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Clinishift wins the 2018 Bolton Trust/PwC Innovation Awards

19 April, 2018

Picture are (l-r): John Lauder, Chairman, Bolton Trust; Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform; Aimée Madden, Clinishift; Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC Ireland and Sarah-Jane Larkin, Director-General of the Irish Venture Capital Association.

Winning company: Aimée Madden, Clinishift

CliniShift is a communication software solution for the allocation of overtime shifts in hospitals. Using the CliniShift App and the CliniShift Managers Portal, hospital managers can communicate with their own internal staff and rapidly fill overtime shifts when vacancies appear in permanent rosters. This reduces over-reliance on external agencies and streamlines processes within the hospital. Already successfully deployed in Ireland, CliniShift is about to launch pilot deployments in the US and UK, where it is hopes to see steady growth in the next 18-24 months.

Since 2012, the DIT/IADT New Frontiers programme has offered a support package of finance, training and workspace to 160 start-ups, which have gone on to secure more than €14m in equity investment and create over 600 jobs. With products targeting the equine, facilities management, sales and healthcare sectors, the four finalists reflect the rich variety of companies availing of the New Frontiers Programme backed by Enterprise Ireland.

Announcing the winner, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, said: "Announcing the winner, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, said: “I would like to commend, not just the finalists in this prestigious Awards ceremony but all those who have taken part and taken the time to put forward their ideas, which are designed to save clients’ time and money and further improve the business landscape as they see it. Entrepreneurs, and those who take a chance in business, are the innovators and leaders of the future. And the importance of supporting them, in this increasingly uncertain world, has never been more apparent.

“As Ireland’s reputation as a centre of innovation excellence continues to grow world-wide, we must ensure that the right supports are in place to enable the continued growth of our entrepreneurial and innovation-led companies. This is why the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation was allocated in the region of €870m this year; the aim of which is to support high potential start-ups and provide seed and venture capital to young Irish companies in the coming years, among other things. The Government policy document, Enterprise 2025 Renewed, which was recently published, sets as a key target, the ranking of Ireland in the top 5 most competitive small countries in the world. The diversity and quality of the entries again this year at the Bolton Trust / PwC Innovation Awards clearly supports that ambition."

John Lauder, Chairman of the Bolton Trust, said: ‘The Trust was first established by staff members of DIT in 1987 with the goal of assisting entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses in Ireland. After the turbulence of the last decade, we understand more than ever the crucial importance of a strong base of indigenous companies. As a Trust, we are delighted to work with our partner organisations - DIT, IADT and PwC - to help founders through the early, precarious stages of their venture. The success of past winners like YourSmileDirect, now employing more than 50 people in Stillorgan, bears strong testament to the impact of the supports we jointly offer.’

"Making a difference through ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship is core to the PwC Values and is what these Awards are all about. We congratulate the winner and all of the finalists who have done so well.”

Feargal O'Rourke Managing Partner, PwC Ireland

Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: “In the most recent PwC CEO survey, over three-quarters (76%) of Irish CEOs believe that technology will significantly change competition in their industry in the next five years. Leveraging emerging technologies such as data analytics, automation and machine learning will be a key driver for firms to be more competitive. It is interesting to note that many of these innovations lie at the core of the product and service offerings of our finalists this evening. It is important to support our entrepreneurs who will play a key role in our economy’s continued growth. Making a difference through ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship is core to the PwC Values and is what these Awards are all about. We congratulate the winner and all of the finalists who have done so well.”

Runners up

Brendan Looney, Horus

Horus has developed a predictive monitoring platform to prevent expensive machine failures in plant and HVAC environments. Using proprietary technology, the Horus Sentinel™ sensor detects downward trends in the performance of a device and triggers a warning, allowing the issue to be addressed before the device fails. Horus makes maintenance predictive rather than reactive, thus reducing the costs of manual inspection and of unforeseen machine failures. The company has already secured pre-sales in Ireland, Finland, Turkey and Australia.

Paul Hennessy, Outbound

Outbound is a revolutionary B2B platform for outbound sales teams. Outbound mines publicly available data sources to generate a dynamic database of customers with a proven interest in a certain type of product or service. With instant access to pre-qualified contacts, Outbound then uses artificial intelligence to help sales teams identify who best to target, what message to convey and through which channel to engage. This increases effectiveness, reduces lead conversion times and eliminates traditional lead generation costs, enabling companies to enhance conversion rates and grow faster.

Pierce Dargan, Equine MediRecord

As a third-generation racehorse owner and breeder, Pierce was only too familiar with the paper-based systems used to record the administration of medication or supplements to a horse. This led Pierce, and co-founder Simon Hillary, to develop Equine MediRecord - a digital platform that allows breeders/trainers to record such information from their mobile phone. Industry regulators can review such data remotely without the need to visit each yard. Crucially, Equine MediRecord has been approved by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board and the British Horseracing Authority as the first and only non-paper-based system to meet current regulations requirements.

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