Pictured are (l-r): Brendan Looney, Horus; John Lauder, Chairman, Bolton Trust; Paul Hennessy, Outbound; Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner PwC and sponsor; Pierce Dargan, Equine MediRecord and Aimée Madden, Clinishift.
Four Irish technology start-ups have been selected to participate in the final stage of the 2018 Bolton Trust/PwC Innovation Awards at PwC's Spencer Dock headquarters in Dublin on April 18.
The finalists, all recent graduates of the DIT/IADT New Frontiers programme, will aim to convince the judges that their venture represents the strongest potential for investment, with a prize of €10,000 on offer.
The 2018 finalists are:
Speaking at the annouuncement of the shortlist, PwC managing partner Feargal O'Rourke said: “It is important to support Irish 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.
"Making a difference through ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship is core to the PwC values and is what these awards are all about."
"Leveraging emerging technologies such as data analytics, automation and machine learning will be a key driver for firms to be more competitive in the years ahead. It is interesting to see that many of these innovations lie at the core of the product and service offerings of our finalists.”
The four finalists reflect the variety of companies availing of the New Frontiers Programme backed by Enterprise Ireland. Since 2012, the 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.
Announcing the finalists for the 2018 awards, chairman of the Bolton Trust, John Lauder, 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 recent winners like YourSmileDirect, now employing more than 50 people in Stillorgan, bears strong testament to the impact of the supports we jointly offer.”
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