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13 November 2015

Gael Form Ltd takes Grand Prix Award at the 2015 Bank of Ireland Startup Awards

Pictured are Minister Damian English with Grand Prix Startup Award winners Charlie McCarron and Colm Griffin from  Gael Form Ltd, Ashbourne , Co Meath, with Liam McLoughlin, Chief Executive, Retail Ireland at  Bank of Ireland

Gael Form Ltd has won the Grand Prix Startup of the Year Award at the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2015. Gael Form Ltd was also awarded the gold award in the Service Startup of the Year category, at the awards ceremony which took place on Thursday, 12 November in, Croke Park in Dublin. 

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. This year, awards were presented to deserving winners across 11 categories including tech, retail, product and innovation with  gold, silver and bronze winners been awarded in each category. (A full list of winners is available in the notes to editors).

The gold award winners across the other categories were MyDealDoc, winner of the Digital Online Startup of the Year, Standard Access, winner of the Tech Startup of the Year,, winner of the Innovative Startup of the Year, Ullcatch Ltd, winner of the Product Startup of the Year,  Present Tree, winner of the Retail/Franchise Startup of the Year, Orwell & Browne, winner of the Home or Craft- based Startup of the Year, Leaves Ventures Ltd,  winner of the Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup of the Year and in a new category added to the awards for the first time this year  Ageria, was  the winner of the Overseas Startup Setting Up in Ireland Award. Fiona McKeon, CEO of BizWorld Ireland was crowned the winner of the Startup Hero Award.

Commenting on the Awards, Stephen Dillon, Founder of said "The first few years in any business are by far the toughest and we believe that it is really important to give startups encouragement and recognition at this early stage.

“It is our sincere hope that all of the entrants have enjoyed the experience and benefited from their involvement in the Startup Awards. I would like to thank Bank of Ireland and all our sponsors for their continued support.  The competition was very tough this year so a huge congratulations to all our finalists and winners." 

Gerry Prizeman Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland said “We are very proud to sponsor the Startup Awards again this year. We are delighted to support Ireland’s start-ups and the awards are an excellent platform to recognise the best and brightest start-ups in Ireland. I want to congratulate all those who were shortlisted for the awards and in particular those who won an award tonight. Their hard work and dedication has truly paid off”.  

The Startup Awards are run by and were open to sole traders, partnerships and companies in business for three years or less with up to 30 employees.

For more information on the awards visit


Notes to Editors

The Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2015 Winners

Digital/Online Startup of the Year

GOLD                         MyDealDoc

SILVER                      Nutritics

BRONZE                   Topper Technology Ltd

Tech Startup of the Year

GOLD             Standard Access     

SILVER          Dublin Design Studio        

BRONZE       Solgari          

Innovative Startup of the Year


SILVER          Cyc-lok Ltd

BRONZE       THEYA          

Product Startup of the Year

GOLD             Ullcatch Ltd

SILVER          AquababesNI Ltd    

BRONZE       PUNC Ltd     

Service Startup of the Year

GOLD             Gael Form Ltd

SILVER          Irish Whiskey Museum      

BRONZE       Last Minute Minders           

Retail / Franchise Startup of the Year

GOLD             The Present Tree

SILVER          SWAP/NU    

BRONZE       Moontour

Home or Craft-Based Startup of the Year

GOLD             Orwell & Browne     

SILVER          Sallyann’s Handmade Bags        

BRONZE       The Irish Nettle Company 

Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup of the Year

GOLD            Leaves Ventures Ltd                      

SILVER          The Auld Triangle Food Company Ltd   

BRONZE       Bean and Goose     

Overseas Startup Setting Up in Ireland

GOLD            Ageria

SILVER          CPC Outsourcing

BRONZE       Project Finance Credit Analytics Limited           

Startup Hero Award

Fiona McKeon – BizWorld Ireland

Grand Prix Winner

Gael Form Ltd

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