West Cork local shortlisted for prestigious Innovation Awards

Posted on: 5th February, 2014

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Barbara Murphy from Leap representing the organisation Equilume has been shortlisted in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Eighteen organisations were selected from 136 entries and are now one step closer in the search for the most innovative organisations across the island, North and South.

At a special awards ceremony on April 9, one winner from each category will be announced with an additional overall winner ‘Innovation of the Year’. Each category winner will secure a €10,000 media package with The Irish Times and an iPad. The overall winner will receive a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times, worth €150,000, along with a UCD scholarship for an Executive Education programme commencing in 2015 and a state-of-the-art laptop.

Speaking today:  Michael McAleer, Editor, Business plus Innovation, The Irish Times, said, “I would like to congratulate them on their shortlisting. The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards is all about recognising the best innovations within organisations across the island of Ireland and I think Equilume, and all the shortlist reflect the best. This year the calibre of entries was exemplary, with companies showcasing creativity and innovation at its best. Through these awards our aim is to showcase the best in practice. Many of the previous award winners have gone on to become industry and global leaders in their particular sectors. I have no doubt that they will also follow suit and go on to replicate the successes of their predecessors.”

InterTradeIreland Strategy and Policy Director Aidan Gough said “Companies that embrace an ongoing culture of innovation are more likely to grow and sustain growth. It is therefore extremely encouraging to note the high proportion of entries to this year’s awards that are based on selling new innovative products and services, of all shapes and sizes, to the marketplace.”

The overall shortlist features 18 entries from established companies, innovators, start-ups and academia from North and South. Entries were reviewed by an initial panel of judges from the world of academia, media and business, who formed the shortlist. Each of the shortlisted entries will now present their innovations before a distinguished final panel of judges in Dublin in February. The final judging panel includes:  Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times; Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO, InterTradeIreland; Dr. Ivan Coulter, CEO and founder of biotech firm Sigmoid Pharma and previous winner; Dr. David Dobbin, CBE, Group Chief Executive, United Dairy Farmers; Dr. Christopher J Horn, co-founder of Iona Technologies, Brian Caulfield, Partner at DFJ Esprit, Norman Crowley, CEO and Founder, Crowley Carbon Ltd and Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director, the Wright Group.

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