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Bolton Trust Innovation Awards 2019

Posted: 8 May, 2019

Shane O'Sullivan of Glimpse was announced as the winner of the 2019 Bolton Trust Innovation Awards. The event took place on Wednesday, 1 May at the offices of PwC, who support the awards.

Prof. David FitzPatrick, President of TU Dublin, with Shane O’Sullivan of Glimpse, PwC partner John Dunne and Bolton Trust chairman John Lauder

Shane, a recent graduate of the New Frontiers Programme at Technological University Dublin and IADT Dún Laoghaire, successfully convinced the judging panel that their venture represents the strongest potential for global expansion and return-on-investment. 

Glimpse has developed an ad-tech offering called Consensys which analyses the demographic profile of visitors as they walk past digital advertising displays. Consensys uses this information to display advertisements specifically targeted at the dominant demographic profile of viewers at that point in time. Consensys also measures the number of people who looked at an advertisement and for how long, offering advertisers and media owners a radically enhanced level of performance information. Consensys integrates seamlessly with any advertising screen and Content Management System.

Shane O’Sullivan studied Computer Science at Maynooth University before going on to work with Amazon Web Services. Co-founder Oran Mulvey recently graduated from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School with a 1st Class Honours in MSc Marketing in Practice.

Announcing the winner, John Lauder, Chairman of the Bolton Trust, said: “Our Awards aim to help highly innovative start-ups along the sometimes difficult road to securing investment.  Combined, our three shortlisted finalists this year were seeking in the region of €3.5 million, and I am very glad to report that our three most recent winners have raised €4 million since their success in the Awards." 

Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: “Our 2019 global CEO survey highlighted that 85% of CEOs believe that Artificial Intelligence will significantly change the way business is done in the next few years.  The 2019 finalists have identified the opportunities that artificial intelligence, and other technologies, can bring to business and this is at the core of their innovations. Technology and innovation are also at the core of PwC’s strategy to be the most technology-enabled professional services firm in Ireland.  We are delighted to support Irish entrepreneurs through these Awards and wish all of the candidates every success.”   

This evening, the three finalists pitched to an invited audience and a panel of judges including Debbie Rennick of ACT Venture Capital, Mary Lambkin-Coyle, Professor of Marketing at the UCD School of Business, Charlie Taylor, a business journalist with The Irish Times and Cyril Murphy, Founder/CEO, Equiendo. The runners up were Keith Curley, Gladcloud, an AI-based location marketing platform and Patrick Liddy, Utility AR, who has developed augmented reality solutions for industry.

The Bolton Trust Awards are open to teams who have completed Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers Programme at Technological University Dublin and IADT Dún Laoghaire. Since 2012, no fewer than 377 teams have completed the programme, which offers a package of finance, training and workspace. These teams, including companies like Hub Controls, Cortechs and Artomatix, have gone on to raise in excess of €40m of investment and generate in the region of 1,000 jobs. Previous winners of the Bolton Trust Innovation Awards have included Checkventory, YourSmileDirect and Kinesense.