Awards


16
Jun 14

Student Entrepreneur Awards

Enterprise Ireland (EI)The Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards which are co-sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Intel, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Grant Thornton,

are Ireland’s biggest and longest established student enterprise competition for third level student teams from the whole island. The competition is aimed at encouraging students into business as a career option. The substantial prize fund includes €30,000 in cash prizes and €30,000 in consultancy fees which are available for winners to help them make a serious start at making their idea a commercial reality.

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7
May 14

24 Businesses Shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

 Pictured at the announcement of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 finalists are (from left) Tom Hayes of Enterprise Ireland, Jeremy Fitch of Invest Northern Ireland, Margaret Hearty of InterTradeIreland, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Frank O’Keeffe and Chairman of the Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, Pádraig Ó CéidighThe finalists were selected by a judging panel of previous winners including Digicel owner Denis O’Brien, Dairymaster chief executive Edmond Harty, Taxback.com founder Terry Clune, Anne Heraty of listed recruitment company CPL and Liam Casey of outsourcing manufacturer PCH.

Representing the full spectrum of industries, the 24 finalists employ 6,000 people and generate annual revenues of €628 million.

‘Accelerate ambition’
“Ireland’s business owners were particularly hard-hit by the economic downturn and now is the time to accelerate their ambition and focus their sights on the global opportunities that lie ahead,” Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of the Entrepreneur of the Year programme, said.

“Through the support of the programme, our aim is to help our 24 finalists continue to grow robust businesses, stimulate job creation and stay ahead of the curve well into the future.”

The finalists will join a group of 110 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of the programme, for a week-long chief executive retreat in Seattle and Vancouver at the end of May. The retreat will include executive education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and University of Washington in Seattle, both of which are ranked in the Top 30 universities in the world.

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7
May 14

Turn your Bright Business Dream into a Vital One

 A still from Pajanimals produced by Sixteen South. Colin Williams, the founder and director of Sixteen South – a Belfast based children’s television company – has just won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the 2014 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards. A new project funded by the European Union is matching good ideas with those who can make them real.

A still from Pajanimals produced by Sixteen South. Colin Williams, the founder and director of Sixteen South – a Belfast based children’s television company – has just won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the 2014 Aer Lingus Viscount Awards.

Are you one of those people secretly nursing a brilliant business idea or invention that you have never been able to do anything about?

If so here is your chance: an initiative called “Vital” aims to match great business ideas with the people who can turn them into a reality. Funded by the European Union, the €2.56 million project is managed jointly by Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University and Queen’s University, Belfast.

What makes this project different is that what Vital wants to do is give these good ideas the best chance of commercial success.

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14
Apr 14

Taoiseach Lauds Entrepreneurs at ‘Irish Times’ Innovation Awards

Wayne Byrne and Eoin Casey of OxyMem, overall winners in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Photograph: Conor McCabe PhotographyThe island’s hottest new innovators received some well-deserved recognition at this year’s awards where Enda Kenny presented UCD spin-out Oxymem with the overall prize

The historic baroque architecture of Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin played host to 3D presentations and a host of high-tech new innovations at this year’s Irish Times InterTradeIreland awards.

Guest of honour was Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who had the previous night attended the official banquet at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth, as part of the State Visit by President Higgins to Britain.

The Taoiseach was not alone in flying in from Britain in time to attend this year’s awards. The overall winner was also in Britain hours before the event.

Instead of witnessing the pomp and pageantry at Windsor Castle, however, Wayne Byrne was waist-deep in the waste water of Birmingham’s main treatment plant, demonstrating OxyMem’s new technology to potential buyers from across the world.

It was this export-orientated approach and a focus on the global potential of new business ideas that featured in the Taoiseach’s keynote speech as well.

In a speech that touched heavily on the significance of the visit to Britain by President Higgins, Mr Kenny underlined how stronger links across the islands can boost business.

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31
Jan 14

Nine Entrepreneurs Shortlisted for Manley Awards

Tom Lyons, senior business correspondent at The Irish TimesNine entrepreneurs are in the running for a prize package worth over €100,000 at today’s David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur awards.

Those shortlisted include the founder of the popular Temptster App, two entrepreneurs behind R-Nua Tec, a start-up helping households generate their own electricity using micro hydro-turbines, and a group of six textile designers who have created the textile print facility, Print Block.

Alongside the entrepreneur awards, the David Manley Media award will be presented today to Tom Lyons, senior business correspondent at The Irish Times. It is awarded by the judging panel to a journalist they believe has best and most regularly covered entrepreneurial issues.

Established in 2002, the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards were established to nurture Ireland’s entrepreneurial spirit in business, arts and social spheres. Since then, the awards have provided almost €1 million in support to high-potential emerging entrepreneurs. This year’s panel of judges was chaired by entrepreneur and investor Chris Horn. The guest speaker at the awards ceremony is 13-year-old Jordan Casey, founder and chief executive of Casey Games.

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4
Dec 13

Top 40 Tips From Award Winning Entrepreneurs

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericwagner/Millionaires. Centimillionaires. Billionaires.  Every one of them gathered together in the desert at the ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year‘ gala hosted by Ernst & Young and sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation For Entrepreneurship.

Yes — I’m in heaven. Thirty years of entrepreneurship under my own belt, but always seeking guidance from the best.

So with my pad and pen, I set out on a mission to get the top tips and insight from America’s best entrepreneurs. Ears perched, I wrote it all down so I could share it with you.

Without further delay, I hand you the top 40 tips by award winning entrepreneurs:

1.“If you’re afraid of losing money, you will not make it to success.” – Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani, 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year

2.“You don’t have to be first to market, you just have to deliver and execute better.” – Jeffrey Sprecher, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Intercontinental Exchange, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Pepperdine School of Business Management

3.“Connecting and collaborating are your most powerful keys to success as an entrepreneur.” – Kathy Ireland, Founder, CEO & Chief Designer of kathy ireland worldwide, 2011 Phenomenal Woman Of The Year

4.Just say ‘yes’ and then figure it out later.” – Denise Wilson, Founder & CEO, Desert Jet, 2013 EY Winning Women, #69 on Inc 500 in 2012

5.You have to be able to take the risk and be prepared to lose everything.” – Hank & Donna Roth, Founders of Cool Gear International, 2013 EY Award Winner

6.“You have to love what you’re doing. The best entrepreneurs have something to prove and it’s not about the money. And when you realize you’re not good at something, you need to try something else.” – David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, 2012 Large-Cap Firm of the Year in North America by Private Equity International

7.“The more you put in, the more you get out. The more you put in, the more you get out. The more you put in, the more you get out.” – Donna Allie, Founder & President of Team Clean, 2013 EY Award Winner

8.“You have to be passionate about solving the pain of your customers. The drive has to come from somewhere other than money.” – Philip Anson Jr., CEO of STS Aviation, 2013 EY Regional Award Winner

9.“You have to be able to break through the clutter and deliver your compelling elevator speech.” – Gary Wojtaszek, President & CEO, CyrusOne, 2013 EY Finalist

10.“Ask powerful questions. When someone says ‘no’, ask why.” – Kathy Ireland, Founder, CEO & Chief Designer of kathy ireland worldwide, 2011 Phenomenal Woman Of The Year

11.“Don’t delegate at the beginning. The best way to get a handle on the business is to learn every aspect. If things go well, you’ll be able to hire people to take over the tasks where you don’t add value.” – Seth Goldman, Co-Founder & President of Honest Tea, 2010 Top 5 Companies Of The Year, The Washington Post

12.“Listen to those who have been there before.” – Karin Mayr, Founder of Sabika, 2013 EY Regional Award Winner

13.“You need to be passionate about what you’re doing. There is nothing you won’t do when you’re passionate. You do everything and you need to be willing to do everything.” – Annette Catino, Founder & CEO of QualCare, 2013 EY Regional Award Winner

14.“Get a finance person by your side because you absolutely need to know your numbers.” – Michelle Marciniak, Co-Founder of SHEEX, 2012 EY Winning Women

15.“It will get hard, but don’t give up. Always trust your gut.” – Ellen Stang, Founder & CEO, Progeny Health, 2012 EY Winning Women

16.“Find a mentor who has already done it, but you better have something to bring to the table. Your ‘why’ will be the reason and it has to be bigger than you. Be fearless and never be worried about hearing ‘no’. No is never an indication of your potential.” – Phyllis Newhouse, Founder & CEO, Xtreme Solutions, 2013 EY Winning Women

17.“Failure does not mean stop, it’s simply a u-turn to keep going.” – Lisa Williams, Founder & CEO, World Of EPI, 2013 EY Winning Women

18.“Do the right thing — you always know what it is in your gut.” – Julia Beardwood, Founder of Beardwood & Co, 2013 EY Winning Women

19.“When it gets tough you have to gut it out because that’s the moment that differentiates.” – Kelsey Ramsden, Founder of Belvedere Place Contracting, 2013 Winning Women

20.“Solve a problem and create something that people need.” – Brian Schultz, Founder of Studio Movie Grill, 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year Regional Award Winner

21.“Don’t focus only on your business. Keep your ears to the ground and be ready for constant reinvention. No sitting back on your fat laurels.” – Jennifer Blumin, Founder of Skylight Group, 2013 EY Winning Women

22.“You have to know what you’re doing and know your numbers. Period.” – Andra Rush, Founder & CEO, The Rush Group and Detroit Manufacturing Systems, 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year Regional Award Winner

23.“Failure is your best friend on the way to success.”Dr. Kjell Nordstrom, Business Author & Associate Professor Stockholm School Of Economics, Thinkers 50 List Award

24.“Build it brick by brick. Don’t quit. Go around obstacles, but don’t get too high on the ups either.” – Lawrence Harding, Founder & President, High Street Partners, 2013 EY Award Winner

25.“I got fired and started a company, so don’t be afraid to take a risk. Do it from your heart and always be humble enough to hire above yourself.” – Leslie Firtell, Founder & CEO, Tower Legal Solutions, 2012 EY Winning Women, 2013 EY Winning Women Judge

26.“You need to get credibility by becoming a subject matter expert. Always execute with excellence and lean forward to take smart risks. Above all; listen to your gut.” – Karri Bass, Co-Founder & CEO, Illumination Research, 2013 EY Winning Women

27.“Money is just a tool to make things happen.” – Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani, 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year

28.“Flexibility is key. You have to navigate the twists and turns and make lemonade out of lemons. And never squander money. Treat each dollar as if it were your own, even if it comes from your investors.” – Adrienne Choma, Founder & Sr. Vice President, Saladax Biomedical, 2013 EY Winning Women

29.“You have to make your moment and get them to call your name. And to win, you have to go all in. Not half in. Not part way in. All in.”Pat Riley, President, Miami Heat, 2012 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

30.“Trust yourself. And remember making big leaps requires paradoxical thinking. When you have big goals, you often feel like you’re swimming upstream when everyone is pushing you back down in the other direction. But that’s what you want — a different result compared with what most everyone else wants or is willing to do what it takes to get.”Ali Brown, Founder and CEO of Elevate, 2010 EY Winning Women

31.“Telling your story right is hugely important because at the end of the day, you’re selling a story — not a number.” – Michael Small, President & CEO of gogo, 2013 CEO Of The Year Illinois Tech Association

32.“Celebrate the victories along the way.” – Jonny Jones, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Jones Energy Inc., 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year Regional Award Winner

33.“Learn how to write and talk. You are always trying to persuade someone.” – David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group, 2012 Large-Cap Firm of the Year in North America by Private Equity International

34.“Don’t let anyone’s opinion of you destroy you. You have to believe in what you do.” – Kathy Ireland, Founder, CEO & Chief Designer of kathy ireland worldwide, 2011 Phenomenal Woman Of The Year

35.“You must ask. You must ask for the sale. You must ask for the referral. You must ask for clarity. And you absolutely MUST ask for help. It is not possible to grow a business by yourself. Many entrepreneurs are brilliant, but it takes a team.” – Joy E. Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO, Taygan Point Consulting Group, 2013 EY Winning Women, 2013 Inc. 5000

36.“You must exist as a business with a better angle.” – Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani, 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year

37.“Find the 10 smartest and most relevant people in your industry and read everything they produce. I would learn from their wisdom as both a short cut to excellence and a competitive opportunity.” – Tim McMullen, Founder and CEO, Redpepper, 2009 & 2010 American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year

38.“Be curious and question everything. I was extremely curious why no one was making a better nut butter and wasn’t afraid to generate my own answers when I didn’t understand or like the responses.” – Justin Gold, Founder and CEO, Justin’s, 2013 Entrepreneur Of The Year Regional Award Winner

39.“Have an unflinching belief in what you’re doing. Stay authentic. Don’t go for the land grab.” – Raegan Moya-Jones, Co-Founder & CEO, aden + anais, 2013 EY Winning Women

40.“Rejection is a gift and failure is the best educator. So when someone knocks you down, get back up.” – Kathy Ireland, Founder, CEO & Chief Designer of kathy ireland worldwide, 2011 Phenomenal Woman Of The Year

There you have it. 40 powerful bites of wisdom you can stick on your mirror and live by as an entrepreneur. And since these come from the mouths of the very best, you’d be a fool not to.

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