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30 May 2016

Surf Accounts wins Grand Prix Award at the 2016 Bank of Ireland Startup Awards

Surf Accounts has picked up the Grand Prix Startup of the Year Award at the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2016 which took place on Thursday, 26 May in the RHA in Dublin. 

Surf Accounts, founded by Ray Rogers, was also named overall winner in the Digital/Online Startup of the Year category. A Dublin-based company, Surf Accounts provides businesses with an easy to use online accounting package which helps users take charge and produce accounts wherever and whenever they choose. With a number of chartered accountants on the team, Surf Accounts works closely with businesses to enable the smooth production of management and statutory financial statements. 

Established in 2012, the Startup Awards recognise innovative, successful and aspirational Irish startup companies who have launched their businesses in the last three years. This year, awards were presented to deserving winners across 12 categories including tech, retail, product and innovation with gold, silver and bronze winners being awarded in each category. 

The gold award winners across the other categories were Kollect, winner of the Innovative Startup of the Year, Whelehan’s Wine, winner of the Creative Retail Startup of the Year, Pip & Pear Chilled Baby Food, winner of the Food & Drink Startup of the Year, Cyc-Lok winner of the Sustainable Startup of the Year, Urban Volt, winner of the Service Startup of the Year, Ujet Group Ltd., winner of the Emerging Startup of the Year, Truzees, winner of the Home/Craft based Startup of the Year, Temp Buddy, winner of the Tech Startup of the Year and Hub Controls, winner of the Product & Manufacturing Startup of the Year. Olwen Dawe, was crowned the winner of the Startup Hero Award. 

Commenting on the Awards, Stephen Dillon, Founder of Startups.ie said “Starting a business takes extreme resilience and determination particularly in the early years. With startups in Ireland accounting for 66% of all new jobs created last year, these companies are an important part of the growth of our economy and they deserve to be recognised, particularly in the early stages of development. 

 “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.” 


David Merriman, Head of Enterprise Development at Bank of Ireland said “This is the third year of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards and we are thrilled to be partnering with Startups.ie on such an exciting initiative. As Ireland’s leading Bank for business we are committed to supporting new and emerging entrepreneurs as they grow and develop their business and we have been incredibly impressed by the innovative, highly motivated individuals and groups that have come through this competition. In addition to recognising the immense contribution that Ireland’s innovators and entrepreneurs make to the economy, the Startup Awards provide a platform to promote these young companies on a national stage. On behalf of Bank of Ireland, I commend everyone who has participated and congratulate all of our winners and runners up. I have no doubt we will see some exciting progress as these companies continue to evolve.” 

For more information on the awards visit www.startupawards.ie or the Bank of Ireland Twitter account @BOIbusiness using the dedicated hastag #boistartupawards. 

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