The 9 entrepreneurs highlighted below are shortlisted for the 2013 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards – wonder which one will be presented with the €100k+ prize package by guest speaker, Michael Kearney, Manager of the Irish national rugby team and co-founder of the Snap Printing and Home Instead Senior Care franchises in Ireland and Chris Horn, chair of the judging panel, on Thursday 17th January?!!
The overall winner will receive a prize package comprising more than €100,000 of mentoring from various experts and €10,000 in cash!
The David Manley Media Award winner will also be presented that day – this is the 4th year of this Award and previous winners were Tom McEnaney (2012), John Kennedy of Silicon Republic (2011) and RTE’s John Murray (2010). Our judging panel for this Award is also led by Chris Horn and also features 11890’s Nicola Byrne and Dr. Tom Cooney of DIT. The Award is sponsored by Kantar Media.
We couldn’t run our Awards without the help and support of Business to Arts, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Business Innovation Centres, Incubation Centres and Enterprise Support Agencies. Also, our continued thanks to our two new sponsors – Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Bank’s “Small Business Can.”
Dr. Ann Shortt and Paul Mc Carthy developed “Full Health” – an enhanced preventive health care method of communicating test results to patients. “Full Health” is a software solution that allows medical practitioners to instantly generate a simple, graphically designed patient report that explains what was tested, why, and what the results mean in the context of the patient’s own personal set of circumstances.
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Ronan Clarke was previously involved in the construction industry and when this declined in 2008, he was keen to develop a business which was innovative, had export potential and embraced new technologies. The result is Smart Wall Paint which turns any surface into a whiteboard and was launched last year. The no-odour, non-toxic paint is applicable to most surfaces including walls, desks, table tops, doors, glass etc and works with all normal whiteboard or drywipe markers.
Antonio Ruzzelli, Seamus Porter, Anthony Schoofs and Alex Sintoni, the co-founders at Wattics, have developed a revolutionary energy-monitoring mechanism which fingerprints appliances energy waves and can track energy cost down to a machine/appliance level in a company with just a single meter at the distribution board. This has been proven to reduce the cost of company electrical machine sub-metering by a factor of 10 against traditional solutions.
Business Shortlist 2013
Friends, J.P. Swaine and David Keegan established ‘First Fortnight’ in January 2010. They believe that the prejudice, stigma and discrimination around mental health can be alleviated by getting people to communicate and talk openly about it. J.P. comments, “We wanted to create a space where people wouldn’t be scared to talk about mental health as it will affect 1 in 4 of them at some stage. First Fortnight happens in the first two weeks of January as that is when we all feel a little raw and are more likely to be open to an empathic response.”
BLOCK T is a co-operative organization and not for profit business that provides a platform for visual and performing arts, as well as fostering philosophical, creative and social innovation, locally and internationally. It was set up in July 2010 by 7 co-founders led by Laura G Dovn and Ben Readman. They aim to transcend the status of being an arts centre, studios or gallery and to provide a platform for creative thinking of all kinds.
In July 2010, Agata Stoinska set up Blow Photo Magazine to offer a platform for emerging and established Irish and international photographers. Agata, Karolina Schlagner (managing editor), and their small team went against the trend of producing an online only magazine as they believe there is a strong need for print magazines especially in the visual arts arena. “Blow is not a magazine to be flipped through, rather our aim is for it to be a ‘hand-held exhibition’ for the reader,” says Agata.
Arts Shortlist 2013
Archipelago was set up in 2010 by John Egan and Steven Menton to create an Irish community of young entrepreneurs working to reduce youth unemployment and emigration in Ireland by making enterprise a viable career choice. They do this through events, think tanks, courses and programmes. The renowned “Archie Boost” sees one entrepreneur at each monthly “Archie Talk” win the ‘gate receipts’ – usually about €3,000 plus a communications clinic, account workshop and more.
Lucy Masterson co-founded Hireland in January 2011 which is based on the simple belief that everyone in Ireland can be part of the economic recovery – and that recovery will come about one job at a time. Hireland challenges SMEs around the country to pledge to ‘hire one’ additional staff member and thus help change the mindset from one of firing to one of hiring. “Since Hireland was launched, 6,000 jobs have already been pledged and over 4,000 people have returned to work,” Masterson says.
MissionV was founded by James Corbett and Margaret Keane to inspire and engage children in their learning, particularly those who are at risk of significantly underachieving. It allows them to demonstrate talent that may lie undiscovered in the traditional classroom by providing a highly creative, totally immersive game-based learning environment. This helps them design and create their own, curriculum-based, interactive content – for powerful new learning experiences.