Bank of Ireland has announced the shortlist of companies for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2015 national final in Croke Park on Thursday, 12 November. 57 companies have been shortlisted for an award with gold, silver and bronze awards across nine categories and two additional awards, the ‘Startup Hero Award’ and the ‘Grand Prix – Startup of the Year Award’.
Established in 2012, the Startup Awards recognise innovative, successful and aspirational Irish start-up companies who have launched their businesses in the last three years. The initiative recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across a range of sectors including digital, food and drink, retail and technology. Last year, the winner of the Grand Prix award was Agile Networks and Irish Biz Party won the Startup Hero Award, highlighting the diverse range of organisations that entered across all sectors. A new category has been added to the awards this year to recognise the significant contribution made by those who come to Ireland to set up their business, the ‘Overseas Startup Setting Up in Ireland Award’.
Stephen Dillon, Founder of Startups.ie said, “We would like to congratulate all the shortlisted companies for making it to this stage of the competition and to wish them the very best of luck on the rest of this exciting journey. The Startup Awards more than anything else are here to offer encouragement and support to entrepreneurs who are working hard and innovating to build businesses that will ultimately create employment and benefit the greater economy.
“We hope that the Startup Awards will be a great support to the shortlisted companies by providing additional credibility, boosting morale and by opening new doors with the exposure received.
“There is now a real vibrancy in the Irish Startup Ecosystem and it is essential that we maintain this energy and momentum. With the Startup Awards we are proud to play our part in supporting entrepreneurship in Ireland and we very much look forward to the big night ahead!."
Gerry Prizeman Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland said “We are very proud to sponsor the Startup Awards, which are an excellent platform to acknowledge and profile the best and brightest startups in Ireland. The calibre of entries this year was exceptionally high across all sectors and I want to congratulate those who have been shortlisted for an award. I am looking forward to the awards night which will celebrate the enthusiasm and enterprise of all those nominated for an award”.
The Startup Awards are run by Startups.ie and were open to sole traders, partnerships and Irish companies in business for three years or less with up to 30 employees.
For more information on the awards and for the full list of companies nominated for an award visit www.startupawards.ie
Shortlist of Companies Nominated for a Bank of Ireland Startup Award:
Digital/Online Startup of the Year
Tech Startup of the Year
Innovation Startup of the Year
Product Startup of the Year
Service Startup of the Year
Retail/Franchise Startup of the Year
Home or Craft-based Startup of the Year
Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup of the Year
Overseas Startup Setting up in Ireland