Hobbs, and Ciarán O'Meara, the company plans to grow its business operations team, particularly in the US, and currently employs 22 people, mainly in Ireland.

Protex AI uses artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to identify potentially unsafe behaviour in settings such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities and ports, helping to proactively protect workers and create safer workplaces.