Docklands Innovation Awards 2015

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Three companies, each seeking expansion funding, will battle it out at the 2015 Docklands Innovation Enterprise Awards to secure the title of ‘best investment proposal 2015’ and a prize of €10,000. The finalists, all of whom are recent graduates of  the Dublin Institute of Technology Hothouse New Frontiers Programme, will pitch their investment proposals and be questioned by an experienced panel of judges on their business plans. The event is supported by PwC and the Awards Evening will take place on Wednesday, 11th March at PwC, One Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

The three shortlisted individuals are:

Eric Risser, Artomatix

Adrian Walsh, CheckVentory

David Palmer, FenestraPro

They will each give a 20 minute presentation on their investment proposal and be questioned by a panel of judges. Now in its thirteenth year, the Docklands Innovation Enterprise Awards is the initiative of Docklands Innovation 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. Since their inception the Awards have showcased 180 companies who have gone on to create 700 jobs. Last year’s winner Propertygate went on to raise investment and now employs eight people. Docklands Innovation - A Bolton Trust initiative 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 300 people currently employed by the 60 companies based at the 14,000 square metre Docklands Innovation Park on Dublin’s East Wall Road.

Docklands Innovation is committed to helping the growth of indigenous Irish enterprises and fostering entrepreneurship. Chairman Pat McCormack  commented : “At this time it is more important than ever for strategic investment in young innovative companies who represent employment opportunities for our economy.  This year’s finalists  have been selected from a cohort of twenty excellent applicants all representing real opportunities with global potential  for investment. Coming from a variety of sectors all are seeking to expand quickly into global markets.”

The MC for the event is Ian Guider, Markets Editor, Sunday Business Post.

The judging panel are: Dermot Berkery, Partner, Delta Partners, Sonia Flynn, Managing Director, Facebook Ireland, Barry Murphy, CEO, TCAS Online, Tom Shinkwin, Partner, Enterprise Equity Venture Capital.

Speaking at the Awards shortlist announcement, Ronan Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC, said:
"Recent research by PwC found that the majority of companies feel that innovation is a competitive necessity.  However, it is acknowledged that coming up with new ideas and commercialising them is not easy.  Forging an organisational culture that promotes innovation, getting closer to the customer to find out what they really want and directing innovation accordingly is more important than ever. It is equally important to support our young entrepreneurs, who are leading innovators, and they will create jobs and play a key role in our economy's growth.  PwC is delighted to support these Awards and wishes the candidates every success."  

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