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, Partsyard.ie, 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 Startups.ie 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 Startups.ie 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 www.startupawards.ie
Notes to Editors
The Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2015 Winners
Digital/Online Startup of the Year
BRONZE Topper Technology Ltd
Tech Startup of the Year
GOLD Standard Access
SILVER Dublin Design Studio
Innovative Startup of the Year
SILVER Cyc-lok Ltd
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
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
SILVER CPC Outsourcing
BRONZE Project Finance Credit Analytics Limited
Startup Hero Award
Fiona McKeon – BizWorld Ireland
Grand Prix Winner
Gael Form Ltd