PropertyGate wins Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Award 2014

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Above (L-R): DIT President Brian Norton; Award winner Tony Staunton; Hothouse Incubation Centre Manager, Bernadette O'Reilly

Tony Staunton, CEO of PropertyGate has won Best Investment proposal and prize of €10,000 at the 2014 Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards. Tony is a recent graduate of New Frontiers, the DIT Hothouse Venture Programme supported by Enterprise Ireland. DIT Hothouse co-sponsored the event along with PwC and the Bolton Trust.  The awards took place on the evening of Thursday 6th March 2014 at PWC offices in the Docklands Innovation Park.

About the winning company
Founded in 2012 by Tony Staunton and headquartered in Dublin, Propertygate is a recent graduate of the DIT Hothouse New Frontiers Programme. Propertygate is designed for asset managers who require a single platform to provide instant transparency of their portfolio. Tony has a degree in Computer Science from DIT Bolton St and prior to setting up Propertygate he worked for a number of successful Irish technology companies including Taxback.com and HostelWorld.com.

The two other shortlisted finalists were Kevin Ryan, PuraLight and Tim Schmidt, Simply Connected

Announcing the winner, Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, said: “At the heart of our Action Plan for Jobs is our vision of a new, sustainable economy based on enterprise and innovation, not property and speculation. Through our Plan we have put in place a series of measures to support innovation across the economy and also ensure that it is better targeted at turning good ideas into good jobs. The Docklands Innovation Awards is a very positive initiative aimed at supporting innovative businesses in the city centre. Congratulations are owed to all involved on their achievments, and particularly to Propertygate, a dynamic business which has won tonight’s award”.

The Chairperson of the judging panel was Ciaran Crean, MicksGarage.com and other members of the panel were: John O’Dea, Enterprise Ireland, Orla Rimmington, Kernel Capital and Richard Watson, Dublin BIC.

Ciaran Crean commented ‘The Judges were delighted to see three innovative and scalable projects with global potential being showcased by these Awards. It’s a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit in Ireland and the effectiveness of focused support available to these startups.’

Now in its twelfth year, the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards is the initiative of the Bolton Trust and DIT Hothouse and is aimed at showcasing the innovative companies emerging from Docklands Innovation Park to investors and those with an interest in start-ups. Last year’s winner, Smart Wall Paint, raised investment and now employs twelve people.

The Bolton Trust was established in 1987 at the height of Ireland’s ‘brain drain’ to promote an enterprise culture and to offer young entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop their business ideas in Ireland. There are some 350 people currently employed by the 60 companies based at the Docklands Innovation Park which is owned and managed by the Trust. The Trust is committed to helping the growth of indigenous Irish enterprises and fostering entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the event,  Ronan Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC, said:

"Research recently carried out by PwC found a direct correlation between excellence in innovation and strong revenue growth.  Business leaders are focusing on innovation which is leading to new ways of doing business.  With a renewed sense of confidence, organisations have a real opportunity to reinvigorate their businesses.  It is important, therefore, that we support our entrepreneurs, as leading innovators, who are turning fresh thinking into viable commercial propositions.  These are our future business leaders who will create jobs and play a major role in returning our economy to growth.  PwC is delighted to support these Awards.”

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